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AHVRP 46th Annual Conference and Exposition

AHVRP 2014 Transforming and Inspiring Volunteerism with Innovation and Passion national conference, to be held August 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Click here for more information.


2014 NEADHVS Spring meeting:
The 2013-2015 MADHVS Slate of Officers are as follows:
  • President: Nancy Reilly, Mercy Medical Center
  • Vice-President: Jane Karaman, C.A.V.S., Beverly Hospital
  • Education: Shelita Bailey, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Secretary: Debhinn Watts, Lowell General Hospital
  • Treasury: Mary Iodice, Lahey Clinic
  • Membership Chair: Jan Ankerson, Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Communications Chair: Sue Morgan, Newton Wellesley Hospital
  • Past President: Jane Karaman / Paul Bartush
  • Nominating Chair: Fran Del Padre, Baystate Medical Center
The 2013-2015 MADHVS Area Chairs:
  • Area One: Robin Kline, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Deborah Long-Smith, Holyoke Medical Center
  • Area Two: Mary Ann Stein, Marlborough Hospital
  • Area Three: Michelle Caruso, Jordan Hospital
  • Area Four: Shauntea Turner, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Area Five: Cheryl Satryb, Anna Jaques Hospital
  • Past President: Paul Bartush, Massachusetts General Hospital

Marie Johnson, Director of Volunteers, Named 2009 Winchester Citizen of the Year

It is with great enthusiasm we announce that Marie Johnson, director of volunteer services, has been selected as the 2009 Winchester Citizen of the Year. The announcement was made on Wednesday April 15 at the Winchester Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Marie is a past president of the chamber and Eucharistic Minster of the Church of the Epiphany. “The Citizen of the Year celebration is one of the chamber’s most exciting events of the year,” said Cathy Alexander, executive director of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce. “Since Marie is a former chamber president, it’s even more special to us.” A celebration and dinner to honor Marie will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at the Woburn Hilton. Tickets are $50. To make a reservation, please call the chamber office at 781-729-8870.


Lahey Clinic Volunteer Award: Team Award

On Tuesday, April 21, during National Volunteer Week, staff members from Lahey Clinic’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the department’s volunteers were presented with the Volunteer Team Award for exceptional collaboration between staff and volunteers. Robin Kline, director of volunteer services at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and current president of the Massachusetts Association of Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services, presented the award to Karen Walsh, BSN, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab. The Cath Lab’s volunteers are Charlie Caperonis, Michael Segal, Sonja Jacobson, Susan Nesline, Susan O’Neil, Ambroisine Trenchard and Sandra Curran. They have logged close to 1100 hours of service to Lahey Clinic since 2007.

Joining them for the celebration were Sanford Kurtz, MD, chief operating officer; Jeff Doran, senior vice president; Mary Iodice, director, Volunteer and Community Services; and Donna Silva, coordinator, Volunteer and Community Services; Diane Cronin, MSN, RN; and Tracey Batakis, RN, CEN.


AHVRP Education Development Committee

AHVRP Education Development Committee LogoThe AHVRP Education Development Committee is proud to present to our members an on-line resource that will support you in advocating for your leadership position and promote the value of your program within your healthcare organization.

As we all can attest, no on in our facilities seem to know exactly what we do, right? When a new project comes up, it's usually the DVS that ends up taking it on because administration knows we will successfully get the job done, right? After all, “we just work with volunteers - what an easy job!” Sound familiar?

Well colleagues, the time has come to show the value that volunteer services brings to each of our facilities.

The Advocacy Toolkit Committee began with the following questions: “What tools are needed to advocate for our profession, how do we show the value of our programs, how do we help our colleagues share the value of their position, how do we show the value of CAVS certification/renewal and get support from our direct reports?” The responses received from one of the most successful member surveys completed in the history of AHVRP enabled this committee to begin research on the four top categories selected by our members. We thank you for your participation!

As a member benefit, this exciting on-line toolkit provides a strong foundation of valuable resources and tools to assist you in further preparation for the CAVS exam, management reporting, benchmarking, program evaluation and much more. As the toolkit becomes established with our members, it will continue to grow and develop to meet current and future needs of volunteer leaders across the nation!

Please join us in introducing and sharing this advocacy tool with your members! If you are not a member of AHVRP, we invite you to join today!


Top 100 Places to Work in Massachusetts

The Globe 100’s “Top Places to Work: 2008” were published in the Boston Globe on Sunday, November 9. Winchester Hospital was ranked #1 in the survey. Look for the article on “Winchester Hospital: The Caring Community” on page 18, and for a picture of Volunteer Services Director and NEADHVS member Marie Johnson on page 4.

Other Massachusetts hospitals included in the top 100 rankings were: Children’s Hospital Boston (#18), Massachusetts General Hospital (#69), New England Baptist Hospital (#70), and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (#73). Check out the feature at: http://www.boston.com/jobs/topworkplaces/.


