April 2023

First, some final inspiration from our executive director…

Greetings friends, The focus of this month’s Ally is on volunteers and the important role they play in making a positive difference for children, families, and communities.  There is no greater example of the importance and impact of volunteers than what is currently happening in the aftermath of the horrendous tornadoes that recently impacted our […]

2023 GIVE Awards

Celebrating Exemplary Service The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (Volunteer MS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence GIVE (Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence ) Awards celebrating the exemplary service of Mississippi’s most dedicated citizens. “As First Lady and Honorary Chair for the Commission for Volunteer Service, I […]

Member Spotlights: We Will Go

At We Will Go, we like to make serving as easy as it is to be a good neighbor. It doesn’t take much to be a neighbor and it doesn’t take much to serve. We equip volunteers to do this through our Education and Essential Food programs every single day. Last year we were able […]

Member Spotlights: Back Bay Mission

Back Bay Mission has had a long history with volunteerism.  Volunteers have been coming to Back Bay Mission since hurricane Camille in 1969.  Following Camille, volunteers were primarily doing clean-up, landscaping, and painting.  When hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005, Back Bay Mission was managing over 1000 volunteers a week.  Our Housing […]

National Volunteer Month/Week

April is National Volunteer Month National Volunteer Month is an extension to an already-established holiday-week, National Volunteer Week, first held in 1943 in Canada, dedicated to paying tribute to the unwavering contributions of women during World War II who would collect supplies and help wounded soldiers. It was in the early 20th century when organized […]

It All Boils Down To This

Hello, my name is Michele Baker. I’m an editor, consultant and trainer in Jackson, and I’ve held the international Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential for 15 years. During my time as a CVA, I have worked at the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (now called Volunteer Mississippi) and with many smaller nonprofits like Mississippi […]

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Lighting the Mansion in Blue ~ Wednesday, April 12 In addition to being National Volunteer Month, April is also National Child Abuse Prevention month! National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM) is hosting a child abuse […]

Nonprofit Workforce Survey

Are Nonprofit Workforce Shortages Still a Problem? Is your charitable nonprofit struggling with unfilled vacancies, long waiting lists of people seeking services, chronic burnout, and other challenges like employee turnover?  Or is the nonprofit workforce shortages crisis a thing of the past? We’d like to know.  A major survey and report in late 2021 identified […]