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.

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 [...]

That Time When the Volunteers Didn’t Show Up

2020-10-19T09:18:43-05:00October 15th, 2020|

That Time When the Volunteers Didn't Show Up It has happened to all of us. We collect responses and RSVP's from volunteers and when it's time for their shift to start....no one is there! What went wrong? Was it me or was it them? The reality is at times volunteers (unfortunately) do not [...]

3 Reasons Not To Be Intimidated by Virtual Volunteering

2020-10-23T12:44:13-05:00September 7th, 2020|

3 Reasons Not To Be Intimidated by Virtual Volunteering Virtual volunteering has been a popular topic lately. It's not a new concept, but it wasn't very common pre-COVID. So, what exactly is it? In reality, it encompasses two different concepts; both of which are considered remote. At Volunteer Houston, we define these concepts [...]

Yes, I Know What Service Learning Is. Wait, Do I?

2021-07-20T07:50:18-05:00August 12th, 2020|

Yes, I Know What Service Learning Is. Wait, Do I? One element of the volunteer experience transforms it into service learning. It's like sustainable eating. When you know everything about the food you're eating - where it came from and who farmed it - you are more likely to remember the meal. You're [...]