This week is National Volunteer Week! Points of Light, the organization that established this program in 1974, says “National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.”
To recognize the tireless work of volunteers that support the nonprofit sector, we’ll be publishing a blog post every day this week to celebrate their contributions. We’re kicking off Monday with a shout out to NTEN’s Community of Practice (COP) leaders.
Here at NTEN, we marvel at the community members who run our COPs all year long because they create the space for that discovery and difference-making to happen, through thoughtful facilitation of online discussions and regular calls, webinars, or tweet chats. Some are veterans in the #nptech space who’ve been organizing with us for years; others have just started their groups after being inspired at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference. We can’t ever thank them enough, but in honor of National Volunteer Week, I want to give a heartfelt shout-out to these volunteers:
Arts Nonprofits – Brett Ashley Crawford, Maddie Grant, Dawn Heinen
- Drupal for Nonprofits/Social Change – Johanna Bates, Ivan Boothe
- IT Directors – Alex Speaks, Richard Wollenberger
- Nonprofits and Data – Shari Cartun
Nonprofit Bloggers – Emily Weinberg
- Women in Nonprofit Tech – Veda Banerjee, Michelle Chaplin
If you’re looking for peers who will help you hone your skills and develop your career or network, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to peruse the COPs, and join one or a few. I know the volunteer facilitators will make sure you feel welcome.