About Brooke Parkinson, CNP

Brooke Parkinson, CNP, is the Director of Volunteer Houston, an AmeriCorps NCCC alum, rescue kitten mom, back porch gardener, international traveler, INTJ (information architect) and Certified Nonprofit Professional. Brooke’s passion for volunteering began as a young girl when she accompanied her parents on a trip to deliver a home baked casserole to a man living in a small, hand-crafted shed deep in the woods of East Texas. The passion that was sparked that day has developed into a fulfilling career as a nonprofit professional. As the “Service Learning Initiator” for her AmeriCorps NCCC team, she has since focused her efforts on creating the space for intentional service learning reflections among program participants, and staff members, in each of her professionals roles. Brooke currently serves on the Harris County Long-Term Recovery Committee Steering Committee, as the Co-Chair of the Volunteer Management Workgroup, on the Points of Light Affiliate Disaster Committee, on the Power Tools for Nonprofits Advisory Committee, and on the Goodwill Industries Houston Business Advisory Council.

What is a social entrepreneur?

2021-06-24T11:01:55-05:00June 24th, 2021|

What is a social entrepreneur? Excerpts from Points of Light’s Civic Life research and magazine series. Volunteer Houston is a proud Global Network affiliate of Points of Light, a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. As part of the network, [...]

3 Myths About Volunteering for the First Time

2021-05-24T13:29:51-05:00May 24th, 2021|

3 Myths About Volunteering for the First Time Volunteering and giving back have always been important to me. It started for me back in high school by participating in United Methodist Army mission trips every summer. And that was only the beginning! I went on to work with my church to organize large [...]

Four Houston Women Making Herstory

2021-07-20T08:04:54-05:00March 31st, 2021|

Four Houston Women Making History Designated by Congress in 1987 to recognize the achievements of women in a variety of fields - science, community, government, literature, art, sports and medicine - Women's History month celebrates their contributions that continue to pave the way for the next generation of women to continue making history. [...]

Long-Term Value of Service Learning

2021-03-27T13:34:26-05:00March 27th, 2021|

Exploring The Long-Term Value of Service Learning The term “service learning” has long captured the attention of students, nonprofits, and professionals all around the world. The opportunity to volunteer for a worthy cause while enhancing their own skills and development has continued to appeal to learners everywhere. Here at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, [...]

Skilled Volunteers: Wes and Whitney

2021-07-20T08:02:20-05:00March 2nd, 2021|

Skilled Volunteers: Wes and Whitney When we think of nonprofits, one of the first things that comes to mind is volunteers. Volunteers are the reason many nonprofits are able to do what they do. They support us in ways our budgets will not allow. They pass along our mission to their communities and [...]

Getting the Most Out of Groups of Highly Skilled Volunteers

2021-02-16T12:32:14-06:00February 16th, 2021|

Getting the Most Out of Groups of Highly Skilled Volunteers I began serving as the Executive Director of the Houston ToolBank when it opened its doors in 2014. We are a lean organization with three staff and an annual budget of $450,000. Volunteers are critical to us successfully operating but not without challenges. [...]

Service Learning Brings Life Together

2021-07-20T08:06:48-05:00February 1st, 2021|

Service Learning Brings Life Together! As schools and universities explore innovative ways to engage their students, several institutions have begun using service learning projects as a creative option. Extensive research has revealed the many benefits of participating in service learning for youth, which includes interacting with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles, reducing [...]

Preparing for Volunteer Engagement in 2021

2021-01-06T17:11:42-06:00January 16th, 2021|

Preparing for Volunteer Engagement in 2021 2020 is in our rear view and the end of the pandemic is in sight. Nevertheless, nonprofits will face many of the same volunteer engagement challenges in the new year. Here is a new take on the same obstacles we face each year. Consider New Policies and [...]

2 Surprising Ways COVID Has Impacted Volunteerism in Houston

2020-12-16T16:27:25-06:00December 30th, 2020|

2 Surprising Ways COVID Has Impacted Volunteerism in Houston People are motivated to volunteer for a multitude of reasons and find ways to connect with nonprofits in a variety of ways under normal circumstances. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteer Houston reached out to the general volunteer community in the greater Houston, [...]

Two New Approaches to Corporate Volunteerism

2020-11-30T09:08:44-06:00November 30th, 2020|

Two New Approaches to Corporate Volunteerism We've heard the research. We've read the research. We know what the research says. Corporate volunteer programs improve employee morale, improve brand reputation and ultimately improve the bottom line. Yes, yes, yes! There is so much to unpack when it comes to corporate volunteerism and Corporate Social [...]