Training Materials

Learn more about best practices in volunteer recruitment and engagement, and how to get the results you need.

NOTE: These are examples from public libraries and should be reviewed and modified to ensure fit with local policies and culture.

Title Keyword Tags Year
Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook.
This one hour archived webinar was presented by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch in conjunction with the 4 state Get Involved: Powered by Your… more
Volunteer Handbooks policies, handbook 2019
"Applying for a Job Online" Powerpoint Training - Huntington Beach
This powerpoint presentation was created for a high skilled volunteer to deliver training to library patrons on "Applying for Job Online."
Job / Employment CoachEngaging High Impact VolunteersJob Specific Volunteer Training job coach, Training 2012
"E-mail Basics" Powerpoint Training - Huntington Beach
This powerpoint presentation was created for a high skilled volunteer to deliver training to library patrons on "E-Mail Basics."
Engaging High Impact VolunteersJob Specific Volunteer Training tech coach, Training 2012
2016 Arizona Volunteering Report
Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation's 2016 Summary Report of their survey and focus group… more
Capacity BuildingMillennials Arizona 2016
A Different Kind of Volunteer Work: More companies are encouraging empoloyees to donate their professional expertise
This brief September, 2017 Wall Street Journal article speaks to societal factors leading to the increase in corporate pro bono programs.
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers 2017
Action Words for Use in Position Description Development - San Jose
A terrific list of action words to assist when preparing volunteer position descriptions.
Staff Guides for Working with VolunteersEngaging High Impact Volunteers Position Descriptions 2010
Addressing Common Staff Concerns About Volunteers
This is adapted from Carla Lehn's book, "Volunteer Involvement in California Libraries: Best Practices." The complete book may be found online here:… more
Engaging Staff and Unions Staff Resistance 2011
Adult Literacy Students Giving Back
In this 5- minute video, be inspired by adult literacy students in San Jose who are giving back to their community.
Engaging High Impact Volunteers adult literacy, Video 2011
Advanced VolunteerMatch Tools
This one hour webinar is for those who have at least gotten their feet wet using their VolunteerMatch account. It will give you some next steps to… more
VolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Recruitment, online recruitment 2009
Arizona's Buckeye Library Shares it's Experience with Get Involved
In this 6 minute video, Krista Cornish, Buckeye Library's (AZ) Volunteer Engagement Coordinator shares her library's experience and best… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging Staff and Unions 2019
ASCLA Library Accessibility ToolKits
An excellent list prepared by ASCLA of links to resources that can help in a number of areas including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, blind, deaf,… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training disabilities 2017
Basics of Volunteer Orientation & Training
Among the things that make volunteers happy are a good orientation to your organization and basic training. Just getting the volunteer in the door… more
Volunteer Orientation volunteer training, Volunteer Orientation 2015
Best Practices for Recruiting Online
Watch Jennifer Bennett, Training Manager from VolunteerMatch, talk about the key things you need to do to be sure your volunteer opportunities get… more
On-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources 2009
Best Practices for Recruiting Volunteers Online
This one hour webinar will give you tips you can use to be successful recruiting volunteers online.
Baby Boomers Recruitment, online recruitment 2009
Beware of These 6 Trends Lurking in Your Volunteer Program
This brief article from November 2019 delineates troubling trends about volunteer engagement programs gleaned from the most recent Volunteer… more
Capacity Building 2019
Bibliography on Volunteer Engagement
Bibliography and Web Resources on Volunteer Engagement.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Baby Boomers, bibliography, Lehn 2018
Book to Action Project- Santa Barbara Public Library
Book-to-Action Programs 2012: Bringing programs about the environment to Santa Barbara Public Library libraries (Green @ Your Library), in… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Book to action, community service, teen volunteers, environment 2012
Brave New World of Engaging Skilled Volunteers
Have you thought about how volunteers with specific skills could help ? This 50 minute webinar by VolunteerMatch and LinkedIn For Good to learn why… more
Volunteer RecruitmentCapacity BuildingMillennialsOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources VolunteerMatch, Volunteer Recruitment, LinkedIn 2015
Build a Better Volunteer Engagement Program
Brush off the cobwebs, clean out the closets, and check for cracks. Have you ever wondered if your volunteer engagement program is using all of the… more
Volunteer HandbooksEngaging High Impact VolunteersOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Recruitment, management 2010
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-… more
Staff Guides for Working with VolunteersCapacity BuildingEngaging Staff and Unions Staff Resistance, staff buy-in 2018