Spring Training: Revitalize Your Mission with These 8 Free Webinars

Leaders of volunteers, are you looking for professional development opportunities? With an increase in people wanting to volunteer, many volunteer managers are understandably busier than ever. If there were ever a good reason to brush up on volunteer recruitment and engagement strategies, this is it.

This spring, our Senior Manager of Education and Learning, Jennifer Bennett, CVA, will share best practices from across the industry. She’ll shed insight into the unique challenges volunteer managers face, and suggest proven ways to overcome these challenges.

Learn more by checking out the eight free webinars below and register to receive a reminder one day before the webinar (tip: begin with a learning component first — Introductory Approaches or Advanced Practices).

 

INTRODUCTORY APPROACHES

Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities

Why you’ll want to attend: Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session, we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization.

Learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

Tuesday, April 25
2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT
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Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes

Why you’ll want to attend: 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. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Thursday, April 6
2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT
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Walking the Walk: Engaging Volunteers in Your Volunteer Engagement Program

Why you’ll want to attend: Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communications plan, and screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your recruitment, retention, and recognition efforts.

Tuesday, March 7
2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT
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ADVANCED PRACTICES

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

Why you’ll want to attend: Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary.

In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

Thursday, March 9
2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT
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Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

Why you’ll want to attend: Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in three or five years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations.

This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

Tuesday, April 4
2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT
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Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

Why you’ll want to attend: VolunteerMatch shares your skilled opportunity listings with LinkedIn’s 300+ million potential volunteers. Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this webinar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

Thursday, April 20
2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT
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Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Why you’ll want to attend: What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Thursday, March 16
2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT
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Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement

Why you’ll want to attend: We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff — both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers — leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk.

This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
2-3 p.m. ET/11-12 p.m. PT
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