Heather Comstock Connects

Helping nonprofits and other volunteer organizations develop strong relationships and a clear voice in the community.

Category Archives: Retention

Learning from Opposites

I am preparing for another presentation at the Annapolis Library next week and I am thinking about nonprofit start up. Doing these presentations is always enjoyable because of the people I get to meet. It is also a wee bit intimidating. As I think about the kinds of organizations the attendees represent or are interested …

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

The summer is winding to a close and my blog has taken a back seat to more exciting ventures during the warm Maryland months. As the academic year begins, I like to reflect on my summer and what I gained from my adventures. What did I do and learn on my summer vacation? I volunteered. …

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Then Stop Saying “Yes”

I grew up watching my parents volunteer and serve in their community. And now my son has the bug. Several years ago we joined a children’s organization dedicated to American history. The children actually have leadership positions with the adults providing guidance and supervision. Over time my son has watched the older kids conduct meetings …

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Why am I Here?

The first time I was eligible to vote in an election was the 1992 Presidential Election that famously included Ross Perot, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush. I took my responsibility to be an informed voter seriously and was glued to the debates, including the vice-presidential debates. I will never forget watching Al Gore …

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Some Thoughts on the BSA Announcement: What does this mean for other nonprofits?

This is a post with no real resolutions, suggestions, or ideas.  It’s just a few thoughts and some questions for consideration. In the interest of disclosure, I am a Cub Scout volunteer and a parent of a Cub. My initial reaction to the announcement by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) this week was sadness. Not …

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People, Perceptions, and Burnout (with bonus cute pony pic!)

I was recently watching a too hip for you travel show that visited Texas. One of the stops was Huntsville, which is arguably the capital of Texas corrections. The show’s host hung around outside the release unit and pounced on family members who were waiting for the release of a loved one. He also talked …

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Spring Recruitment – Some Advice to Volunteers

Previously, I sent cautionary tale to larger organizations with small sub-groups. But, on the local level, what could we have done and do to help make this transition smoother? Create a Stakeholder list– who needs to know what information and what tasks need to be accomplished and assign specific individuals to those tasks. Develop a …

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