National Volunteer Week – April 23-29, 2017

That week always seems to creep up on me and I need to make plans for the celebration and come up with brilliant and “low-cost or cost-free” ways to honor volunteers. Also, it needs to be NOT a “labor intensive” promotion.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 under President Richard Nixon. In subsequent years it has grown substantially under the leadership of the Points of Light. It is seen as an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. In the United States “Service Unites” is celebrated April 23rd -29th. But celebrations are world-wide:

• Volunteer Australia “Give Happy – Live Happy” May 14-18th.
• Volunteering Canada “Volunteering, Eh?” April 23 -29th
• United Kingdom Volunteering “You make the difference” June 1-7”
• Volunteer Ireland “I-VOL” May 16-22
• Wales Council for Voluntary Action “Recognize, reward and recruit volunteers” June 1-7

So, for Volunteer Managers it has become a “must-do” celebration. No budget-no worry! Here are some strategic ways to honor your volunteers in a non-traditional manner from VolunteerMatch:

  • Give them a Bigger Picture
  • Let your volunteers know the outcomes of their labors. Their role may be small mundane tasks but it’s an important part of the big picture.
  • Provide Food – A cookie tray goes a long way! For our agency we’ve had a tradition of giving brightly wrapped “Pay Day” candy bars. We also give them the accomplishments of our agency and thank them for being part of the change in their community.
  • Check-in with your Volunteers
  • Knowing their name and a handshake is very important to people who care enough to give back to their community.
  • Feature Volunteer Stories on your blog or website. We use quotes from volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteers and make them part of the team.
  • Give Your Volunteers Awards – Are there any volunteers who have gone above-and-beyond? Nominate them for the Indiana SERVE Awards or other award programs.
  • Give small tokens of gratitude – Pictures are great ways to thank Volunteers. You can post their pictures around the agency and put them on social media. Make sure that they have a copy of the picture to show their family and friends.
  • Handwritten Thank You Cards
    Sometimes the best way to show your appreciation is the old fashioned way- sending them a thank you card. In the age of email and social media, the handwritten letter is a novelty. You’ll get bonus points for personalizing the message, such as thanking them for a specific task they did during their time of volunteering.

So you still have time to put together a simple plan or a grand event. Volunteers just need to know that they are appreciated.


*Post written by Jean Joley, Executive Director at Volunteer Center RSVP

Job Opportunity: Science Central-PT Housekeeping Specialist

Science Central has one position available.

Part-time Housekeeping Specialist
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Position Description:  Involvement in an informal, hands-on, educational science center (physical, natural and applied sciences). Responsible for cleaning the building for general public, school group visitors and special groups. This includes all parts of the building (restrooms, lunchroom, exhibit areas, lobby, classrooms, offices, etc). Will also do some cleaning product stocking, and could involve minor exhibit repairs and installations.

Required Skills: Must be able to multi-task in a high-visitation, fast-paced, busy environment. Demonstrated ability to work independently. Must be a self-starter with high standards and follow-through skills. Might work alone unsupervised after hours, as well as during visiting hours. Must be friendly, outgoing communicative – must like people. Dependable, honest, a team player and energetic. Must be able to do moderate physical labor.

Qualifications: Must have previous cleaning experience. Knowledge of cleaning methods, equipment and chemicals. Dependable and productive.

Schedule: Approx. 10-20 hours per week, but will be variable. Schedule includes weekdays, weekends, evenings, must be flexible.

Salary: Part-time, $9.00/hour, limited time-off benefits.

How to Apply:
Open posting, positions filled as needed. Send cover letter, resume and list of professional references (minimum of 3) to:
Human Resources Director
Science Central
1950 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN  46805
Fax: (260) 422-2899

Science Central is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Opportunity: Serve Indiana – State Service Director

Serve Indiana has one available position: serve indiana

State Service Director

Job Description: 

The State Service Director, in cooperation with the State Service Commission, is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the office.


  • Overall supervision of the business of the Commission and shall direct the affairs and policies of the Commission.
  •  Provides adequate support for the implementation and maintenance of the programs and services of the Commissions.
  • Assures that the Commission conforms to the requirements of authorized regulatory agencies and authorities; oversees compliance with the laws and regulations of Federal, State and government authorities.
  •  Carries out policies and procedures as established by the Commission.
  • Acts as the representative of the Commission to the public, governmental, community and civic and voluntary organizations;
  • Reports to the Members on the performance of the Commission functions.

