Connecting Volunteers http://www.connectingvolunteers.org Volunteer Community Connections Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:51:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 REGISTER TODAY FOR MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY! http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/register/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/register/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2012 15:14:29 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=931

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Save the Date http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/save-the-date-2/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/save-the-date-2/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2012 15:09:22 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=923

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DOVIA http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/dovia/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/dovia/#comments Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:04:04 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=806 Don't miss the next DOVIA session on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 9 a.m. Register today by contacting info@vccflorida.org or 941-953-9565 to secure your spot.

DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) provides a forum for exchange of information on relevant issues facing professional volunteer managers. Through collaborative efforts DOVIA is committed to promoting services and emphasizing professional growth and development of the volunteer professional.

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Community Orientation http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/community-orientation/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/community-orientation/#comments Sat, 02 Jun 2012 13:47:16 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=774

Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane will be the featured presenter at a community disaster orientation, entitled, "Applying the Lessons Learned." There is no charge for the event. The program will take place on Tuesday, June 12 at 1 p.m. at Imagine School at Palmer Ranch, 6220 McIntosh Road in Sarasota.

The program will include an overview of Sarasota County Emergency Management and a glimpse into this coming hurricane season by Ed McCrane. There will also be presentations on the Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) by the coalition's chair Stewart Sterns and "How You Can Get Involved" by Mindi Rohan, executive director of Volunteer Community Connections.

The event is sponsored by Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) in conjunction with the Community Alliance of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Government and Volunteer Community Connections.

The Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is a network of Community Organizations working together to promote the efficient, streamlined service delivery and coordination throughout the four phases of disaster: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation. The Sarasota COAD continually prepares for any type of hazard response which may include pandemics, terrorism, natural disasters, mass causalities and others.    

The COAD was created after Sarasota County participated in the response and recovery effort following Hurricane Charley. The COAD member organizations engage community leaders in discussions to document the lessons learned. They also look for ways to foster partnerships and streamline response and recovery processes to support Sarasota County Emergency Management if and when a weather-related or other type of disaster hits Sarasota County.

 

To register for the June 12 orientation or for more information about disaster volunteer needs, please call Volunteer Community Connections at 941-953-5965 or email info@vccflorida.org. Volunteer Community Connections has a volunteer registry that will allow you to identify your areas of interested before a disaster and secure the needed training to be effective in your volunteer role.

 

For more information about the Sarasota COAD, please visit their website at www.sarasotacoad.org

 

Media contact:  Dianne Shipley, 941-861-2852; cell: 941-302-1058; dianne_shipley@doh.state.fl.us

 

Project contact: Mindi Rohan, Executive Director, Volunteer Community Connections, 941-953-5965;

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Faith-based and Neighborhood Association Disaster Orientation Tuesday May 29 http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/faith-based-and-neighborhood-association-disaster-orientation-tuesday-may-29/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/faith-based-and-neighborhood-association-disaster-orientation-tuesday-may-29/#comments Thu, 10 May 2012 02:14:26 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=758 "Applying the Lessons Learned" to local disaster response and recovery presentation for faith-based and neighborhood associations on May 29 


Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane will be the featured presenter at a faith-based and neighborhood association disaster orientation, entitled, "Applying the Lessons Learned." There is no charge for the event. The program will take place on Tuesday, May 29 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sarasota County Administration Center, Emergency Operations Command Center, 1660 Ringling Boulevard on the sixth floor. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

 

The program will include an overview of Sarasota County Emergency Management and a glimpse into this coming hurricane season by Ed McCrane. There will also be presentations on "Field Experience" by Curtis Hencye of Calvary Chapel Sarasota Relief Ministries, "Identifying Your Role" by Rev. Marion R. Sortore of Charlotte Harbor Trinity United Methodist Church and "How You Can Get Involved" by Mindi Rohan of Volunteer Community Connections, and Ben Kunkel of United Way 211 of Manasota. 

 

The event is sponsored by Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) in conjunction with the Community Alliance of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Government and Volunteer Community Connections.

 

The Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is a network of Community Organizations working together to promote the efficient, streamlined service delivery and coordination throughout the four phases of disaster: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation. The Sarasota COAD continually prepares for any type of hazard response which may include pandemics, terrorism, natural disasters, mass causalities and others.      

 

The COAD was created after Sarasota County participated in the response and recovery effort following Hurricane Charley. The COAD member organizations engage community leaders in discussions to document the lessons learned. They also look for ways to foster partnerships and streamline response and recovery processes to support Sarasota County Emergency Management if and when a weather-related or other type of disaster hits Sarasota County.

