DOVIA-LA (www.doviala.org) is an all-volunteer organization that provides professional development to anyone who work with volunteers across the greater Los Angeles region. DOVIA-LA puts on Education Day each September which is the only conference for volunteer managers in Southern California. This year, volunteer Sekhar, recorded the conference and posted some important take-aways from the conference on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq0sauF1BTw&feature=youtu.be&list=PLKRbD7yAmTkGNo2T-IPdwmSmavIgRZwwb). Thanks to Sekhar for producing these videos and making professional development accessible to volunteer managers worldwide!
The musicians at Muse/Ique (www.muse-ique.com) inspire their members and concert-goers all year. But who is the muse for their staff? Erika Buenaflor (www.erikabuenaflor.com) is an executive coach, mediator and organizational consultant, and will volunteer to facilitate Muse/Ique’s staff retreat in January. Like many nonprofits, Muse/Ique has a very small staff to organize all of their innovative music programming, so Erika will provide a space to refresh, relax, brainstorm, and plan 2015. Thanks to Erika for being a muse to a group that brings great music to Pasadena!
The Alliance to Save Our Altadena Libraries formed to advocate for renewal of a parcel tax in Altadena that funds part of their library budget and the measure was passed last month! As a campaign, rather than an on-going organization, they needed some immediate help, so JRP paired Karen, a fundraising volunteer with a background in political campaigns, to help them initially frame their plans. JRP normally doesn’t work with organizations with a political mission, but we’ve done a lot of other work with the Altadena Library and the various nonprofits that support it, so this seemed like a natural extension of our work. Like most nonprofits, we make a lot of effort to evaluate the impact of our work. But in this case, the impact was clear: the measure passed and Altadena’s Library will continue to be funded! Thanks to Karen for helping the Alliance and congratulations to the many volunteers who worked so hard to pass the tax measure!
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