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internet discussion groups
for volunteer managers/service leaders

This information was last updated on June 5, 2000

 
These are USENET newsgroups, e-mail-based discussion groups, web-based bulletin boards and updates via e-mail for and by volunteer managers/service leaders. These are great places to interact with other volunteer/service managers of various types of organizations, get suggestions and feedback, and ask questions.

The Virtual Volunteering Project does not sponsor of most of these groups, however, our Project Manager does participate in many of these groups!

 

Mailing Lists (Internet discussions via e-mail)

With mailing lists, e-mail messages go to a central point and are then "reflected" automatically back to all who subscribe to the list. It is free to subscribe to a mailing list. However, note that, when you subscribe to any of these lists, the address for subscriptions is DIFFERENT than the address for posting comments and questions.

Most of these lists provide you with the option of receiving messages in "digest" mode, which means you receive all of the messages for a list in one e-mail. If you are subscribing to more than one list, you will probably want to enable this option. Check the "welcome" message you receive after you subscribe to a particular list for directions on how to receive the in digest mode.

    ACLIST
    Links people interested and involved in AmeriCorps programs. Includes AmeriCorps members and program directors, state commissions, training and technical assistance providers and staff from the Corporation for National Service, AmeriCorps sponsoring agency. To become a part of this discussion, send a blank message to
    join-aclist@lists.etr.org.

     
    ARNOVA
    Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Discussions are a blend of theoretical and applied interest to help scholars gain insight into "real world" concerns while providing practitioners with valuable perspectives and data relevant to their work. This is NOT a place to post volunteer opportunities. To become a part of ARNOVA's discussion group, send the message SUBSCRIBE ARNOVA-L to
    listserv@wvnvm.wvnet.edu

    Do not write anything else in the body of your message, and do not use commas in between your name and organization name.

    You can also search the ARNOVA discussion list archives by keyword.

     
    CNSTECH
    A forum for all national service programs (Corporation for National Service, SeniorCorps, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, etc.) to help each other solve computer-related problems or use technology more efficiently. There's more information about this group at http://maelstrom.stjohns.edu/archives/cnstech.html. To become a part of the group, send the message SUBSCRIBE CNSTECH "YOUR NAME" to
    listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu

    Replace "YOUR NAME" with your name (first and last name, no quotes). Do not write anything else in the body of your message and do not use commas.

     
    CVSNET
    A forum to discuss and debate all aspects of the work, activities and management of CVS (Councils for Voluntary Service and similar bodies) and NACVS (National Association of CVS). CVS are charities formed and run by voluntary organisations in England to provide the infrastructure of the voluntary sector. Anyone, anywhere, with an interest in CVS is invited to join. To become a part of the group, send the message
    SUB CVSNET yourCVS Firstname Lastname
    to:
    listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu

    Replace "yourCVS" with the name of your CVS organization (if any) and "Firstname Lastname" with your name (first and last name, no quotes). Do not write anything else in the body of your message and do not use commas or quotes. More information about this group is available at: http://www.nacvs.org.uk/cvsdir/

     
    CYBERVPM
    A very active discussion group for volunteer coordinators/service leaders to discuss problems, concerns, issues, and anything associated with the recruitment and management of volunteers. This is a great place to share experiences and ask questions of other volunteer managers/service leaders, but it is NOT a place to post volunteer opportunities. To become a part of the group, send a blank e-mail to
    cybervpm-subscribe@egroups.com

    After you join the group, you can set the discussion to digest via http://www.egroups.com/group/cybervpm

     
    Distance Volunteering
    Focused primarily on organizations in the United Kingdom. Aims to: a) discuss, develop and exchange thoughts and ideas which can contribute in providing help and support to areas within communities in need. b) make contact with community organisers, especially those working in remote and underdeveloped areas, directly and or through social workers and others. c) organise link ups with specialised groups and organisations that can serve to address, assist and follow up requests for help. To subscribe, visit: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/DistanceVolunteering. A digest version of this list is available.

     
    GOV-VPM
    An online discussion group for people in government who work with volunteers or with those in community restitution programs, and academics concerned with this topic. The Web site has information about joining this discussion group.

     
    INTVOL
    Discussion group for program representatives of international volunteer organizations (that send individuals abroad to volunteer). To become a part of the group, send the message SUBSCRIBE to
    intvol-request@lafetra.org

    Do not write anything in the body of your message.

     
    NONPROFIT
    (formerly USNONPROFIT-L)
    Discusses volunteer/service management issues, as well as other nonprofit issues, such as management, board recruitment and relations, staff issues, fund raising, accounting, taxation, evaluation, accountability, marketing/public relations, collaborating with other organizations, technology uses (computer hardware, software and Internet), and various other issues of interest to not-for-profit professionals, volunteers and supporters. This is another great place to share experiences and ask questions of other volunteer managers, but it is NOT a place to post your volunteer opportunities.

