What's New & Updated With Jayne
Volunteering Guidebook is available
for purchase as a paperback and an ebook from Energize,
Susan Ellis and I wrote this book both for people that are new to virtual volunteering, as well as for organizations already involving online volunteers who want to improve or expand their programs. It's for anyone who believes it's time to mainstream use of the Internet in the recruitment, engagement and support of ALL volunteers. It's available on Susan's web site and on Amazon, both as a paperback and as an ebook.
Me in Kentucky in October
I'll be in Henderson, Kentucky for a week and Lexington, Kentucky for a week. Check out the above link, which has complete details about dates, and, if you want to attend the conferences where I'll be, or if you want a consultation or to buy me coffee while I'm in either city, let me know.
After October 2015, my schedule is wide open. Here's what I can do for your organization/initiative.
September 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
And on a personal note: my travelogue for my recent 16 day motorcycle trip from Oregon to Stewart, British Columbia and Hyder, Alaska, up the Stewart-Cassiar Highway to the Yukon and back down the Alaska Highway.
Tips for staying in contact with remote staff in developing countries / conflict zones
Many factors stand in the way of trying to stay in contact with field staff at projects in rural or conflicted areas in developing countries. I review all of the various challenges faced by people in a main office in getting data from field staff working in humanitarian / development / aid initiatives, and how to address those challenges.
I now have more than 30 organizations and initiatives in Oregon, primarily in the Portland, Oregon area, that are involved in overseas development / aid / relief / humanitarian efforts, or that are involved in educating people about other countries - and a few in Oregon but outside PDX.
(or any high-responsibility volunteers that will work with clients)
Recruitment is a mentality. Successful recruitment of volunteer mentors comes from a mentality that permeates the organization, one that prompts employees and volunteers to always be looking for opportunities for outreach and partnership, and where all employees and volunteers are advocates for the program, regardless of the tasks they undertake. This web page has specific recommendations to recruit mentors for youth, but these recommendations could be used for most any high-responsibility, high-commitment volunteer role working with clients, such as counselors, tutors, volunteer firefighters, CASA volunteers, etc.
Me in Kentucky in October
I’ll be the Fall 2015 Duvall Leader in Residence at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Leadership Development (CFLD), part of UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Oct. 26 – 30, in and around Lexington. The week before, I’ll be in Henderson, on the other side of the state, to be the keynote speaker for a capacity-building event for nonprofits organized by the Henderson Community Foundation. More information about these Kentucky gigs.
July & August 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
May & June 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
Updated: Ideas for Leadership Volunteering Activities
Information on my web site about volunteerism is focused mostly on those who work with volunteers, rather than volunteer themselves. But an FAQ on various online groups is from young people looking leadership volunteering activities - ideas to create or lead a sustainable, lasting benefit to a community, and that involve recruiting others to help. These can also be activities for the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (U.K.), a mitzvah project, or even scholarship consideration.
March & April 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
Advice For First-Time Humanitarians & Aid Workers
Folklore, Rumors (or Rumours) & Urban Myths Interfering with Development & Aid/Relief Efforts, & Government Initiatives (& how these are overcome)
Folklore, rumors (or rumours) and urban myths / urban legends often interfere with relief and development activities, and government initiatives, including public health initiatives -- even bringing such to a grinding halt. They create ongoing misunderstandings among communities and cultures, prevent people from seeking help, encourage people to engage in unhealthy and even dangerous practices, cultivate mistrust of people and institutions, and have even lead to mobs of people attacking someone or others for no reason other than something they heard from a friend of a friend of a friend. This resource has examples of this happening and how to prevent or address such. It's been updated with information regarding Ebola in West Africa and vaccinations in the USA (see the page for how to submit your own examples and recommendations).
PDX-area Organizations Involved in Overseas Development / Aid / Relief & Volunteer Efforts
Or Educating People Re: Other Countries/Global Affairs
This page tracks Portland, Oregon metro-area organizations that are involved in overseas development / aid / relief / humanitarian efforts, or that are involved in educating people about other countries. Some are nonprofits, some are university programs, and some are for-profit companies / businesses. Some are focused exclusively on aid and development, some are focused only partially on such.
List of Volunteer Management Software
Yes, I've finally updated this page. It also now includes my detailed recommendations on How to Choose Volunteer Management Software. For this page, volunteer management software is defined as software that actually has "volunteer" somewhere in its official description (it does NOT have to be called "volunteer management" software, however). Also, note that many organizations use software developed to track all kinds of constituents - funders, clients, customers, etc. - to also track their volunteers, or software designed to track employees to, instead, track volunteers. Therefore, this page could not be considered a comprehensive list of software that can be used to manage volunteer information.
My tech: the networked technology tools I use
I'm an independent consultant, a one-woman shop, and I don't have the funds to buy the very best, very latest computers, tablets, and smart phones, or to upgrade my technology every year. Yet, I've made a name for myself regarding using the Internet to communicate effectively, to be an integral part of a nonprofit organizations' mission-based work, to work remotely and to supervise others remotely, and to support and manage volunteers (virtual volunteering). How do I remain cutting edge online and still be able to afford to pay my bills? How often do I upgrade my technology? I put together this page to answer those questions.
December 2014 blogs (in reverse order):
Me in Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 12 - 15, 2014,
then Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, until 19,
then back to Poland and the USA
I?ll fly to Warsaw, Poland, arriving November 12, to present workshops on November 13th and 14th regarding virtual volunteering and meet with various NGOs from Eastern Europe, including representatives from Ukraine (HURRAH!!), for e-wolontariat.pl, a Polish-based NGO that is at the forefront of promoting digital volunteering in Europe. Participants will include finalists of the e-volunteering competition ? NGO representatives who are finalists to win a grant for the implementation of their ideas for e-volunteering projects. I?ll also be in Barcelona, Catalunya/Spain, all day on November 17, 18 and 19, for a personal visit, but would be happy to meet with any NGO, university or government representative who might like to have lunch or coffee and a chat about anything related to volunteering, NGOs, and/or tech4good. More details.
I'm booked through Dec. 2014
(& soon, beyond that!)
I am fully booked with work through December 2014 (and it looks like I may soon be booked through April 2014 as well!). My schedule tends to fill up very quickly, so if you are thinking of me for a project, contact me soon! Please note I'm taking only paid work - no pro bono projects right now. More about my consulting and training/teaching.
Oct. 14, Dublin, Ireland
Featured speaker at Comhlámh annual report launch. I'll be talking about how organizations that send volunteers overseas can incorporate virtual volunteering into the support for those volunteers. I met representatives from Comhlámh when I worked on the EU Aid Initiative earlier this year. In Germany after that, until Oct. 22, 2014.
Blogs re: my
work in Ukraine Aug. 3 - Oct. 3, 2014:
Hard to Reach: In Ukraine for Aug & Sept., Germany & Ireland for most of Oct.
I'm off to Kiev (Kyiv) Ukraine for all of August and September, for a two-month consultation with UNDP. I'll be blogging and tweeting about my experience as much as time allows. Then, in October, I'll be in Germany for most of the month for a vacation - it will be my first time back in Germany since I left in 2009, after living there for 8 years. My phone numbers will not work while I am abroad. If you need to reach me, please email me; if you need to reach me URGENTLY (for instance, you are from the media and you are working on a story and you are on deadline), write a tweet and mention @jcravens42.