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.

Volunteer Using Your Car

2021-10-18T13:15:35-05:00October 18th, 2021|

Volunteer Using Your Car Written by Lena Borrelli and re-posted with permission from Bankrate. There’s no denying that America is hurting due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sickness and record unemployment have left a devastating impact on Americans everywhere. School and business closures have disrupted everyday routine and left the future largely uncertain. Federal [...]

5 Tools Every Volunteer Coordinator Needs

2021-09-13T13:54:04-05:00September 13th, 2021|

5 Tools Every Volunteer Coordinator Needs A successful volunteer experience is a two-way street. If we do our part to set the stage for a volunteer to be successful, they will be, and we all win! NOTE: This blog post includes downloadable templates. Keep reading for more! Between all of us volunteer coordinators, [...]

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. [...]