Author Archives: Carol Ryan

Dive Deep on Service Learning in Higher Ed

Explore service learning, what differentiates service learning from other types of college student engagement (practicum, internships, etc.), and how together we can advance racial equity at our October professional gathering. Community engagement staff from local colleges and universities will lead this … Continue reading

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October 27 Gathering To Focus on Service Learning

Join your peers in a discussion about Service Learning in Higher Education on Thursday, Oct. 27. More details to come. This is our monthly professional gathering, always a great way to connect and feel supported in our work engaging volunteers. … Continue reading

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Looking through the Racial Equity Lens

Join your peers in discussing volunteerism through the lens of racial equity. United Way Volunteer Initiatives Manager Alice Fong and her colleague, Alice Park, will lead the discussion, looking at racial equity to understand the background and key disparities in … Continue reading

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Tracking Volunteer Data: A Look at Volgistics

Join your peers in a discussion about how and what volunteer data our organizations track, with a focus on Volgistics as a volunteer database. Alex Ropes, volunteer coordinator of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, will present on … Continue reading

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Creating Volunteer Handbooks

Documenting your volunteer policies and procedures is super important, but how do you get it done on top of everything else? Jen Power and Heather Stock will facilitate our May Professional Gathering conversation with tips on starting, finishing or updating … Continue reading

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Now Trending: Join VANNW’s Professional Gathering April 28

Join your peers in continuing the conversation we started in March about the latest volunteer trends and requests coming in so we can stay adaptive to how volunteer engagement is evolving. Questions that may be covered: What are the current … Continue reading

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RSVP to Share Recruiting Tips at March Professional Gathering

RSVP today for the March Professional Gathering March 31, where we will share best practices for attracting the best volunteers ever–and saving our organizations from those who are not the best fit.  Our professional gatherings are brown-bag lunches, so bring … Continue reading

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RSVP for Showcasing Volunteer Impact 2/25

If you haven’t already, RSVP now for next Thursday’s VAN Northwest Professional Gathering on showcasing volunteer impact. You and your volunteer management colleagues will share how we present volunteer impact and effective approaches to advocating for our programs’ value. You’ll leave … Continue reading

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RSVP for ‘Finding the Right Fit’ Jan. 28

Happy New Year from VAN Northwest! As you hit your stride with 2016 projects, initiatives, and goals, include VAN Professional Gatherings in your schedule, including our upcoming session on Thursday, Jan. 28, “Finding the Right Fit: Matching Volunteers and Agency … Continue reading

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Finding Keepers & Avoiding Duds in Volunteer Recruitment

What’s working for you in volunteer recruiting? How do you change your strategy for various volunteer positions? What methods of recruitment have you learned to avoid? Share your best practices for attracting your best volunteers ever–and saving your organization from … Continue reading

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