This is a full alphabetized list of our archived digital books. Most were in Susan Ellis’ resource library and/or published by Energize during the 20th century and reflect the evolving body of knowledge related to leadership and management of volunteers. Author permission has been obtained where appropriate and feasible. Our policy is not to digitize/archive books which are still being sold elsewhere. These books can be downloaded at no cost.
|101 Ideas for Volunteer Programs
Over the course of training more than 20,000 leaders of volunteers, volunteer engagement experts Steve McCurley and Sue Vineyard gathered this collection of odd ideas and useful thoughts about running a volunteer engagement program, including subjects such as recruiting, screening, interviewing, and supervising volunteers. In their words, the book “is, quite simply, a place to start from, a place to browse in, and a place, finally, to steal [ideas] from.”
|Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||1986|
|101 More Ideas for Volunteer Programs
A continuation of the previously published 101 Ideas for Volunteer Programs. Steve McCurley and Sue Vineyard collect even more practical ideas for engaging volunteers and, this time, include thoughts on improving the role of director of volunteer involvement: problem-solving skills, time management ideas, training techniques, and ways to manage organizational change.
|Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||1995|
|101 Ways to Raise Resources
Similar to the previously published 101 Ideas for Volunteer Programs, this book presents hundreds of ideas and thoughts, often in the form of lists, about fundraising (and friend-raising), all collected by Steve McCurley and Sue Vineyard, experts in volunteer engagement.
|Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||1987|
|A Book of Case Studies for Training Volunteers (Canada)
A resource for training volunteers to develop analytical and problem-solving skills, this book is a compilation of realistic situations that volunteers may face while volunteering. Leaders of volunteer involvement can use the case studies to prepare volunteers via group discussions or role playing.
|Patricia Harvey, Ginette Johnstone||1992|
|A Guide to Volunteer Services
|A New Competitive Edge: Volunteers From The Workplace
The authors explore workplace-based volunteering by profiling the efforts of several corporations promoting community involvement, employee volunteering within small businesses, and volunteer involvement in labor unions. These profiles represent a variety of approaches, each respecting its individual organizational culture while responding to community needs and practicing social responsibility.
|Cynthia Vizza, Kenn Allen, Shirley A. Keller||1986|
|A Roadmap to Managing Volunteer Management Systems
||Claudia Kuric, Sharon Koll||2000|
|A Systems Approach to the Planning and Development of Effective Volunteer Programs
|All Hands on Board
|At the Heart: The New Volunteer Challenge to Community Agencies
|Best Practices for Volunteer Programs
A collection of volunteer engagement ideas including techniques for working with volunteers, leading engagement programs, and understanding the context of volunteerism in the U.S. and Canada during the 1990s.
|Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||2001|
|Beyond Banquets, Plaques and Pins
Hundreds of ideas for recognizing the work of volunteers and thanking them for their contributions. Plus a discussion of what effective recognition really entails.
|Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||1989|
|Beyond Police Checks: The Definitive Volunteer & Employee Screening Guidebook
This book was removed from the archive since it is still available for sale. You can purchase at: http://lindagraff.ca/books.html#BeyondPolice
|Linda L. Graff||1999|
|Building Credibility with the Powers That Be
||Gail Moore, Marilyn MacKenzie||1990|
|Building Staff Volunteer Relations
Helps employees and volunteers work together successfully by exploring the reasons for conflict between volunteers and employees. Scheier eases the all-too-common stresses of this relationship with a step-by-step process for analyzing tasks and work preferences for both paid and unpaid staff. Offers a great number of creative and practical solutions. Contains lots of useful planning guides.
|Ivan H. Scheier||2003|
|Building the Collaborative Community
From the preface: The authors of this book are social scientists with practical and tested strategies for rebuilding collaborative communities. An important feature of this book is that the authors are not prescriptive-they don't tell you what should be done; they are descriptive - they tell you what has been done that you can draw on. They are reporting on their own action research, done while serving as consultants to eighty-eight communities. From this rich experience they are able to portray a variety of strategies adaptable to a variety of situations.
|Eva Schindler-Rainman, Ronald Lippitt||1980|
|But That's Not What My Mom Does (a book about volunteers)
This is the story of a young girl's search to discover what exactly is a volunteer. Written for elementary-aged children, the book explores the concepts that the image of volunteering can differ greatly, and the opportunities to help our community are endless.
|By the People: A History of Americans as Volunteers, New Century Edition
By the People remains the only book available presenting the full scope and depth of volunteer activity throughout three centuries of American history. Originally published in 1978, Susan Ellis and Katie Campbell reissued this revised New Century Edition in 2005. The book challenges misunderstandings about the role of volunteers and illuminates the impact of volunteers throughout history.