    You can receive each post as an e-mail by sending the message "Subscribe" without quotes to
    nonprofit-request@rain.org
    OR you can join the DIGEST version of the list (strongly suggested), which will allow you to receive all of the day's postings in ONE e-mail. To do this, send the message "Subscribe" without quotes to:
    nonprofit-d-request@rain.org

     
    NSSCTALK
    An informal discussion for National Senior Service Corps project directors, volunteers and others interested in senior service. To become a part of the group, send the message SUBSCRIBE NSSCTALK "YOUR NAME" to
    listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu

    Replace YOUR NAME with your name and remove quotes. Do not write anything else in the body of your message and do not use commas. More information is available at http://maelstrom.stjohns.edu/archives/nssctalk.html

     
    SERVEnet hosts several listservs on a variety of community service-related topics, including civic clubs, collegiate, seniors, faith-based service, military, AmeriCorps alumni, volunteer centers and legislation/policy relating to service. To participate in these lists subscribe to the appropriate list via the SERVEnet site, http://www.servenet.org, using a Web browser that supports frames. OR, send the message "lists" (without quotes) to majordomo@interactive.com, for an index of all the lists by e-mail, then send the message "help" (without quotes) to the same address for information on how to subscribe.

     
    UKVPMs
    An online discussion group via e-mail, and Internet-based networking resource, for United Kingdom-based volunteer managers. For more information and to subscribe, visit http://www.egroups.com/group/ukvpms

     
    VIRTUALVOLS
    A new mailing list for online volunteers to discuss experiences. It's a place for online volunteers working with any agency to ask questions of other online volunteers, share resources that have been helpful in virtual volunteering activities, etc. Sponsored by the Virtual Volunteering Project. To become a part of the group, send the message

      subscribe virtualvols FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

    to: listproc@lists.cc.utexas.edu

    (example: subscribe vverve Jane Doe)

    The list processor (which is a computer, not a person) will reject requests that do not contain a first and last name, or requests with anything else in the body of the message, including a signature. Also, be sure to send this command from the e-mail address to which you want the newsletter sent. A digest version of this list is available.

     
    VISTA-L
    An announcement list e-mailed monthly during immediate VISTA assignment openings, program updates, and items of interests to career centers, libraries, professional groups and potential volunteers. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is part of the Corporation for National Service. To become a part of the group, send the message

      Subscribe VISTA-L Firstname Lastname

    to:
    LISTSERV@AMERICAN.EDU

     
    VistaNet
    An on-going discussion group for VISTAs, former VISTAs, AmeriCorps folks, and anyone interested in national service and social issues. To become a part of the group, send the message

      subscribe vistanet yourFirstName yourLastName
      to:
      listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu

     
    VOLUNTEER-ISSUES
    Focuses on all aspects of volunteers in the nonprofit sector, cutting across nearly every form of nonprofit management, administration, fund-raising, leadership, and function. Subscribe to VOLUNTEER-ISSUES either via email, or from the CharityChannel.com web site. Via e-mail, send the message
      SUBSCRIBE VOLUNTEER-ISSUES yourFirstname yourLastname

    to:
    Listserv@CharityChannel.com

     
    VOLUNTEERISM
    For volunteers to discuss experiences. This is a good place for volunteer managers to get feedback from volunteers around the country, and to post volunteer opportunities. To become a part of the group, send the message SUBSCRIBE VOLUNTEERISM "your firstname lastname" to
    listsubscribe@west.navpoint.com

    Replace "YOUR NAME" with your name (first and last name, no quotes). Do not write anything else in the body of your message and do not use commas.

     
    Human Resources Lists

    These are not for volunteer managers specifically, but they can offer related information:

    • Performance Management TIPS
      Each day, subscribers receive a single message containing a quote, tip, hint or information about improving performance or performance management. To subscribe send an e-mail to perftips-subscribe@egroups.com

    • Conflict in the Workplace Info
      Moderated list for the discussion of all issues related to conflict in the work place, including violence in the workplace, boss-employee conflict, co-worker conflict etc. Discussions of theory AND practical problems are encouraged. Learn techniques to manage, resolve and prevent workplace conflict. The group moderator can be reached at workcon-owner@egroups.com. To subscribe send an e-mail to workcon-subscribe@egroups.com.

     


Newsgroups

Also called USENET groups, newsgroups are Internet discussions, each dedicated to a particular topic. Newsgroups can be accessed via a news reader or via many Web browsers, such as Netscape. Messages are "posted" to the newsgroup, for everyone who subscribes to the newsgroup to see (it is free to subscribe to most newsgroups). If you click on a group below to which your Internet Service Provider (ISP) does not subscribe to, you will get a "file not found" error; contact your ISP if you think it should provide access to a particular newsgroup; or, access the group via remarq.com/ or dejanews.com.

 

Bulletin Boards and Chats

These discussions are done via a Web site, often one sponsored by a commercial entity. It's usually free to join such groups, but by joining you could be adding your name to a commercial mailing list; always read the "Terms of Service" and "Privacy Policy" before joining such a group. Like newsgroups, messages are "posted" to the bulletin board or chat, for everyone who subscribes to the group to see and respond to.

 
You can find more specific Internet discussion groups, such as ones dealing only with a particular geographic area or a particular program (such as the Peace Corps) via these search engines:


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This is an archived version of the Virtual Volunteering Project web site from January 2001.
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