Library Diva's Guide to Volunteering…

I sent a call out today to staff and our volunteer pool. One of our non-profit organizations in town needs volunteers for events they are involved in next week and they need them fast! For events like these I always send out a notice to our volunteer pool and staff. If they get even 1 or 2 responses, it’s 1 or 2 more than they had before.

Putting events on, a list serve or your website is common practice, but sometimes we just don’t get the draw that we had hoped which is where direct contact through sharing is very successful.

I make it a practice to always let our volunteers know that I’ll send them an email when opportunities come available with us and with others. When sending an email u can use undisclosed addresses or blind carbon their addresses to ensure their privacy.

Remember that it’s ok to share volunteers and resources. Volunteers select the organization they like based off of their interests, but they don’t always have that single-minded interest. Lots of volunteers like to give to multiple agencies, have friends that they can refer, or resources of their own.

You are not sabotaging your organization by promoting other agencies. One day, your organization may be the one that needs help and sending out the S.O.S. can only strengthen the bonds of non-profit sharing and resources.


{November 24, 2010}   Giving Thanks…

I saw one of our most loyal and dependable volunteers today, it was about  a month ago that Marie’s husband passed away. He was 92 years old. She may be in her 90’s as well.

On the day before Thanksgiving,  I always think of the people who have lost someone, who are struggling or who are just lost and wonder how they will spend their day. There always seems to be the people who are scrambling to have that perfect Martha Stewart dinner, others decide to have their families work at a soup kitchen, while others just do what they always have done  not fussing or striving for anything out of the ordinary.

I asked Marie how she plans to spend tomorrow and she said like she always has, at the Country Buffet. Her husband didn’t like all that traditional fuss and where can you take a group of people who can get what they want but the local buffet restaurant.

For me it’s all about family and spending time with them. I remember my job when I was little was to spread the cream cheese on the celery and dash the paprika on it. I think it was just my job to stay out-of-the-way but I was a master at it. If you are cooking at home, Martha Stewart or not, make sure you have lots of volunteers engaged in the day with lots of simple tasks. The more you get people involved, the more they will make a memory of it.

However you choose to spend your holiday, remember there is always something to be thankful for even if it’s just a memory.

{November 10, 2010}   Who wants some “Mo”?

We offer a great service for volunteers who love to work with Therapy Dogs through the Delta Society that have become “reading listeners”.  Volunteers bring their certified dogs to the library and have 10-15 minute time slots that children read to the dog, petting them all along the way.

After the death of my Newfoundland, Sparticus, almost 2 years ago, I missed him but wasn’t really looking for another dog. Around Presidents Day last year, I was heading to the post office forgetting that it was closed. Across the street from the Post Office in my town is the Humane Society Shelter. On a whim, I popped in and started looking at the dogs. I started walking down the cages, Pit Bull, Hound, Chow, Newfoundland, Lab Mix…WHAT?? NEWFOUNDLAND???

I couldn’t believe it. Standing before me in all his big 140 lb glory was a Newf. I couldn’t bear seeing that bear in there so I snatched him up. After a 3 hour grooming at the Wash-O-Mat at Pets Supplies Plus I had him spic and span ready and dubbed him Fortunata Moses Vedosis~ Mo for short.

I thought, he’s so easy-going, I can make him a therapy dog and he can come to work with me and I’d start a program of my own called “Who wants some Mo?”. Let’s just ideas were not shared by Mo. He was happy to just lay around, but the test of passing a piece of lunch meat as we walked by was not as succesful….Big Fail.

The dogs that come in through the Delta Society are wonderful dogs and companion animals, and if anything I know from experience that they can leave a big ole hunk of salami alone when they walk by it. As for Mo, I read to him and pet him and talk to him all I want. I just love him “Mo and Mo” everyday!

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