Developing Volunteers: Webinars
In this series:
- Combining Inspiring Leadership with Effective Management
- Laying the Foundation through Mission and Vision
- Building Understanding and Collaboration with Paid Staff and Volunteers
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Once you have recruited the right volunteers for the job, attention turns to retaining their active participation with your organization. Retention of quality volunteers is cost effective, saving both time and dollars associated with recruitment and training. We’ll discuss how leaders at all levels – policy making, executive and middle-management – of the organization can work in together to encourage and facilitate high impact volunteer involvement. Do you have a clear focal point of leadership for volunteering? Is the volunteer management function, well-integrated at all levels and in all parts of the organization? Let’s talk about some barriers to volunteer involvement – liability, confidentiality, location of the organization, hours of operation, etc. – and how they can be dealt with forthrightly. Together we will explore how nonprofit organizational leadership can develop strong volunteers through leadership that is inspiring and effective at management as well.
Andrea Houlihan is Volunteer Connection Program Coordinator with United Way of Chittenden County Volunteer Center. She has over 15 years of experience working with volunteers and developing volunteer programs in the nonprofit sector. Andrea was the volunteer coordinator for First Night Burlington and the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon before joining United Way. She now teaches workshops on creating volunteer management systems for nonprofit organizations, and consults with individual agencies on their specific volunteer management issues.
Step one in developing volunteers for your organization is to recruit the right volunteers for the job. Does your organization refer to Mission and Vision documents to lay the foundation for your recruitment practices? Framed in terms of the problem or issue that the organization is addressing, these documents provide a clear articulate picture of the priorities and direction the organization is moving. Volunteers need to see their work as valuable, contributing to the achievement of the mission, with the support of existing staff. We’ll discuss how to build an environment of openness to new ideas, new challenges and change, while creating opportunities to learn from and about the volunteers’ experiences with the organization.
Sarah Kleinman is State 4-H Program Director with University of Vermont Extension. In both her current role as well as in past positions with various non-profits, she has experience with coordination, training and growing the use of volunteers in a variety of capacities that include fundraising, event planning, animal care and adoption, youth development work, and administrative work. Supporting volunteers for the past 12 years, Sarah has been credited with strengthening training resources, materials and growing the number of volunteers engaged in the programs.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 11am-noon (ET)
Retaining active participation of volunteers with your organization is a big job. Are you showing respect for paid staff by empowering them to engage fully - planning, decision-making and management - with the volunteers? We'll discuss how you reduce the boundaries and increase the teamwork between paid and volunteer staff. Sharing success stories can help us all learn new ways to spread the word of contributions that volunteers make in our organizations. Recognizing their contribution to achievement of the Mission and Vision is crucial to retaining quality volunteers. Let's discuss some effective ways to do just that.
Sarah Kleinman is State 4-H Program Director with University of Vermont Extension supervising 15 paid staff. In both her current role as well as in past positions with various non-profits, she has experience with coordination, training and growing the use of volunteers in a variety of capacities that include fundraising, event planning, animal care and adoption, youth development work, and administrative work. Supporting volunteers for the past 12 years, Sarah has been and growing the number of volunteers engaged in the programs.
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