Training Materials

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

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Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) has developed a set of 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at your organization. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders who are seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.
2018
New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit
Get Involved Webinar Archived June 27, 2018 New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This one hour webinar, presented by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch just for libraries, walks you through the three primary Rs - recruitment, retention and recognition. We'll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, risk management, and more.
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2018
Getting Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (26.5 minutes)
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2018
Successfully Managing Library Volunteer Program Changes
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way.
2018
Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement
One hour archived recording of a WebJunction webinar: Library volunteerism is evolving. Gone are the days of looking for tasks to keep your volunteers busy. Libraries are now enlisting high impact volunteers who are bringing unique skills and expertise to enhance the library’s mission.
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2018
Demographic Trends Shaping America and Service
Beth Steinhorn of VQ Strategies takes 2018 Pew Research results and extrapolates them for volunteer engagement professionals by addressing the following questions: If these trends are shaping our society, how will they affect service and volunteering? How have they already been influencing your organization’s engagement experience and strategy? The trends highlighted by the Pew Research Center fell into three categories: Generations, Families and Household, and Multicultural Society.
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2018
VolunteerMatch Re-Posting Tutorial
Reposting is THE MOST IMPORTANT step you can take to get your opportunities noticed on VolunteerMatch. Why? Because VolunteerMatch searches are displayed with the most recently posted opportunities at the top! Keep your listings from being lost on page 7 or 8 of your potential volunteers' search results -- the closer to the top they are, the easier they will be to find! And it takes only seconds to do!
2018
Gaining Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
This chart created by Carla Lehn identifies the common reasons that staff are resistant to the idea of engaging volunteers in their work, and suggests some strategies to overcome them.
2018
Building Capacity: Strategic Volunteer Engagement
In this Points of Light blog post, the point is made that organizations that build a culture of volunteerism, and purposefully embed volunteerism into their strategy, experience stronger retention rates, increased volunteer engagement and higher return on volunteer investment.
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2018
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
This one hour archived webinar was presented by Jennifer Bennett from VolunteerMatch on October 24, 2018. It focuses on: How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged?
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2018

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