|Susan J. Ellis, Katherine H. (Noyes) Campbell||2005|
|Changing the Paradigm: Self-Assessment Kit
This Self-Assessment Process is an organizational change management tool for guiding staff, leadership, board, and other volunteers to examine the effectiveness of volunteer engagement. The Kit contains a Team Leader's Resource Book, a Team Member Book, and a survey.
|Children As Volunteers: Preparing for Community Service
How to incorporate children into an adult volunteer program and find creative ways to use children's fresh perspectives. Includes examples of actual volunteer projects accomplished by youngsters, models of child-adult teams and tips on family volunteering. Learn how to recruit, train and design assignments for volunteers under the age of 14.
|Katherine H. (Noyes) Campbell, Susan J. Ellis||1991|
|Church Puzzle Game
An interactive group activity for religious leaders for analyzing how their congregations work, conducting an organizational analysis of their organization, and identifying areas that deserve further attention. Though The Church Puzzle Game uses the word ‘‘church” in its title and instructions, the content of the Game was written with the intention to help any faith community, religious body, or house of worship.
|Susan J. Ellis||2002|
Written in 1960 primarily for the volunteer but also for professional social workers and those who work in the social realm, this book presents a collection of writings exploring the facets of volunteer service at the time. Contributors include executives, supervisors, professors, volunteer involvement directors, and individual volunteers themselves and, therefore, offering diverse points of view.
|Nathan E. Cohen||1960|
|Dealing With Difficult Volunteers
A toolkit from which to draw strategies for dealing with the many types of difficult behavior that can be exhibited by volunteers.
|Designing Programs for the Volunteer Sector
This short booklet outlines a five-step process to design volunteer engagement programs to be more attractive to volunteers. Author Nancy McDuff presents the methods for conducting a needs assessment, setting objectives, arranging and planning activities, developing an administrative plan to support new volunteer involvement, and evaluating the overall program.
|Essential Volunteer Management
The 1989 edition of Steve McCurley and Rick Lynch's basic text on operating all facets of volunteer involvement.
|Steve McCurley, Rick Lynch||1989|
|Everything You Need To Do Before You Begin To Recruit: Research
The first booklet in PROVOL's Volunteer Management Made Easy Series, which includes: Research, Recruit, Retain, and Recognize. This booklet on Research covers the work to be done before that new volunteer walks through the door for the first time, even when the pressure to recruit new volunteers can be pretty intense.
|Jim Bottorf, Judy Bottorf, Maggie King||1994|
|Exploring Volunteer Space
Exploring Volunteer Space: The Recruiting of a Nation is Ivan Scheier’s exploration of the universe of volunteering. Ivan ponders much of what volunteering can be and a great deal of what would happen in volunteering in the future. While Exploring Volunteer Space is a highly conceptual work, it has great and continuing relevance to practitioners who think about the development of volunteer engagement.
|Ivan H. Scheier||1980|
|Family Volunteering - Ready, Set, Go
A handbook developed for Volunteer Centers, offering tools needed to add family volunteering to existing community involvement activities. There are tips and tricks for every Volunteer Center, from inviting families to join single days of service to creating an entire mission for promoting volunteering by families.
|Focus on Volunteering KOPY KIT®
Contains 117 formatted, ready-to-print and copy pages, each about a specific volunteering subject such as working with volunteers, the history of volunteering, and trends in volunteerism. The KOPY KIT also includes a section of ready-to-use graphics including "thank you" and "we miss you" letters, certificates and awards, recruitment flyers and even greeting cards.
|Susan J. Ellis||1999|
|Focus on Volunteering Kopykit
||Susan J. Ellis||1999|
|Fostering Volunteer Programs in the Public Sector
This book shows how private citizens and public agencies can work together to provide a wide range of public services -- from neighborhood crime watch to mental health assistance. It describes effective methods for managing volunteer programs sponsored by public agencies, and demonstrates how volunteer programs can enhance the quality and impact of government services.
|Jeffrey L. Brudney||1990|
|Handbook for Auxiliary and Volunteer Leaders
|Handling Problem Volunteers
Steve McCurley and Sue Vineyard take a lighthearted look at some of the most common volunteer performance problems and deliver some serious solutions. The book assess es the extent and root causes of problems. Examples range from the "Somewhat Annoying Volunteer" with poor interpersonal skills to the "Dangerously Dysfunctional Volunteer," posing risk concerns. Sample volunteer policies directly related to handling problematic volunteer situations are include
|Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||1998|
|Helping People Volunteer
|Helping You Is Helping Me: How a New Breed of Volunteers Can Make a Difference
||Virgil Gulker, Ken Wilson||1993|
|How To Find The Ideal Volunteers: Target Your Recruiting
The second booklet in PROVOL's Volunteer Management Made Easy Series, which includes: Research, Recruit, Retain, and Recognize. This booklet on recruiting advises us to forget outdated perceptions of volunteers and, then, presents a process of recruiting for skills and talents necessary to meet our agencies' needs in a timely and effective manner.
