Volunteer Managers Blog Archives

Volunteer Managers wear at least twenty hats and probably more. Among your many roles, you are human resource specialists, marketers, facilitators, systems experts, and data analysts. That’s a broad list of skills to master, and we receive little formal training to bring us up to speed.

The Volunteer Managers Blog ran from 2014 – 2021. It is my contribution to the skill-building piece. If you search through the archives, you will find over 150 posts covering practices in just about every area of volunteer engagement. Here’s to doing your important work with more confidence and ease.

Guest Post: The Power of “Yes”

Guest Post: The Power of “Yes”

Here's what happens when a Leader of Volunteers accepts all offers of support. In August 2020, I joined many of my peers having to scramble to find a new job thanks to the pandemic. I wanted to stay in the same field, and I needed to be part of a mission I could...

Guest Post: What Good Could Come After a No?

Guest Post: What Good Could Come After a No?

At home or at the office, you can transform a "no" decision to a "yes" by following this advice. Cicadas. It was 2020, and I was already getting nervous about the every 17-year invasion of cicadas these nasty insects, due in the Washington, DC area in 2021. I was more...