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  • November 1, 2010

    For Better and For Worse

    A recent study explores which volunteer management practices make for happy shelter employees.

  • September 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: The Tracks of My Volunteers

    While it can be difficult for volunteer managers to find time to create and maintain a system to track information related to their volunteers, doing so will ultimately save time and help you get the most out of your volunteers.

  • May 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: Take Time for Training

    Both inexperienced and expert volunteers can be helpful to your program, but the last thing you want to do is bring in "green" volunteers and fail to provide them the training they need. Learn how to match volunteers' skill sets to the tasks that need to be done.

  • January 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: A Framework Allowing for Change

    Our columnists'both of whom have recently made career transitions'discuss how the volunteer programs they directed were able to survive during periods of change.

  • January 1, 2010

    Making It Work

    Amber Van Leuken, grant writer (and former assistant manager) at the Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista, Colo., recounts how the shelter revamped its volunteer program to fit its needs, rather than simply making do with whoever walked in the door that day.

  • September 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: Leading Change at Your Shelter

    Changes to a volunteer program require thoughtful and deliberate planning and action. A common mistake is to rush into making multiple changes without laying the groundwork to ensure success. Here's how to avoid that error by moving forward in stages.

  • May 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: Building a Successful Volunteer Program

    Animal shelters are often so desperate for volunteers to offset their small budgets that their volunteer programs are developed quickly, with very little structure or planning. A more successful approach is to step back, slow down, and plan a volunteer program in a series of building blocks, in order to prevent major problems and support healthy growth.

  • January 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: During Tough Times, Fund What's Free

    In this new department, two experienced volunteer managers make the case that, during tough economic times, a well-managed team of shelter volunteers is more important than ever.

  • November 1, 2008

    Please Curb Your Volunteer

    Problem volunteers can create a major challenge for shelter managers seeking to channel their work into productive, progressive operations. Learn some strategies to build and maintain a strong volunteer program.

  • July 1, 2008

    People Power: Jorge Esmieu

    An animal control officer with a history of outstanding service and a personnel file filled with thank you notes, Jorge Esmieu was named Maryland's Municipal Employee of the Year.

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