Training Materials

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

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Young Generation No Slouches at Volunteering
Tired of hearing people grouse about a tuned-out, apathetic younger generation? Well, here's a comeback: Today's young Americans are more serious about giving back than their parents were. In fact, those under age 30 now are more likely to say citizens have a "very important obligation" to volunteer, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
Keywords: Millenials
2014
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 volunteers, Natasha. Another approach to working with volunteers with full time jobs is to consider "virtual volunteer" opportunities. You can watch a 4 minute interview about that here: https://www.getinvolvedca.org/resource/training-materials/virtual-volunteer-4-minute-interview
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2015
Why the Widget?
Brief FAQ about why you want to post the "Get Involved" widget on your library's website for maximum volunteer recruitment opportunities.
2011
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.
2015
Why Company Sponsored Volunteer Programs are Keeping Millennials Happy at Work
What motivates millennials to stay in a job is having an impact on corporate social responsibility.
2016
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
What Leaders of Volunteers Can Do to Gain Executive Attention
A list of steps to take when trying to engage senior management in understanding the importance of the volunteer program by Susan J. Ellis of Energize, Inc.
2011
Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in Your Volunteer Engagement Program
“Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program” is a 50 minute archived webinar by Jennifer Bennett at VolunteerMatch. You will learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to "think bigger." Discussion topics include: evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.
2015
Volunteers: More Work? or More Work Force? - Idaho Commission for Libraries
This is a 30 minute archived webinar, presented May 15, 2017 by Sheila Winther, Volunteer Coordinator for the Idaho Commission for Libraries. This is a great introduction or reminder of key roles of the volunteer coordinator.
2017
Volunteers with Disabilities: ASCLA Tip Sheet
Young people and adults with disabilities may be interested in volunteering at your library. The community as a whole benefits when the library team welcomes volunteers with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities have many of the same motivations as volunteers without disabilities: wanting to give back, build a resume, meet a community-service requirement for graduation or an organization, or just fill the hours in a day. However, be aware that people with disabilities do not necessarily have the same opportunities to volunteer because of intentional or unintentional community barriers.

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