What We’re Reading This March 📚: Our Favorite Volunteer Engagement Blogs & More

It’s a well-known fact that volunteer engagement professionals wear many hats. In fact, the theme of International Volunteer Managers Day back in 2016 was “One Job, Many Hats.” And for many individuals who are tasked with implementing a volunteer program, volunteer engagement is not their primary role at their organization.

What this means is that volunteer managers have the reputation of being overworked, underpaid and at high risk for burnout. To combat this, more and more leaders in the space have been advocating for self-care. That’s why we’re rounding up recent articles addressing exactly this. Read on to find everything from tips on saying no to building a healthier workplace culture.

What advice do you have your peers suffering from burnout and stress? Tell us in the comments section below!

Love Thy Neighbour…
Carol Carbine for Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM)

We hear more and more about how good volunteering is for your health and well-being, how it can help you lead a happier and more balanced life. But what about those leading volunteers in an increasingly complex environment? Holistic health practitioner and volunteer management consultant, Carol Carbine, proposes that volunteer managers commit to self-care and prioritize their personal well-being.

How to Say No at Work (Without Jeopardizing Your Nonprofit Job)
Dee for Employed for Good

One key component of taking care of yourself is learning how to protect your time. When working at a lean nonprofit, it’s common to want to say yes to all the requests and tasks that come your way. This willingness to help, however, can lead to burnout. Here’s a simple and fun guide that helps you figure out when and how to say “no” when it gets to be too much.

Expert Advice for Improving Culture & Morale at Nonprofit Organizations
Christine Newman for npENGAGE

If your organization’s culture is suffering from low morale, check out this quick read. You’ll find budget-friendly advice from HR professionals and nonprofit leaders on improving culture. Use these tips to create a healthier work environment or to advocate for your needs with leadership.

Funding Volunteer Engagement
Rob Jackson for Rob Jackson Consulting

The reason many volunteer managers feel overworked and underpaid can be attributed to the fact that funding for volunteer programs is extremely limited. Volunteer engagement thought leader, Rob Jackson, argues why this needs to change and shares some thoughts on how leaders of volunteers can pave the way.

Remembering Susan J. Ellis
The Energize Team for Energize Inc.

Susan J. Ellis was a pioneer in the volunteer engagement space. Her wisdom, leadership, advocacy and passion has informed and transformed so much of our work at VolunteerMatch. It is with great sadness that we learned of Susan’s passing on Feb. 24, 2019. Please take a moment to reflect on her legacy with us and consider contributing to the Susan J. Ellis Foundation to continue her life’s work.

A virtual tribute to Susan J. Ellis has been organized by friends and colleagues to celebrate her life and legacy. See details below:

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Zoom Meeting Room: https://zoom.us/j/125108305
Meeting ID: 125 108 305

What have you been reading lately? Share your favorite volunteer engagement articles and blogs in the comments section below.

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