Hot Topics Archive
|Hot Topic for April 2021||More COVID & Virtual Volunteer Resources|
|What's New for March 2021||Recently added||
|What's New for February 2021||Recently added||
|Hot Topic for January 2021||Public Relations Tools to Help Demonstrate Your Worth||
“Because You’re Worth It: Showcasing the Value of You and Your Volunteer Program” – FREE archived webinar from the Texas Volunteer Management Conference
|2nd Hot Topic for December 2020||Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement - Part 2||
Moving Forward: Taking Action on Race and Equity (a Points of Light webinar archive)
Note: Don't miss additional resources on this topic by clicking on "More Hot Topics" below and scrolling to July 2020
|What's New for December 2020||Recently added||
|2nd Hot Topic For November 2020||Intern Job Descriptions||
Many thanks to Linda Groscost at Orange Public Library for sharing these intern positions that could also easily be revised into volunteer job descriptions if you don't have an intern program. REMEMBER: if you share something we post to the clearinghouse, you get a free book! (Click the Share Materials Link below)
|Hot Topic for November 2020||Survey Examples||
|2nd Hot Topic For October 2020||Volunteer Coordinator Job Descriptions||
|Hot Topic for October 2020||More Pandemic Resources||
|Hot Topic for September 2020||More on Skilled and Virtual Volunteers||
“Designing Virtual Opportunities, Managing Remote Volunteers” – Recording of August 26, 2020 webinar
Skills-Based Volunteerism 201: Project Scoping and Planning - Archived webinar from ServeOhio
|Hot Topic for August 2020||More COVID -19 Ideas and Protocols||
|2nd Hot Topic For July 2020||Re-Opening the Library to Volunteers During COVID-19||
*NOTE: We have added a COVID-19 tag to the Get Involved Clearinghouse – if you just want an overview of what’s specifically here on that topic, type COVID-19 into the search box above.
|Hot Topic for July 2020||Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement||
|Hot Topic for June 2020||Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place – TEEN EDITION||
Austin Public Library Teen Virtual Volunteer Program
When the Austin Public Library closed for the corona virus there was concern about the need to keep staff busy during telework, so Stephanie designed teen volunteer assignments to function more like a teen program that would create supervision opportunities for staff.
Here are the virtual volunteer positions she created for teens:
More Teen Ideas:
|2nd Hot Topic For May 2020||Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place - Part 3||
Many thanks to our library friends around the country who are sharing their COVID-19 plans and materials!
Sample Volunteer Re-Engagement Surveys:
Ideas for Summer and Re-Opening Volunteer Roles:
|Hot Topic for May 2020||Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place - Part 2||
Here are some more ideas for keeping current volunteers engaged and/or expanding services:
And some current volunteer job descriptions could be amended to describe service provided on an online platform:
Please consider sharing your materials at the link below to be added to the Clearinghouse to keep others from having to re-invent the wheel!
|Hot Topic for April 2020||Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place||
Need to find ways to keep your current volunteers engaged? Or just need different kinds of help during this uncertain time? Consider Virtual Volunteers – they do work for you from home!
Could you use a graphic designer, researcher, writer, translator, proofreader, or video editor? Those opportunities can be posted on VolunteerMatch and marked “virtual” rather than “one location.” VolunteerMatch has also added to each volunteer opportunity posting a chance for you to answer this question: “Is this opportunity helping your organization respond to the COVID-19 crisis?” When you answer yes, your posting will get visibility in additional ways.
Here are some more resources to get you started:
|What’s New for March 2020||New Resources||
|What's New for February 2020||Online Book Sales||
The Mesa Public Library in Arizona has an amazing online booksale operation. In Fall 2019 we had the opportunity to tour it, and talk to staff and volunteers. Many thanks to Janice Dell, CVA, Mesa's Volunteer Coordinator who welcomed us and shared her materials, and to Jeffrey Stoffer, Mesa's THINKspot Librarian, who created the video.
This 10 minute video will give you an idea about how it works and how you might get started.
And a series of 3 parts of their training for the project: