Heather Comstock Connects

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

Category Archives: Volunteerism

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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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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Leadership Lessons from the A.T.

I spent some time last weekend hiking a short section of the Appalachian Trail.   How did a path over 2,000 miles long through 14 states come to fruition? Through the efforts of a lot of volunteers spread out amongst those many locations. What can leaders take away from this experience? You can’t do or control …

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Counting Blessings this Thanksgiving Day

This week is the prelude to the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving.  For me, this is a season to think about blessings and sharing those blessings with others.  In my years of working with nonprofits, I have always impressed and grateful for the many people I encounter who give generously of themselves whether it is …

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Nonprofit Hats and Mom Jeans

I currently volunteer with two different kids’ organizations. One of them is very large and well-oiled. There’s lots of support from the national and local areas. They seem to understand that most of the adults involved with this are a bit like deer in the headlights and they provide lots of ways to meet other …

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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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Beating Dead Horses: No More Bored Meetings

What is the scourge of the existence of any nonprofit staffer or longtime volunteer? Board meetings (which I believe should be referred to as “bored” meetings). What is the problem with them?  Let me count the ways… They waste time because board members haven’t bothered reading the materials in advance. Materials, I might add, that the …

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