 

To register for the May 29 orientation or for more information about disaster volunteer needs, please call Volunteer Community Connections at 941-953-5965 or email info@vccflorida.org by May 21. 

 

For more information about the Sarasota COAD, please visit their website at www.sarasotacoad.org

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DOVIA http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/749/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/749/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:17:35 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=749

Don't miss the next DOVIA session on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9 a.m. 

Register today by contacting info@vccflorida.org or 941-953-9565 to secure your spot.

DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) provides a forum for exchange of information on relevant issues facing professional volunteer managers. Through collaborative efforts DOVIA is committed to promoting services and emphasizing professional growth and development of the volunteer professional.

 
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Volunteer Management Training http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/volunteer-management-training/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/volunteer-management-training/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:48:13 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=599 Register today for the Volunteer Management Training Course offered on March 22 & 23. Contact info@vccflorida.org or 941-953-9565 to secure your spot. Volunteer Management Training is designed to train volunteer program managers in our community to become more effective managers at understanding, recruiting, orientating, supervising and evaluating their volunteer program. Registration is $275.

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Make A Difference Day http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/make-a-difference-day/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/make-a-difference-day/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:07:40 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=401

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Volunteering can land you a J-O-B! http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/volunteering-can-land-you-a-j-o-b/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/volunteering-can-land-you-a-j-o-b/#comments Wed, 11 Aug 2010 02:05:10 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=260 How Volunteering Can Help YOU find work…

In today’s economy it can often be very difficult to find work.  Many people are turning to volunteer programs where they can occupy their time and maintain their work skills while they look for a job.  What many of these volunteers are finding is that management has taken notice of their skills and when a job becomes available they are often offered the job before it is even advertised.  Employers often spend hundreds of dollars to advertise or pay recruiters to find people with the skills they are looking for to fill positions.

Volunteering is a great way to get in with many non-profit organizations as well as county and University departments.  Although there is no guarantee that it will lead to a job, volunteering is a great way to learn gain experience and learn new skills that will strengthen your resume.  Volunteering is also an excellent way to network and meet new people that might be able to help you find a job.

Volunteer work is very easy to find.  Many cities have centers and organizations (such as the Friendship Volunteer Center) that are devoted completely to finding volunteers to place into various programs depending on your skills and interests. All you have to do is register with the volunteer organization and once they find a position that might interest you they will inform you.

Terry Schroder of Volunteertoday.com has spent over 20 years working with volunteers.  Terry says that reliability and willingness to do whatever they are asked are the qualities that are most important in volunteers.  The volunteers who works 8 hours a day on the days they are assigned is more likely to be hired than the volunteer who says they will work 20 hours a week and regularly only works 12.  Anne Fischer of Fortune Magazine writes that Fortune’s “100 Best Companies” are enthusiastic about community outreach and they prefer to hire people who are too.

Volunteer opportunities range from computer programming to wild animal care so no matter what your passion might be, there is more than likely a volunteer opportunity for you!

http://www.volunteertoday.com/ARCHIVES2005/Oct05stategovt.html

http://money.cnn.com/2008/01/18/magazines/fortune/job_tips.fortune/index.htm

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Who is Volunteering in Sarasota?! http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/who-is-volunteering-in-sarasota/ http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/who-is-volunteering-in-sarasota/#comments Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:43:05 +0000 Volunteer Community Connections http://www.connectingvolunteers.org/?p=223

  

     The recent article “Volunteer efforts seeing more help from Americans,” reflects the rise of a new spirit of volunteerism that is alive and well in Sarasota County. Here, the Friendship Volunteer Center is the starting place to find opportunities that match people’s interests and needs for meaningful ways to make a difference.

        Last year alone, volunteers gave more than 192,000 hours valued at $4 million. This year we expect that number to be even higher. We see a growing number of people eager to be a part of the solution. As the Suncoast’s leading volunteer connection center, the Friendship Volunteer Center is a one-stop shop for potential volunteers and resources in Sarasota and Manatee counties. We offer access to opportunities in a network of more than 400 nonprofit and faith-based organizations.

      Opportunities are as diverse as the needs of our community. From parks and the environment to food banks, libraries, the arts and disaster preparedness, people are coming forward to assist in record numbers.

We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to check out our website at www.iVolunteerSarasota.com or call (941) 953-5965 to learn more about what’s available.

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