Heather Comstock Connects

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

Category Archives: Volunteer Recruitment

Burning Out

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back and gain new friends and skills. How can you protect yourself from losing the joy you find in serving others?

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Epic Adventures and Random Thoughts

After a miserable, cold winter, summer’s heat and humidity are well set-in here in the mid-Atlantic! I’ve been off having adventures and full blog posts are hard to come by. Here’s a roundup of some of the random things that have been on my mind the last month or so! Do you really know what …

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Volunteering and Mission Creep

My goal is to post something new at least once a month on here but I missed last month. I’ve been slogging through a time management problem – over-commitment! As I evaluated where I was spending my time I realized I had personally fallen prey to the dreaded Mission Creep! What is Mission Creep? According …

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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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Start-Up Growing Pains Are Nothing New: The Acts of the Apostles

During the Christian liturgical year from Easter through Pentecost, many churches study the Acts of the Apostles which describes the formation of the early Christian Church. As I listen to these readings, I realize the Apostles wrestle with familiar start-up issues: organizational and operational structures and how to grow without sacrificing mission. Moving on without …

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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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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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A Tale of Three Presidents: Lessons from the Front Lines

Selling the Presidency I am the member of the nominating committee for a small volunteer-based nonprofit in our area. I am not running again this year as other commitments don’t allow me the time to be able to do it. I dreaded making the recruitment calls as the pool of volunteers are mostly stay at …

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Best/Worst Volunteer Positions Ever

Much of my volunteer philosophy is based more on work AS a volunteer as opposed to the professional time I spent coordinating volunteers. I don’t think volunteers really view the staff as a resource and support and therefore when things aren’t going smoothly they try to muddle through alone. Staff usually don’t find out there …

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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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