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 available on Susan's web site and on Amazon, both as a paperback and as an ebook.
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.
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.
Incorporating virtual volunteering into a corporate employee volunteer program
(a resource for businesses / for-profit companies)
Virtual volunteering - volunteers providing service via a computer, smart phone, tablet or other networked advice - presents a great opportunity for companies to expand their employee philanthropic offerings. Through virtual volunteering, some employees will choose to help organizations online that they are already helping onsite. Other employees who are unable to volunteer onsite at a nonprofit or school will choose to volunteer online because of the convenience.
Información de voluntariado virtual en español
Aquí hay unas enlaces a la información en español sobre el voluntariado virtual.
A blog about my two-week motorcycle tour of Utah, Nevada & Oregon in June 2014.
2989 miles / 4810.329 kilometres. Included Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park (the most under-rated national park), Goblin Valley - Utah State Park, Anasazi State Park Museum, Bryce Canyon National Park, Great Basin National Park, camping on BLM land, Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, and more!
Onsite workshop in Portland, Oregon:
Virtual Volunteering: The Right Way to Engage Online Volunteers
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6 to 8 pm, Idealist, 209 SW Oak St, Ste 600. Networking and refreshments 6pm-6:15pm/6:30pm
I'm on vacation June 8 - 22. You can email me whilst I'm on vacation, but do not expect to hear from me until after June 22. More information on how to contact me (including for press / media that need to reach me ASAP).
Webinar: Virtual Volunteering: An Untapped Resource for Employee Engagement
10 11 a.m. San Francisco time (1 - 2 p.m. New York City time), Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Why is virtual volunteering worth encouraging at your company or business, to benefit nonprofit organizations, what policies do you need in place, how can you support employees as online volunteers, and how can you track and celebrate their accomplishments? Join VolunteerMatch in conversation with me, Jayne Cravens, and Kaye Morgan-Curtis, of Newell Rubbermaid, to answer these questions and hear how companies are using this strategy to engage employees who might not have otherwise been able to participate in their programs.
Internet-mediated Volunteering in the EU (virtual volunteering)
At long last, Internet-mediated Volunteering in the EU: Its history, prevalence, and approaches and how it relates to employability and social inclusion, has been published. My research was for the ICT4EMPL Future Work project undertaken by the Information Society Unit of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies at the European Commission?s Joint Research Centre, and consumed most of my 2013.
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.
Online volunteers supporting aid and development
Since November 2013, I've been providing advice and research regarding the online volunteering component of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, through People In Aid and France Volontaire. I'm finishing up my involvement in the project by the end of March.
Motorcycle & bicycle riders supporting aid and development
Just updated with new examples! Motorcycles for good? Indeed! This page tracks the use of motorcycles in development / aid / relief / humanitarian efforts in developing countries. This isn't so much about volunteers going to developing countries and using motorcycles for relief efforts; rather, these efforts are more about local people being trained to ride and service motorcycles themselves as a part of such efforts, which not only helps get aid, including medicine, where it needs to go, but also helps create small businesses. At the bottom of the page is advice for individuals and small groups who want to use their motorcycles and travels to help others.
February & March 2014 Webinars
The Best Assignments for Online Volunteers, an hour-long webinar for TechSoup.
The Right Way to Engage Online Volunteers, an hour-long webinar for VolunteerMatch.
On January 21, I had a super fun tweet chat as a guest of VolunteerMatch. The subject? Virtual volunteering, of course! You can read the transcript here.
Here's the video from my presentation for San Francisco Online Community Meetup Group (OCTribe), at TechSoup, talking about applying volunteer management principles to online community management. Here are the slides I used for the presentation.
training video of me talking about Using Internet
& Smartphone Apps to Work With Volunteers.
Volunteering in Europe 2013
opposed to some or all volunteering (unpaid work),
One(-ish) Day "Tech" Activities for Volunteers
Volunteers are getting together for intense, one-day events, or events of just a few days, to build web pages, to write code, to edit Wikipedia pages, and more. These are gatherings of onsite volunteers, where everyone is in one location, together, to do an online-related project in one day, or a few days. It's a form of episodic volunteering, because volunteers don't have to make an ongoing commitment - they can come to the event, contribute their services, and then leave and never volunteer again. Because computers are involved, these events are sometimes called hackathons, even if coding isn't involved. This page provides advice on how to put together a one-day event, or just-a-few-days-of activity, for a group of tech volunteers onsite, working together, for a nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), community-focused government program, school or other mission-based organization - or association of such.
you welcome people with your language - or
make them uncomfortable (even drive