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What's New for May 2024 Recently Added Materials

Volunteer Orientation Packet – Sherwood OR

 

Volunteer Code of Conduct - Multnomah County Library OR

 

What Tax Free Benefits Can Nonprofits Give Volunteers? 

 

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Inclusion

 

Neither//Nor: Stories of Life Beyond Binary Gender

 

Makerspace Volunteer Training Examples

 

Newly revised 2024 Volunteer Handbook from the Multnomah County Library, Oregon

 

Volunteer Appreciation Plan – Indianapolis Public Library

 

Hot Topic for April 2024 New to Volunteer Engagement? – Links to Get You Started

Volunteer Engagement 101

 

New Volunteer Manager’s ToolKit

 

Tools for Volunteer Engagement Success

 

Time Management for Volunteer Engagement Coordinators: Putting Volunteers to Work to Help YOU 

 

Bibliography on Volunteer Engagement

And be sure to watch the short video to your left on how to use this Clearinghouse to find sample policies, job descriptions and training materials!

Hot Topic for March 2024 Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment Strategies

How to Build a Truly Inclusive Volunteer Program

 

Recruiting Local Volunteers to Increase Diversity Among the Ranks

 

Talking Racial Equity? Make Sure You Understand These 17 Words

 

Planning for Including People with Intellectual Disabilities in Volunteer Programs

 

Equity Diversity Inclusion & Antiracism Toolkit – Oregon Library Association

 

White Supremacy in Volunteerism - Perfectionism

 

Changing the Frame: Civic Engagement Through a Racial Equity Lens

What's New for February 2024 Recently Added Materials

An Introduction to Ethics for the Volunteer Engagement Profession

 

Introduction to Virtual Volunteering

 

Recruiting Local Volunteers to Increase Diversity Among the Ranks

 

Planning for Including People with Intellectual Disabilities in Volunteer Programs

 

Disability Etiquette: Tips on Interacting with People with Disabilities

 

Memorandum of Understanding Template

What's New for January 2024 Recently Added Materials

5 Myths About Volunteer Engagement

 

Gamifying Volunteer Training

 

Newly Revised Volunteer Handbook – Charlotte Mecklenberg Library, Charlotte NC

 

Newly Revised Volunteer Handbook from the Dayton Ohio Library

 

The Role of the Volunteer Coordinator

 

Up Your Game with Skills-based Volunteering

 

Talking racial equity? Make sure you understand these 17 words

Hot Topic for December 2023 Homebound Delivery Service Volunteer Resources

Visiting Library Service Client Intake Form – Barrie Public Library

 

Library Express FAQ – Indianapolis IN

 

Home Delivery Driver Volunteer Job DescriptionIndianapolis IN

 

Homebound Delivery Volunteer Safety Requirements Sign-Off Sheet – Boulder CO

 

Homebound Delivery Recruitment Brochure – Orange CA

 

What's New for November 2023 Recently Added Materials

Volunteer Matching: Finding the Right Role for Every Volunteer

 

Group Volunteer Interviews

 

The Four Appreciation Languages

 

Volunteers and the Law: Legal Considerations

 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Antiracism Toolkit – Oregon Library Association

What's New for October 2023 Recently Added Materials

5 Nonprofit KPIs Your Volunteer Program Should be Tracking

 

How to Recruit and Retain Gen Z Volunteers

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – The role of self-awareness in equity work

 

How to Write a Strong Reference Letter for a Strong Volunteer

 

Diagnosing the Causes of Volunteer Recruitment Problems

Hot Topic for September 2023 Volunteer Coordinator Job Descriptions

A Letter to Nonprofits that Want to Hire a Volunteer Manager

Sample Library Volunteer Coordinator Job Descriptions:

       Indianapolis

       Sacramento

       Pikes Peak

       City of Orange

       Palos Verdes Library District

       Elgin IL

       Generic Sample

For Those Who Also Have Volunteer Coordinators in Your Branches

       Columbus OH

       San Jose CA

       Indianapolis IN

Hot Topic for August 2023 Interviewing Volunteers

Volunteer Interview Questions for Better Matching

 

Volunteer interview questions

 

14 volunteer interview questions

 

Sample Interview Questions for Volunteers

 

Teen Volunteer Interview Questions

 

Volunteer Reference Check questions

 

Group Volunteer Interviews

 

Volunteer Exit Interview Survey

What's New for July 2023 Recently added resources

Staff Volunteer Appreciation survey

 

Dynamic Words & Catchy Titles for Volunteer Position Descriptions

 

Best Practices for Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers from Zoomers to Boomers

 

When and Where to Use Volunteer Replacement Rates (Or Not) for Volunteer Value

 

Six Ways to Restructure Existing Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteer Impact Blogs & Resources

 

