ERIC Number: ED303618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Documenting Volunteer Experience. Volunteer for Minnesota: A Project for Developing Public Private Partnerships in Communities.
Minnesota State Dept. of Administration, St. Paul. Office on Volunteer Services.
Documented volunteer experience can be a valuable tool for the individual who volunteers as well as for the organization for which the volunteer works. Current trends point toward the heightened need for validating volunteer experience. Recordkeeping systems can help facilitate effective placement of all volunteers according to their interests, skills, and available time. The process of documentation often develops greater consciousness on the part of the volunteer about his or her marketable skills and areas of personal growth (such as increased risk taking). Volunteer training records can be a vehicle for developing and monitoring individual career or training plans and can be a source of information for writing resumes or responding to requests for references. Volunteer leaders have an advocacy role that extends beyond the volunteer program itself to interaction with potential employers of volunteers and representatives of academic institutions evaluating volunteers' competencies. Volunteer leaders must therefore keep time records and job descriptions for individual volunteers, determine methods of creating individual training plans, and identify and implement schedules for volunteer performance evaluation. (MN)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Annotated Bibliographies, Documentation, Evaluation Methods, Recordkeeping, Volunteers, Work Experience
Minnesota Office on Volunteer Services, Department of Administration, 500 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55155 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Administration, St. Paul. Office on Volunteer Services.
Note: Reprint of May, 1984 monograph.