Training Materials

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

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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 yearning – to contribute strategy, expertise and skills to your organization. They are looking for meaningful, time-specific projects. They crave opportunities to act as project managers, legal advisors, financial strategists, online marketing gurus, business coaches, HR consultants (the list is endless). Sadly, nonprofit organizations are not yet stepping up to offer the opportunities these talented people desire.
2013
How to Design Volunteer Training that Helps (Not Hurts) Learning
A brief article that provides principles of learning theory in usable form to the design of volunteer training.
2013
How to Turn Away Volunteers and Still Have an OK Day
In this August, 2017 article, Elisa Kosarin shares her basics for making this difficult experience manageable.
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2017
Importance of Meaningful Written Volunteer Job Descriptions
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (14 minutes)
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2015
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 organization.
2013
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 coordinators on how to work with various groups – people with hearing impairments, people with visual impairments, people with physical disabilities, people with mental health difficulties, older people, migrants, long-term unemployed people, ex-prisoners and people affected by homelessness.
2015
Interviewing Volunteers- Jill Friedman Fixler
As part of a day-long training, Jill Friedman Fixler provides guidelines and tips to effectively interview prospective volunteers. Search for additional training videos from the day on this site.
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2009
Library Directors discuss Union Issues and Staff Buy-In
Early in the Get Involved initiative we determined that the two biggest potential internal barriers to moving toward engagement of skilled volunteers in your library would be union issues and staff resistance. This 30 minute video is an interview with two library directors about how they handled each of those issues.
2009
Library Tour Guide Manual - Paso Robles
Guidelines and instructions for volunteers leading tours, primarily of school children, through the library.
2007
Library Volunteer Program Improvement Model
VolunteerMatch worked with the California State Library to develop this self-assessment tool for library volunteer engagement programs. Once you complete the survey, the tool e-mails a report of the results. It also recommends resources to help in areas identified as needing improvement.
2015

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