Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

It's that time of year again - that's right, the 2008 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign is being kicked off next Wednesday, July 9th at a meeting bringing together various organizations throughout the Chicagoland area to discuss how we can recruit more volunteers to be tutors and mentors, as well generally increase awareness about tutoring and mentoring in general.

Last year my goal was to start building a network of organizations who would collaborate on the Volunteer Recruitment Campaign. This was accomplished at a meeting we had last August at Literacy Volunteers of Illinois. The theme of volunteer recruitment also continued throughout the year at the two seminars that I mediated at both our November and May Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conferences.

This year, we are kicking off the 2008 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign with a similar meeting to the one last year, but that's only the beginning. By the end of September, my goal is to have at least 25 organizations involved and for there to be mentions of the Volunteer Recruitment Campaign in the media. I'm also putting together a coffeehouse night at the ING Direct Cafe, on the near northside to bring together organization leaders, volunteers and potential volunteers to discuss the importance of volunteering in a relaxed and casual setting.

So, if you want to get involved in this year's Volunteer Recruitment Campaign, please come to our kickoff meeting, which will be Wednesday, July 9th at 2pm, at Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, 30 E. Adams, Suite 1130, Chicago, IL 60603.

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