AHA My Care Counts

The AHA recently launched My Care Counts, a grassroots effort to let members of Congress know that Americans support their local hospitals and want to protect the care they receive in their communities.

The AHA is asking the men and women of our nation's hospitals - hospital leaders, trustees and staff - as well as auxilians and volunteers to sign an online "Call to Action" expressing their support. It's simple - visit www.MyCareCounts.org, fill in the information requested and click "Sign the Call to action" to add your name to the thousands that already have signed on. But don't stop there! Share the Web site with your friends, family members and neighbors and ask them to join the effort by adding their names, and encouraging their family and friends to do likewise.

Today, hospitals must be able to respond to disasters both natural and manmade, update facilities and technologies to better care for an increasingly aging population, and upgrade information technology for patient safety. And they always need to be ready to provide the care you need at any time, under any circumstance. At a time when our nation's health care system faces these and other very serious challenges, cuts that threaten vital services are dangerous for all of us.

Please visit www.MyCareCounts.org to sign the Call to Action...and forward the address on to your friends and family and ask them to sign as well. Your hospital is depending on you!


Letter from VolunteerMatch

Dear Colleague,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to review Great Expectations: Boomers and the Future of Volunteering, a new report from VolunteerMatch.

This new study, presented with the support of the MetLife foundation and sponsored by Atlantic Philanthropies, takes a closer look at the types of volunteer opportunities older adults are looking for in order to provide useful insights for nonprofits interested in expanding their capacity to attract and engage this talented population.

The study, based on in-depth user research conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, explores both the nonprofit and the volunteer perspectives, but focuses on identifying the evolving motivations, attitudes, skills and expectations of volunteers as they mature. The study also underscores the growing use of the Internet among older Americans and illustrates its usefulness as a tool for connecting volunteers with local nonprofit organizations.

Among the Key Findings of the report:

  • Many older non-volunteers are reconsidering volunteering.
  • More than half of 55+ non-volunteers report some interest in volunteering Professionals and women aged 55-64 are the most likely to be interested
  • Older non-volunteers aren't volunteering because they haven't found the right opportunity.
  • 32% of non-volunteers 55+ would prefer a volunteer activity that helps them learn new skills or explore new interests.
  • Older adult volunteers are more likely to appreciate the personal significance of volunteering.
  • VolunteerMatch users age 55+ are contributing nearly 100 hours a year more than users aged 30-39 (226 hours vs. 132 hours).
  • 75% of users 55+ view volunteering as "very important" or "one of the most important" things in their life.
  • Volunteers grow increasingly interested in making use of their career and non-career related skills as they mature.
  • A majority of VolunteerMatch users 55+ agree that they would prefer a volunteer opportunity that makes use of their personal or professional skills.
  • The Internet is making it easier for people of all ages to find nonprofit organizations that need help.
  • 66% of those surveyed report that their use of the Internet has made it easier for them to find an organization that needed help.
  • 61% report that it has made it easier to find interesting opportunities.

Great Expectations: Boomers and the Future of Volunteering echoes the working hypothesis held by many sector researchers and practitioners that older volunteers, with their desire to apply a lifetime of experience and skill, have expectations for their volunteer commitments that don't currently align with the perceived need for skilled volunteers among nonprofits. The findings also suggest that knowledge and education, coupled with a more effective
communication infrastructure, can realign these dynamics by reinforcing high
expectations and empowering more organizations to make the most of their
volunteer initiatives.

To download a copy of the full report, visit:
http://www.volunteermatch.org/greatexpectations

We hope you find Great Expectations: Boomers and the Future of Volunteering to be both insightful and thought-provoking, and encourage you to share it with your colleagues.

VolunteerMatch is committed to investing in technology to transform the landscape of volunteering and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead.

Sincerely,
Greg Baldwin
President
VolunteerMatch


Independent Sector Updates Worth of a Volunteer

Independent Sector announces that the 2008 estimate for the value of a volunteer hour in the USA has reached $20.25. The 2006 estimate increased from $19.51 per hour in 2007. The estimated value per hour for Massachusetts volunteers is $25.47 for 2008, the latest date available.

IS calculates the hourly value of volunteer time based on the average hourly wage for all non-management, nonagriculture workers as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 12 percent increase to estimate for fringe benefits.

Independent Sector is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of approximately 575 charities, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in every state across the nation. Its mission is to advance the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the charitable community. For more information about Independent Sector, go to Resources on this website.

Future dates for National Volunteer Week!

April 18—24, 2010

“Celebrate What’s Right with the World”

MADHVS has a copy of a wonderful video, “Celebrate What’s Right with the World”, available to MADHVS members for workshops, orientations, appreciation and awards banquets, etc. The video helps us recognize possibilities and find solutions for many of the challenges before us, and features stunning photography from Dewitt Jones of National Geographic magazine. Contact MADHVS Communications Director for availability and details.

 

 

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