Identifying and Recruiting Future Volunteer Leaders

Written by Heidi Richards, MS

"We sometimes feel that what we do is just a drop inrepparttar ocean, butrepparttar 136361 ocean would be less because of that missing drop." - Mother Theresa

Identifying and Recruiting Future Volunteer Leaders:

Did you know that forrepparttar 136362 most part,repparttar 136363 higherrepparttar 136364 education level of peoplerepparttar 136365 more likely they are to volunteer - andrepparttar 136366 more hours they will giverepparttar 136367 organization? Now isrepparttar 136368 time to look at your community and focus on finding those volunteers. Not only will they be able to contribute their time and experience, they most likely will have a specific talent or skill that will move your organization forward.

Here are some other ideas for developing future leaders in your organization:

Create a volunteer leadership-training matrix (master plan). Give volunteer leaders many opportunities to further their education, through training and continuing education.

Host volunteer orientations on an annual basis, or more often. Job descriptions change and grow, and volunteer leaders should berepparttar 136369 first to know of these changes. Knowledge equals power.

Allow your volunteers to start where they are. Do they need to begin with a committee assignment before co-chairing or chairing a committee? Oftentimes we want to put high profile people in roles of leadership and authority before they have hadrepparttar 136370 proper training or gotten to know allrepparttar 136371 processes of their particular committee. Experience builds leadership.

Mindfulness and Retirement: Time To Play

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

I have a 17-year-old daughter who is finishing up a year in Vitoria, Brazil. She's been havingrepparttar time of her life in a gorgeous coastal city withrepparttar 135989 beaches of her dreams andrepparttar 135990 cute guys to match. What's not to like?

Tara told us that we could buy a beautiful home ("All marble floors!") on a spectacular beach ("White sand!") in a number of lovely cities ("Amazing architecture!") with friendly neighbors ("Dancing all night with people who don't know you but love you anyway!")

In fact, she helpfully suggested that we could snag one of these properties for a mere $100,000...less than half ofrepparttar 135991 median price for a typical house in our area.

She went on to say that we could buy a house onrepparttar 135992 coast in Brazil and retire there, with a delightful lifestyle, plenty of great friends, outstanding and inexpensive medical care, and zero chance of boredom or loneliness.

We weren't surprised that she suggested this. After all, she has an ulterior motive--why, SHE could berepparttar 135993 one to managerepparttar 135994 property until we decide to retire! She would, of course, have to live in beautiful, coastal, hunk-heavy, dance-crazed Brazil in order to do this, but she was willing to make this supreme sacrifice to support our perfect retirement.

How thoughtful. No, really. It sounds fantastic. I'm turning 45 in June, and that's not too early to think about how I want to spendrepparttar 135995 next few phases of my life. I truly appreciaterepparttar 135996 suggestion.

The people I admire most are those who continue to reinvent themselves about every decade, and who laugh out loud atrepparttar 135997 notion of retirement. They're on their fifth or sixth "career" and fully expect to have a couple more, just for fun.

What we really long for in retirement is time to play, and what we don't recognize is that we should be playing on a daily basis. We need to live our lives in a way that connects us to our creativity and joy. Think of it asrepparttar 135998 Brazilian plan.

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