Why a Cairn?

Growing up with the name Cairn, pronounced karr-uhn, I was used to everyone being confused for some reason or another. Most people in the US have never seen the spelling and if they have it’s because of a dog. You know Toto from The Wizard of Oz? On the very rare occasion someone recognizes it…

Volunteer Supervisor Onboarding

This week I got into an interesting conversation on Facebook that I feel compelled to share; In 10 hours, I had over 20 people asking for more information… so I am going to guess there are others out there wondering the same thing. The question was “What kind of support/training/info do you offer for staff…

The Nonprofit Snapcast: Engaging Volunteers in Meaningful Ways

I had the privileged to join Mickey talks with the Nonprofit Snapcast about volunteer engagement, and engaging volunteers in meaningful ways, even during pandemic. Visit the podcast today to listen in! Among the topics we cover: Utilizing volunteers at all levels of your organization, they are your biggest supporters! How do we go about creating…

Do Good Better Podcast: Getting Creative with Volunteers!

I had a great time joining Patrick Kirby from Do Good Better Consulting for his weekly podcast to discuss all things volunteer! Well as much as we could get to in 30 minutes… We know that it’s a crazy time for volunteering and recruiting new members, but we are offering some advice on how to…

The road to getting those three little letters after my name…

Six years ago, I found myself as a Volunteer Coordinator in a place where I didn’t feel valued as a part of the team and after a few months that led me to questioning my own value. What was I bringing to the organization? Was I just the friendly face that welcomed volunteers and answered…

A National Call to Action

Did you catch it? Mixed in all the commercials during the Super Bowl was a call to action. Verizon kicked off the #OneMoreSunday Campaign which calls all NFL fans to utilize the 30 Sunday’s between now and next season to volunteer. Verizon and Points of Light even provide a search engine to find opportunities near…

Life-Stages VS Generations of Volunteers

How many of us have attended a training or webinar in the last year on working with a specific generation of volunteers? If you’re like me, you have had too many to count! Courses such as: Recruiting Millennial Volunteers, Engaging with Gen Z on Social Platforms, and Working with Aging Baby Boomers. Now don’t get…