How To Apply:

To learn more and apply follow:

Application closes on May 20, 2016


Job Opportunity: YWCA – Community Educator

YWCA Northeast Indiana has one available position:

Community Educator
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Expectations of Every YWCA Staff Member:

  • Uphold and promote the YWCA Mission.
  • Maintain compliance with state standards.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to fund development efforts for support of all programs and the overall Association.
  • Provide support to other departments and staff.

Essential Duties:

  • Facilitate school based presentations and community trainings throughout six counties in Northeast Indiana.
  • Facilitate school based presentations and community trainings throughout six counties in Northeast Indiana.
  •  Collaborate with other service providers and/or stakeholders.
  • Maintain accurate and appropriate records.
  • Create and maintain high quality work environment to perform at highest level.
  • Assist with increasing education and awareness by attending community events and promoting agency services.
  • Other duties as assigned to meet the organization’s goals.

Education, Knowledge, and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Equivalent education and experience will be considered.
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications
  • Ability and comfort with public speaking.
  • Knowledge of domestic violence issues and patterns and their effects on men, women, and children.
  • Knowledge of substance use and chemical dependency and their effects on women and families
  • Proven ability to effectively and respectfully interact with diverse populations, including clients, co-workers, and agency.
  • Experience in crisis intervention, networking, team building and public speaking.
  • Strong customer service skills with ability to communicate in a professional manner with a wide range of people. Unequivocal commitment to pluralism.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion when handling potentially confidential or sensitive manners.
  • Strong time management skills; ability to take initiative to solve problems and work with minimum supervision.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • 1-3 years of general office experience, including reception and telephone duties.
  • 1-3 years of experience with general office equipment (copiers, printers)
  • Accurate, organized, and detail-oriented, with ability to work under pressure and shift priorities in response to changing needs.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and files
  • Must comply with organization’s policy of automobile insurance: must have a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance coverage.
  • Flexibility to change work hours as needed.

How to Apply:

Please note: All qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, an updated resume and fully complete the application including at least 3 professional references.  Incomplete application data will exclude you from consideration.

To view full job description and to apply online, see HERE

Job Opportunity: Alzheimer’s Association – Development Specialist

The Alzheimer’s Association has one available position. 


Position Summary 
Management for all fundraising efforts and community building to further the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association for the Fort Wayne and South Bend Service Delivery Areas.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Solicitation and cultivation of WTEA corporate sponsorships
  • Implement and manage identified Walk to End Alzheimer’s strategies year round through recruitment, training, motivation and delegation of volunteer driven committees.
  • Design, implement, monitor and evaluate all event activities including fundraising and promotional planning for WTEA
  • Create and implement stewardship plan incorporating best practices for mass market event fundraising
  • Cultivation, recruitment and retention for all teams and participants
  • Manage all day-of logistics and volunteers
  • Develop and monitor event budgets and timeline.
  • Provide staff leadership to the WTEA committee in the planning, promotion and implementation of Walk to End Alzheimer’s and all fundraising efforts in the areas.
  • Build relationships with corporate partners, the healthcare community, civic leaders, area business/industry and volunteers to increase revenue.
  • Develop solid relationships, partnerships and collaborations in order to promote and advance the Alzheimer’s Association mission.
  • Participate in other development campaigns as needed

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience in fund raising using diversified fund development programs
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, motivate and coach volunteers in a fundraising or sales environment preferred
  • Proven success in making fundraising requests of individual and groups and meeting fund development goals
  • Successful experience in coaching volunteers in fund raising activities
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word and Excel and Power Point
  • Experience in using fundraising software applications

How to Apply

Send resume resume to Ryan Keys, Director of Development, at

Peggy Hobbs Service Award for Volunteers

YWCAEvery year, YWCA Northeast Indiana seeks to honor a community volunteer who embodies the passion, commitment, and dedication of Peggy Hobbs, a long-time advocate of YWCA Northeast Indiana. Nominees must demonstrate dedication to volunteerism, promote diversity awareness, personal development, and support for YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. The nomination deadline is April 29th.

Click here to learn more about the Peggy Hobbs Service Award.

Click the following link for the nomination form – Peggy Hobbs Service Award Nomination Form 2016.