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How do you make use of technology when working with volunteers?

Posted on August 27th, 2009 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Michael Bujnowski, OLLI at Concord New Hampshire Asks OLLI:

Has anyone created an infrastructure that makes use of technology when working and training volunteers?

Volunteers are an important part of OLLI. Their contributions directly impact the success of the organization. I believe we can dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of volunteers, as well as attract and keep them involved by giving them access to information that directly relates to improving the quality of their programs. Technology can work for many of our volunteers and we can offer education, training and support to effectively use the technology.

Please share the ways your OLLI employs technology when working with volunteers.

Student ID cards and evening courses

Posted on August 26th, 2009 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jacqueline Gratz, OLLI at Towson University Asks OLLI:
Do your OLLI students receive official student ID cards from your university that can be used for reduced entrance fees at various events, both within and outside the university.    If so, what is the procedure whereby they procure the cards?
Do you offer evening courses?  If so, how many, which evenings, and what time?  Are they well attended?  Have they been as successful as your daytime courses?  

Have you produced an annual report?

Posted on August 24th, 2009 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Pat Zimmerman, OLLI at the University of Nevada, Reno Asks OLLI:

We are interested in producing an annual report and want to know if other OLLI’s have an annual report? If you have annual reports would you be be willing to share them with us either on line or through snail mail?