February 2011 Meeting Notes

Hi everyone,

Did you know that 1 out of 3 volunteers vows never to return to the nonprofit that brought them in because he/she feels the organization wasted his/her time? 

Did you realize that last year HandsOn Jacksonville helped area nonprofits to manage nearly 2,000 volunteer projects, and experienced a 97% success rate? 

These are just 2 of the things we discussed at last Friday’s meeting. But, first, 18 of us were on hand to welcome 3 new members:

  • Bobby Ingram, President of the Somer Thompson Foundation
  • Andrea Spencer, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida
  • Nancy Knight, HandsOn Jacksonville

Then, Dr. Judy Smith, President and CEO of HandsOn Jacksonville (HOJ), took the helm to talk to us about volunteerism in Northeast Florida.  The full set of meeting notes appears below (scroll all the way down the page, or see attached Word document).  Please read them to learn about all of the incredible services HOJ offers local helping agencies! 

Looking ahead, please save the following dates:

  • Friday, March 25th, 2011, monthly meeting:
  • Topic: Minimizing “Drainers” in Your Daily Life
  • This meeting will be a guided brainstorming session to explore creative ways to delegate or barter to minimize time spent on tasks that drain us, and maximize time spent doing what we love!
  • Friday, April 22, 2011, monthly meeting – the third, not fourth, Friday of the month:
  • Field Trip: Shaping Clay will meet for at the Florida Youth Challenge Academy at Camp Blanding!  The morning will include  light refreshments, a tour,  a presentation by the Color Guard, and

inspiring cadet testimonials.   Please join us for what will be some great learning and fellowship!

One final note, Dee Talty with the Safe Animal Shelter wrote to ask if you guys know whether any organization, besides the Food Pantry, has a program that donates dog/cat food to low income families?

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy a wonderful month till our next meeting!

Peace and joy –

Beth Eifert
Organization Development Consultant
Coordinator, Shaping Clay Helping Professionals’ Group