Apologies for the delay in transmission! Between the Olympic festivities and some staff transitions, it has been a busy - and exciting - few months around here. We're restarting the conversation with a first-person account of the Olympic volunteer experience. Read on, and Olga Pazukha, one of our staff members, will take you behind the scenes of one of the largest and most-watched events in the world.
Ok, it's time. It's time to talk about volunteering. For those of you who know Vantage Point well, you know that we've been students of volunteerism and the voluntary sector for more than 60 years. And in that time, we've dramatically changed the way we look at volunteer engagement.
Today's guest blogger, Jennifer Sweeney, is one of the most active and dedicated volunteers I've ever met. She is a tireless community builder and a value to any organization with which she works. I asked Jennifer to talk about her experience attending our recent Leadership Series Workshop with author and management guru Peter Brinckerhoff. Jennifer shares the key points from Brinckerhoff's materials here. Certainly many great lessons were learned. And a reminder that we all need to start from mission - always - is a good one.
I spent time this month at a conference hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council on Foundations. 1800 attendees! Who says professional development budgets are dead?!
So I have embarked on what is supposed to be a life-transforming health journey. Namely, a program at a gym where everyone is already totally fit and hot (that always kind of irks me) that requires I work out from 6-7 am SIX DAYS A WEEK! In addition, we get nutrition counseling and sign up to follow a relatively strict regimen of food. All of this for eight weeks.