Volunteer managers already have phones and email to work with offsite volunteers. What is the advantage of using Instant Messaging (IM) with such volunteers as well? UNITeS <http://www.unites.org>, the ICT volunteering initiative of United Nations Volunteers <http://www.unvolunteers.org>, has created a new article to help illustrate the advantages for using IM to work with volunteers, based on feedback from various online discussion groups, from our own staff experiences, and other resources.
To read the article regarding using IM with volunteers, visit: http://www.unites.org/Html/resource/im/im0.htm This article is a followup to the very popular online resource by UNITeS, "Handheld computer technologies in community service/volunteering/advocacy. This article provides an overview of examples of people using handheld computer/personal digital assistants (PDAs) or phones as part of community service/volunteering/advocacy, and examples that could be applied to volunteer settings. To read this article regarding handheld computers and volunteers, see: http://www.unites.org/Html/Resource/unites/unites0.htm United Nations Information Technology Services (UNITeS), as part of the UN Volunteers programme, places and supports volunteers in developing countries to help local communities apply ICT to a number of areas (health, education, agriculture, the environment, etc.). UNITeS also promotes volunteerism as a key element to the success of ICT for Development (ICT4D) activities. For information on UNITeS, including information on how to get involved with its activities, see: http://www.unites.org Please forward this message as appropriate. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens [EMAIL PROTECTED] Online Volunteering Specialist United Nations Volunteers http://www.unvolunteers.org Bonn, Germany UNITeS http://www.unites.org Netaid http://www.netaid.org/OV Global portal to volunteering: http://www.iyv2001.org -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ------------ ***GKD is solely supported by EDC, a Non-Profit Organization*** To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd Archives of previous GKD messages can be found at: <http://www.edc.org/GLG/gkd/>