|Jim Bottorf, Judy Bottorf, Maggie King||1994|
|How to Mobilize Church Volunteers
This book for churches points out common problems congregations face when it comes to member involvement and service, establishes management principles, answers questions, and offers a plan to turn the volunteer challenge into a reality. It's written from a Christian perspective.
|How to Recruit Generation Me
|How to Take Care of You So you Can Take Care of Others
||Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||1987|
|I Volunteer Too
|Involving the Handicapped as Volunteers: A Guidebook
|Leadership for Volunteering
||Harriet H. Naylor||1976|
|Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement: Practical Tools for Busy Executives
Each section of Leading the Way focuses on a key aspect of involving volunteers in which it is crucial for executives to take a lead role, such as fund development, planning and policy development, and evaluation. Checklists, worksheets, idea stimulators, real-life examples, self-inquiry assessments, and other practical tools can be used immediately to guide planning and decision-making.
|Betty Stallings, Susan J. Ellis||2010|
|Making Dreams Come True without Money, Might or Miracles: A Guide for Dream-Chasers and Dream-Catchers
Making Dreams Come True without Money, Might or Miracles caps Ivan Scheier's long career as philosopher, provocateur, and conscience of the volunteer field. He urges us all to nurture dreams--our own and those of others. But this is also a practical, you-can-do-it guidebook for activist volunteers and their mentors, showing what dreamers and "Dream-Catchers" must do to bring dreams to life; how to look beyond money as a need, obstacle or trap; ways to get past barriers, bigots, and anchors; how to create a dream-friendly environment; and what makes dreams die...and what makes them live.
|Ivan H. Scheier||2000|
|Managing Legal Liability and Insurance for Corporate Volunteer Programs
||Charles Tremper, Jeffrey D. Kahn||1992|
|Managing Volunteer Diversity
||Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley|
|Marketing and Motivating Today's Volunteers
|Marketing Magic for Volunteer Programs
||Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||1984|
|Mayor's Voluntary Action Center, 25 Years of Service to New York City
|Measuring the Difference Volunteers Make
|Measuring Up: Assessment Tools for Volunteer Programs
Nearly 70 tools to help evaluate volunteer involvement in an organization including the plans, volunteers, the organization, the people involved, and the manager of volunteers. Other key subjects include diagnosing organization norms, the potential for successful change and for fundraising success, hidden problems, meetings, climate health, responsibilities and job stress.
|Sue Vineyard, Steve McCurley||1997|
|Megatrends and Volunteerism
||Larry F. Moore||1985|
|New Competencies for Volunteer Administrators
|Partners for Action: The Roles of Key Volunteers
||Sara M. Steele, Cathaleen Finley, Carol A. Edgerton||1989|
||Jeanne H. Bradner||1993|
|People Approach: 9 New Strategies for Citizen Volunteer Involvement
||Ivan H. Scheier||1977|
|People Helping People
|Planning It Safe: How to Control Liability and Risk in Volunteer Programs
|Proof Positive: Developing Significant Volunteer Recordkeeping Systems, 21st Century Edition
A step-by-step guide to the basic elements of a volunteer recordkeeping system. Includes the why and how of application forms, volunteer data files, assignment records, time and activity reports - for individual volunteers, groups, and off-site service, too. Lots of sample forms, ideas for documenting hard-to-track activities, and ways to demonstrate the work you do in managing volunteer involvement.
|Susan J. Ellis, Katherine H. (Noyes) Campbell||2003|
|Rants and Rave Anthology, The
Essays written by leading authors in the volunteer world in 2002 about "what was on their mind." Authors included are: Cara Blank, Susan J. Ellis, Melissa Eystad, Andy Fryar, Linda L. Graff, Stephen McCurley, Ivan H. Scheier, Betty Stallings, Sue Vineyard and Bill Wittich.
|Ready to Respond: Disaster Preparedness and Response for Volunteer Centers
|Recognizing Volunteers and Paid Staff: The Art, the Science, and a GAZILLION Ideas!
