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Volunteer administrators, volunteer managers, volunteer coordinators… Whatever you call them, they organize the efforts of volunteers to make a difference in their communities.
The following are some of the resources available for volunteer managers.
Indiana Association of Volunteer Centers (IAVC)
IAVC is a statewide association acting as a unified voice to strengthen volunteer centers, volunteer programs, and to promote voluntarism.
Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network (POLF)
POLF is a national network of volunteer centers.
Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA)
"DOVIA is the generic name for "Directors of Volunteers in Agencies" associations."
Central Indiana Association for Volunteer Administrators (CIAVA)
CIAVA's mission is "to shape the future of volunteerism by promoting and strengthening the profession of Volunteer Services Management."
Northeastern Indiana Association of Volunteer Administrators (NIAVA)
“NIAVA seeks to promote professionalism in the field of volunteer administration and to provide those who manage volunteers with a forum for the exchange of ideas, the tools with which to upgrade skills, and a framework for developing and maintaining high standards of professional competency.”
Central Indiana Corporate Volunteer Council (CICVC)
"The Central Indiana CVC is a group of businesses that work together to help meet the community's needs by promoting and participating in community volunteerism."
Southwestern Indiana Business Volunteer Network
"The Southwestern Indiana Business Volunteer Network, through collaboration with local nonprofits, strives to champion workplace volunteerism and maximize the positive impact of corporations and businesses in the community."
Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (INVOAD)
“The mission of the Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is to bring together voluntary organizations active in disaster services to foster more effective response to the people of Indiana in times of disaster through cooperation, coordination, communication, education, convening mechanism, and legislation.”
Congress of Volunteer Administrator Associations
"The Congress of Volunteer Administrator Associations (COVAA) began as an event. It was a first-ever convening of official representatives of existing associations of volunteer program managers throughout the United States."
Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration
CVA certification is not a curriculum, but a credentialing program that tests a person's "knowledge in use." CIAVA has hosted a study group for individuals who apply for certification.
Many volunteer centers offer volunteer management training.
Indiana Non-Profit Resource Network
The Non-Profit Resource Network is "a regionally-based service providing affordable, accessible, and high quality public and private workshops, board retreats, and consultant referral."
President's Volunteer Service Award
The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes any individual, family, or group that has volunteered for a certain number of hours over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime.
Has a volunteer in your community received the President's Award? Let us know so we can recognize them in our weekly newsletter, the Friday Night Fax.
Governor's Awards for Volunteer Service
The deadline for nominations for the 2008 Governor's Awards for Volunteer Service has passed. Be sure to check back next year for the 2009 awards.
Daily Points of Light Award
The Daily Points of Light Award recognizes outstanding individuals and groups who create innovative solutions to meet the needs of their communities.
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week will take place April 27 - May 3, 2008. This is a great opportunity to recognize your volunteers and promote volunteerism in general.
Click here to see the Governor’s Proclamation for Volunteer Week 2007.
Provides training, consulting and publishing for the volunteer sector.
The Resource Center
Tools and training for volunteer and service programs from the Corporation for National and Community Service
Provides information on all aspects of volunteerism.
Seasons of Service
A "portfolio of national opportunities for people to volunteer for service projects and activities throughout the year," sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation.
Volunteering in America: 2007 State Trends and Rankings in Civic Life
A report on volunteering and civic engagement in the United States from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Includes a profile of Indiana at http://cns.gov/pdf/VIA/VIA_synopsis_IN.pdf.
Volunteering in America: Resources for Retention
More ideas for keeping volunteers engaged in your organization, from the Corporation for National and Community Service.