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
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future
This one-hour webinar by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch was archived on June 17, 2015:
The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is… more
Baby BoomersEngaging High Impact VolunteersMillennialsStaff TrainingVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources 2015
Success & Sustainability Factors
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (17.5 minutes)
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Sustainability, retention 2015
Millenials and Volunteering: Bridging the Generation Gap
Every day my LinkedIn feed and various business magazines are filled with articles about Millennials. Generally, the writer advises the reader on how… more
Millennials Millenials, young volunteers, Recruitment 2015
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
Why Don't People Volunteer?
This brief article from PTO today discusses the importance of not only knowing why people volunteer, but why they don't.
Volunteer RecruitmentEngaging High Impact Volunteers Volunteer Recruitment, Motivation 2015
Target Market Success Story: Teen Volunteer
This 5 minute success story is an interview with a library teen volunteer coordinator and one of her awesome teen volunteers talking about what makes… more
Millennials Teen 2015
Inclusive Volunteering: Recommendations for Volunteer Coordinators on how to Develop a More Inclusive Volunteer Programme
This booklet consists of two parts. Part I covers general aspects of inclusive volunteering and Part II includes recommendations for volunteer… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training disabilities 2015
Target Market Success Story: Volunteers with Full Time Jobs
Ever wonder how and why someone with a full time job would be willing and able to volunteer at the library? Here's a 5 minute video clip of one… more
Engaging High Impact Volunteers 2015
Virtual Volunteer - 4 minute interview
This 4 minute interview is with a volunteer who couldn't come to the library to volunteer, but still wanted to help with her high level social… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training virtual volunteer 2015
Skilled Volunteer Interview: Social Media Specialist
This is a 4 minute interview with a volunteer who served as a Social Media Specialist for the California State Library. Her volunteer Position… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersMillennials Skilled Volunteers, Millennials, social media, virtual 2015
Working with Volunteers who have Full Time Jobs
This 5 minute video explores working with volunteers who have full time jobs with Cathy from the Sacramento Public Library, and one of her working… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training 2015
Homework Tutor Training - Huntington Beach
Powerpoint used by Huntington Beach Public Library to train their volunteer Homework Help Tutors.
Job Specific Volunteer Training tutor mentor homework help 2014
Millenials Want to Make a Serious Impact
This blog post from Catchafire.org describes the Millenial generation -- the 80 million born between 1980 and 2000 -- and their interest in… more
Millennials Millenials 2014
Tutorial - The Get Involved Widget
Posting the widget on your library's home page will provide a service to your patrons and increase the number of "hits" on your posted… more
Volunteer RecruitmentOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Recruitment 2014
Millennials Want To Make a Serious Impact and You Can Help
Insights into how to engage the Millennial Generation as volunteers and donors, and how you might be turning them off.
Volunteer RecruitmentMillennials Millennials, Recruitment 2014
VolunteerMatch Recruitment Tool - Volunteer Recommendations
Did you know that VolunteerMatch has a cool new feature that recommends volunteer opportunities to the thousands of potential volunteers with… more
Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatchVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Recruitment, VolunteerMatch, Volunteer Recommendations 2014
In Lieu of Money, Toyota Donates Efficiency to New York Charity
This New York Times article provides an excellent example of a company providing their skilled volunteers to address the needs of a volunteer… more
Engaging High Impact Volunteers skilled, Skilled Volunteers 2013
ESL Conversation Circles - Training Overview
This Prezi slide presentation was developed to help train volunteer ESL Conversation group facilitators. (I found it easier to view on FIrefox than… more
Job Specific Volunteer Training ESL conversation circle, ESL 2013
How Talent (Not Money) WIll Transform Your Organization
The world is full of educated, experienced, talented people who care about community. They are passionate about causes. And they are willing – even… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Skilled Volunteers 2013
Nonprofit Volunteers: Minimizing the Risk
Minimizing legal exposure is important because volunteers’ acts are generally imputed to the nonprofit organization. Specific, written volunteer… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Risk Management 2013