Expert Snapshots for September

Expert SnapshotsAt VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Check back every month for snapshots of what experts in the field are talking about. This month we are focusing on disaster response and preparedness.

Young People are Waiting for You to Ask

Often disaster preparedness and response efforts focus on volunteers who have the means and experience to stop their normal lives, travel anywhere and deal with intense, possibly dangerous situations. Often this rules out young people. But on the Red Cross Youth blog, two young volunteers shared their experience working the phone banks for the Red Cross leading up to Hurricane Isaac – and how they realized that doing such a simple thing made a huge difference.

The Government Recognizes the Role of Volunteers

This past week a post on the FEMA blog made it clear that in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, the need for volunteers is only growing. The blog emphasized how important volunteers and the nonprofits working with them on the ground are for relief efforts. It also included a fairly detailed summary of what’s going on currently, which provided an interesting big picture view of how government helps coordinate the many organizations that respond to disasters.

Being Prepared is Important at Any Time

Not only are we in the midst of the Hurricane Isaac response efforts, but September happens to also be National Preparedness Month. On the Repair the World blog, Aaron Miner shared information about the designation, how people can be most prepared, and how they can help out in their communities to prepare and respond to disasters. Is your organization prepared for a possible disaster?

A Question of Compensation in New Zealand

Disasters happen all over the world, and in the wake of the devastating 2011 earthquakes in the Canterbury region of New Zealand (including the highly publicized one in Christchurch), a royal commission was formed to investigate causes of building failures during the quakes and how to prevent them in the future. One topic of debate at the hearings was whether, since they often spend weeks at a time away from their jobs and families, disaster relief volunteers should be paid for their time. Quite a hot topic!

You Can Always Count on Us

As Hurricane Isaac relief efforts continue, there is always one place you can go to find ways to help – or to recruit volunteers to help with the work your organization is doing. Here are the current Hurricane Isaac volunteer opportunities in the VolunteerMatch network.