Hello , My name is Jephanie Price and I’m doing a volunteer blog assignment for my nonprofit organization class. We had to find three volunteer activities that’s coming up in or around our area. Here’s the website I used to find my information www.volunteermidsouth.org . This website was very informative as to the many opportunities to volunteer. “volunteers are a major component of the workforce of many nonprofits”(Worth,pg.226). I truly enjoyed this assignment and will try to make time to volunteer in the areas that I’d enjoy. The three volunteer activities that I chose are as follows: Youth Villages, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Ronald Mcdonald House.
My first choice is Youth Villages and their mission is “Help children and families live successfully” (youthvillages.org).
The activity is called Dogwood Village Birthday Heroes and here the volunteers will help provide a monthly celebration to recognize the children’s birthday’s. I believe that everyone should be recognized on their birthdays,especially children. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 location is Arlington, Tn 38002 Address and Direction will be emailed after signup. There is an orientation prior to volunteering and you must be 18 years of age. Contact person is Corrie Scoby. I’d love to volunteer here. I’m super big on birthday celebrations and as I stated above everyone should have a celebrated bithday. To make sure that these events are more informative and appealing I’d make radio announcements recognizing the individuals birthdays we’re celebrating for the month. Prior to selecting Youth Villages I was familiar with them . My sister worked there for many years.
My second choice is St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital and their mission is “To advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastropic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay”(st.jude.org).
The activity is called Read To Me At St. Jude and will be held Thursday April 26, 2012 from 12:00pm- 1:00pm. The address and directions will be emailed after signup. Contact person is McGehee Marsh. The volunteers will be reading and entertaining kids waiting for their appointments at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. I adore children and knowing that I could possibly put a smile on one’s face just moves me. I’m familiar with the hospital due to making donations through the years. There is no orientation, but job descriptions for volunteers need to include expectations (Worth, pg. 229). Requirements are as follows : must be 18 years of age, do not bring children, do not come if you are under the weather due to the spread of the common cold and flu, wear closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing (i.e. no t-shirts advertising alcohol, etc.) and no strong fragrances.
To make this volunteer activity more informative and appealing I’d allow volunteers to bring in their own books and other activities to entertain the children.
My third and last choice is Ronald McDonald House and their mission is “To create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children” (rmhc.org).
The volunteer activity is called Ronald McDonald Craft Night and will be held Tuesday May 1, 2012 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Address and Directions will be emailed after signup. The vounteers will be doing arts and crafts with patients and families. No orientation is required. Contact person is Lauren King. Requirements are as followed: do not bring small children, do not come if you are under the weather due to the spread of the common cold and flu, wear closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing (i.e. no t-shirts advertising alcohol, etc.), must be 18 years of age and no strong fragrances. I’m familiar with them through my donations over the years and would love to volunteer .I’m family oriented and love children. I’d really enjoy volunteering here. This also gives both the volunteers ,patients and families the opportunity to meet new people. I’d make this volunteer activity more informative and appealing by allowing volunteers to bring in their own arts and crafts. This way it gives the patients and families a variety of arts and crafts to choose.
I ‘ve learned so much about volunteering and how to find the opportunity to do so. I must admit that prior to this assignment i was feeling a bit down,but while doing it I immediately started to feel better and it was due to the volunteer activities that I chose. I chose the three because I love children and I’m family oriented. Knowing that I can make a differnce in the lives of others just by volunteering feels great and I will make time to do so, especially after seeing what a difference it makes. I hope that you all enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed doing it and maybe even volunteer. Thanks
Worth, Michael J. (2012). Nonprofit Management: Principles & Practice. Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, Ca. Sage Publications.