April can be a crazy month for volunteer managers. We’ve got National Volunteer Week, Earth Day, spring vacations for schools, teachers and many others who could be your volunteers, not to mention tax season…
We suggest taking some “Me” time out to focus just on you – and get some professional development to boot. The VolunteerMatch Learning Center is a treasure trove of free opportunities to learn new skills and gain knowledge to engage your volunteers more effectively. There are so many good ones, it’s hard to choose just a few to spotlight, so I chose six:
1. Using Your Premium Account Tools
Ever wondered what we mean by “Community Leader?” This webinar will introduce you to the tools and best practices for making the most of your VolunteerMatch account.
Wed 4/18 11am PT
2. Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.
Thurs 4/19 11am PT
3. Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in Your Volunteer Engagement Program
Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.”
Tues 4/24 11am PT
4. Single Days of Service: Make It Work
This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.
Wed 4/25 11am PT
5. Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers
If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization.
Thurs 4/26 11am PT
6. Fighting Hunger Together: Making the Most of Your VolunteerMatch Account
Through the Fighting Hunger Together initiative, hunger-related organizations get free access to VolunteerMatch’s premium tools, as well as specialized training and resources to engage volunteers. In this webinar we’ll use common volunteer opportunities from hunger relief organizations to discuss best practices for creating listings on VolunteerMatch that will appeal to the volunteers you’re looking for to run your programs.
Tues 4/17 11am PT
Register for some or all of these webinars now, and head to the Learning Center to browse through dozens more that will turn your “Me” time into “Make me an expert” time.