Start Here

Hi, I am glad you are here! Volunteerplaintalk is a blog for and about volunteer managers and the unique challenges we face.

I have over 20 years in volunteer management, have held the CVA certification ( since 2005, have presented on the state and national level, have written for several publications on volunteer management and wrote a book on volunteer management (the Volunteer Shelf Life) which came about because heck, volunteers leave for lots of reasons and I was tired of blaming myself every time a volunteer “quit.”

The menu bar on this site will take you to:
Home-my current posts

Pinterest and Flipboard-articles that pertain to volunteer management and personal development-I update these boards daily

Contact Me-If you have a question, suggestion for topic or would like to chat about visiting your group of volunteer managers, I would love to hear from you. I also work with volunteer programs and believe strongly that by professionalizing volunteer engagement and impact, we will elevate volunteerism and the contributions of our volunteers.

VPT Tips-#VolTipTalk-these are categorized quick tips that I hope will help get your creative juices flowing. I update these often, the newer ones will appear at the top of each category so check back often.

On the left sidebar, you will see my Twitter feed @MeridianSwift

But, in all, I sincerely hope this site is worthy of your valuable time.

If you truly want more, there are a couple of other pages here:

VPT on YouTube-videos about managing volunteers

Ask a Volunteer Manager Anything-a page for questions and responses.

The Quit-O-Meter-my silly reasons we want to quit being a volunteer manager.





5 thoughts on “Start Here”

  1. You should consider joining our club ‘Cyber Kiwanis’ as your service to the community as volunteer manager is great. How about I do a feature on you as our “Community Friend”.


    • Hi Hina!
      Thank you for that offer, I would love to learn more. How do I join and yes, if you think a feature on a volunteer manager would be helpful, by all means. Just let me know what I can do.


  2. Hi Meridian,
    Great blog. Keep up the good work!


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