This book is an update of the classic Beyond Banquets, Plaques & Pins. Vineyard describes how to tailor recognition ideas to fit the "achievers," "affiliatiors," and "empowerers" in an organization. Outlines 10 keys to recognizing volunteers, including being timely, creating an appreciative organizational climate, and embracing diversity. Ends with a list of actions to say thank you.
|Recruiting and Training Volunteers
||Paul J. Ilsley||1981|
|Recruiting: Help and Hope for Finding Volunteers
||Ellen E. Larson||1994|
|Releasing the Potential of the Older Volunteer
|Resource Kit for Managers of Volunteers
The purpose of this Resource Kit was to provide leaders and managers of volunteers with a succinct, practical guide to the fundamentals of developing a volunteer program. It has lots of sample forms. This guide covers the 3 R's of Volunteer Management: READY?- RECRUIT and RETAIN, and an appendix which includes a section for local resource information on volunteering and an extensive annotated bibliography on books, videos, and publications in the field.
|Betty B. Stallings||1997|
|Revolution of the Heart
||T. Margaret Jamer||1961|
|School Volunteers: What They Do, How They Do It
||Barbara Carter, Gloria Dapper||1972|
|Secrets of Motivation: How to Get & Keep Volunteers & Paid Staff
|Service Learning from A to Z: Serving to Learn, Learning to Serve
|Strategic Volunteer Engagement: A Guide for Nonprofit and Public Sector Leaders
||Sarah Jane Rehnborg||2009|
|Survival Skills for Managers
|Teen Power: How to Develop a Teen Volunteer Program
|The Barter Network: Building Community Through Organized Trade Handbook
||David Tobin, Henry Ware||1983|
|The Creative Volunteer Community
|The Effective Management of Volunteer Programs
A landmark book on the application of management principles to administration of volunteer programs.
|The GRANDfriends Project: A Program Creating Friendships Across the Generations (Leader's Guide)
|The Great Trainer's Guide
|The New Volunteerism
||Barbara Feinstein, Catherine Cavanaugh||1978|
|The Power and Potential of Youth in Service to Communities
|The Self-Help Sourcebook
||Edward J. Madara, Barbara J. White||1998|
|The Starter Kit for Mobilizing Ministry - PART 1
||Sarah Jane Rehnborg||1994|
|The Starter Kit for Mobilizing Ministry - PART 2
||Sarah Jane Rehnborg||1994|
|The Successful Volunteer Organization
|The Volunteer Community: creative use of human resources
||Eva Schindler-Rainman, Ronald Lippitt||1971|
|The Volunteer Management Audit
The Volunteer Management Audit is a unique tool for analyzing the effectiveness of an organization's approach to and procedures for involving volunteers. It's designed to be administered by a team of staff and volunteers. The Audit provides a step-by-step guide to planning, conducting, and following-up the assessment process, with complete Scoresheets and instructions.
|Susan J. Ellis||2003|
|The Volunteer Organization Handbook
||Marie Arnot, Lee J. Cary, Mary Jean Houde||1985|
|The Volunteer Powerhouse
||Janet Gordon, Diana Reische||1982|
|The Volunteer Recruitment Book
The book first shows how to design the best assignments for volunteers as the initial step to recruit the most qualified people. What follows is a wealth of information on topics ranging from how your organization's image affects your success in recruitment to where to look for new volunteers, including your own backyard. The Volunteer Recruitment (and Membership Development) Book also offers a whole chapter on membership development for all-volunteer organizations, including how to get current members "off the rolls and on their feet." The Appendix,"Outreach in Cyberspace," explains the Internet as a powerful recruitment tool.
|Susan J. Ellis||2002|
|Training Busy Staff to Succeed with Volunteers (Manual)
||Betty B. Stallings||1996|
|Training Busy Staff to Succeed with Volunteers: The 55-Minute Staff Training Series
12 ready‑to‑deliver training sessions to teach paid staff the fundamentals of working with volunteers. Each training module is designed for delivery in 55 minutes of staff time. Each electronic module comes with: a complete PowerPoint® presentation; a timed script for the trainer highlighting “4 Key Concepts” on each topic; suggestions for expandable group activities; handout masters ready to duplicate, including a workshop evaluation form; and more. The 12 topics range from Designing Positions to Volunteer Recognition.
|Betty B. Stallings||2007|
|Transitioning: Strategies for the Volunteer World
|Uplift: What People Themselves Can Do
|Visionary Leadership in Volunteer Programs: Insight and Inspiration from the Speeches of Marlene Wilson
Marlene Wilson moves from the hows to the whys of leading volunteer programs. She urges all who lead volunteers to move beyond thinking of themselves as managers to thinking of themselves as leaders—those who develop vision for volunteer programs and impart that vision throughout an organization. Includes16 of her most popular presentations from 1974 to 1999.
|Voluntarism at the Crossroads
||Gordon Manser, Rosemary Higgins Cass||1976|
|Volunteer Administration: Readings for the Practitioner
||Larry F. Moore, John C. Anderson||1977|
|Volunteer Recognition Skit Kit
This collection of seven original skits is complete with instructions, scripts and ideas for adaptation. Each skit incorporates songs using well-known popular music with lyrics written for the volunteer recognition occasion. Song sheets can be used separately.
|Arlene Grubbs, Evelyn Levine||1992|