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This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs

at the federal government level.

~November 2014~

cartoon of government buildings



thank in many languagesGive thanks…

It’s always hard to believe how quickly the holidays creep up on us.  We just said goodbye to summer, turned the corner for Labor Day, pretended to be someone else for Halloween, and now we are ready to give thanks.


arrow What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?  Family and friends aside, think about your role as a volunteer resource manager.
arrow Are you grateful for your volunteers who are able to serve your organization?
Are you grateful for the challenges put forth before you?  Does this make you a stronger person?
arrow How often do you ponder your crazy days at work, laugh about them, and reflect?
arrow What are the lessons to be learned from the stories that we are writing only to preface with “I can’t make this up.”
arrow But most importantly, how often are you in the moment? 

arrow How often are you present to sit back and reflect on the work that you do?  I’m sure you move at lightning speed on most days – you forget to eat lunch, take a breath, or walk away from your desk.

This holiday season, I ask that you stop and take a deep breath.  Is anyone else running around like you?  Who is putting the demands on you to move so fast?
Regardless of how much work we are doing, how tired we are, we are not always reflecting on the moment. 

So I leave you with this . . .

Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.


I give thanks to you, dear volunteer resource manager.  Continue all year long to do great work…but take time for you. You’ve earned it.

*The author of the Federal Government Volunteer Programs page is Melissa Heinlein-Storti , MA, MS, CAVS. Melissa Heinlein-Storti is the Chief, Voluntary Service at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, (215) 823-5868. Before venturing to the nonprofit sector, Melissa Heinlein spent time working for financial, IT, and pharmaceutical companies. With her business and marketing background, she took those skills and worked for Junior Achievement and structured a formal volunteer program at Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy before going into healthcare at Abington Memorial Hospital as the Assistant Director of Volunteer Resources. Her latest adventure is Chief, Voluntary Service at Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Melissa is past president and member of the Delaware Valley of Association for Volunteer Administration.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Directors of Volunteers in Healthcare, Inc. and held positions as education chair (state and local), vice-president (state), and member-at-large).  She holds a MA in Communications from West Chester University, MS in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College, and is a certified administrator of volunteer services through AHVRP. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Human Development at Marywood University. She also contributed to the first textbook on volunteer administration.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, sports, and exploring the outdoors. She prides herself when she talks about interacting with volunteers 5-99 years old – horses and dogs included.

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The National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) is an association of administrators, coordinators and directors of volunteer programs in local government. Its purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs in local government through leadership, advocacy, networking and information exchange. NAVPLG is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties and is seeking affiliate status with the National League of Cities. Cost is $20 for individuals and $75 for group local government membership. An affiliate membership is $25 and is intended for those who are not local government members but may have an interest in the group. There is a quarterly newsletter, national network, and access to NACo's Volunteerism Project. For more information contact Robin Popik, who is a Volunteer Resource Supervisor. She can be reached by phone at 972-941-7114. Be sure to mention you read about this in Volunteer Today.

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