Literacy Tutor & Learner Responsibilities

Hot Topic for June 2023 Get Involved 2022/23 Webinar Recordings

Oct 20, 2022 - California Library Volunteer Leaders Live Open Online Discussion -- "Best New Volunteer Roles in Libraries"

 

Dec 6, 2022 - Volunteer Engagement 101 -- Learning Objectives included: What Motivates Volunteers, Utilizing Skilled Volunteers, and Designing Volunteer Job Descriptions and Recruitment Plans.  NOTE: Passcode required to view the video: Rr2sqKs+

 

Dec 8, 2022 - Volunteer Engagement Tools for Success which includes a tour of best practices on VolunteerMatch --   NOTE: Passcode required to view the video: 2%czJpc+

 

Apr 20, 2023 -- California Library Volunteer Leaders Live Open Online Discussion -- It’s Spring! Let’s Renew/Reinvigorate/Revamp Volunteer Engagement

Hot Topic for May 2023 Volunteer Management Software Comparisons

Looking for Volunteer Management Software?  Here are links to recent comparisons:

What's New for April 2023 Recently added resources

Do you work with library volunteer coordinators/ liaisons in your branches or other departments? If yes, here are a couple examples of guidelines created by other library volunteer engagement coordinators in that position: (Note: If you’ve got one to share, please e-mail to me at clehn@califa.org)

       Deschutes Public Library, Oregon

       Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City

       Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio

 

Building Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement -- January 18, 2023 Webinar recording

 

Developing and Managing Volunteer Programs

 

Two one hour December webinars presented for AmeriCorps members attached to California Library Literacy Services are now available for viewing by all:

Volunteer Engagement 101 -- Learning Objectives included: What Motivates Volunteers, Utilizing Skilled Volunteers, and Designing Volunteer Job Descriptions and Recruitment Plans. NOTE: Passcode required to view the video: Rr2sqKs+

Volunteer Engagement Tools for Success which includes a tour of best practices on VolunteerMatch is archived separately here: NOTE: Passcode required to view the video:  2%czJp

 

 

Hot Topic for March 2023 Volunteer Recognition

Rethinking Volunteer Recognition

 

Volunteer Appreciation Guide

 

Volunteer Recognition: Just Say No to Years of Service Awards

 

Volunteer Recognition Ideas

 

Using the Internet to Recognize Online Volunteers

 

Staff Volunteer Appreciation Survey

 

Ways to Appreciate Volunteers Without Centering Them as the Hero

Hot Topic for February 2023 Friends of the Library

Resources for Friends of Libraries

 

Connecting with Today’s Volunteers to Transform the Friends of the Library (1 hour archived webinar)

 

Mesa (AZ) Public Library's amazing online booksale operation (about $100,000/year) is volunteer driven and supervised by the library's volunteer coordinator. We appreciate Mesa sharing a 10- minute video about the project, as well as the volunteer job description and a number of invaluable, well-researched training pieces that can be used to prepare volunteers to take on these roles.

 

Beyond Younger Volunteers: White Paper on What Rural Friends Groups Need to Thrive

 

How to Recruit New Members for Your Association on Social Media

 

Book Store Fundraiser – “Secret Santa” – Indianapolis IN

What's New for January 2023 Recently added resources

Tips for Communications and outreach that honor diversity, equity, and inclusion

 

7 Tips for Managing Volunteers

 

Tips to Attract & Retain Skilled Volunteers that Grow Your Nonprofit

 

How to Align Your Mission with Millennials and Civic Engagement

 

The Virtual Volunteer Life Cycle: A Complete Guide

What's New for December 2022 Recently added resources

Changing the Frame: Civic Engagement Through A Racial Equity Lens

 

First Day Volunteer Orientation Checklist

 

Reading Buddies Volunteer Job Description – Columbus OH

 

Developing a Successful Intern Program

 

Teen Volunteer Summer Reading Program Orientation Agenda

 

QuickStart Guide for New Volunteers

 

Rethinking Retention: Understanding Strategic Volunteer Relationships

Hot Topic for November 2022 Trustees Resources

California Public Library Trustees Toolkit

Resources for Library Trustees by State

Nonprofit Board Member Codes of Conduct and Ethics

Statement of Ethics for Library Trustees - Cedar Rapids IA

Board of Trustees Policy Manual - Cedar Rapids IA

Taking Action on Board Diversity: Five Questions to Get You Started

If Your Board Looked Like Your Community

Working with Legislators: An Advocacy Briefing Guide for Board Members

3 Tips for Finding New Board Members

Five Survey Templates to Measure Volunteer and Board Satisfaction

What's New for October 2022 Recently added resources

Teen Team Volunteer Program Assistant Job Description

 

Volunteer Orientation and Training: The Ultimate Guide

 

Volunteer Appreciation: Not just a week, but a culture

 

Home Delivery Driver Agreement

 

15 Most Popular Strategic Planning Templates

 

Insights & Impact 2020: Measuring the Social Impact of Volunteerism