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Connecting and Engaging Extension Volunteers

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  • 1. Connections and Engagement Conference University of Wisconsin-Extension October 19-22, 2010 1
  • 2. Indentify key words that show the differences between:  Volunteers  Volunteer Management  Volunteer Development 2
  • 3.  Volunteerism Trends  Working with Volunteers  Volunteer Systems that Make a Difference  Engaging the New Age Volunteers  Organizational Changes that Embrace Today’s Volunteer 3
  • 4.  Think about a program run by volunteers that you supervise. ◦What are the trends that you are seeing &/or experiencing? ◦What are the implications of the trends – the so what? 4
  • 5.  1.5 million volunteers  33.5% of residents volunteer - ranking them 13th among the 50 states and Washington, DC  158.6 million hours of service  36 hours per resident - ranking them 23rd among the 50 states and Washington, DC  $3.3 billion of service contributed  Source: Corporation for National and Community Service 5
  • 6.  Corporation for National and Community Service: Volunteering in America ◦ http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/volunteering/in dex.asp  Time Value of Volunteers ◦ http://independentsector.org/programs/research/volu nteer_time.html 6
  • 7.  Start with a Plan!  Consider the Organization ◦ Volunteer Administration and Management Strategies  Consider the Individual Volunteer ◦ Volunteer Development Strategies 7
  • 8. .. Volunteer Readiness and Education Volunteer Development Engagement of Volunteers and Sustainability Volunteer Management Volunteer Delivery System Personal Readiness Organizational Readiness 8
  • 9.  Volunteer management or administration is the utilization of volunteers to achieve organizational goals by individuals who manage programs, resources and inputs.  Volunteer development engages individuals in an ongoing educational process, designed to build capacities for service roles. 9
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  • 11. Cycle of Volunteer Administration Identify Program Needs Design Volunteer Roles Identify Recruit, and Select Volunteers Orient and Train Volunteers Provide Support (Utilize) and Evaluate Recognize Volunteer Work 11
  • 12.  Long term  Short term/episodic  Workplace  Virtual  Youth  Professional  Mid Management  Senior/Retirees  Transitional  Group  Court Ordered  Entrepreneurial  Pro Bono  ETC. 12
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  • 16. Web Links & Information · Wisconsin Volunteer Development & Management Resources: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/resources/mgt/volunteer.cfm · Volunteerism for the Next Generation: Everyone Ready®: http://nextgeneration.4-h.org/volunteerism/ · Points of Light Institute: http://www.pointsoflight.org/ 16
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  • 18. An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and American with Disabilities (ADA) requirements. •René Mehlberg, 4-H Youth Development Educator, Winnebago County •Jennifer Swensen, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Adams County •Sue Pleskac, Volunteer Leadership Specialist 18