Category Archives: Professional Development & Resources

VAN Membership and the National Conference Discount!

I’ve never been to a National or International Conference on Volunteer Management.  Then I found out the Points of Light Conference is in Seattle this year. What an opportunity!  So VAN decided to not hold it’s annual conference this year … Continue reading

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Support Volunteers with Mental Health Conditions

Katie Mahoney, MSSW, of NAMI  Seattle recently lead a discussion for the North Seattle Mini VAN. The topic was “Five Ways to Engage and Support Volunteers with Mental Health Conditions”.  Here are some excerpts from her handout – 5 Ways to … Continue reading

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National Conference on Volunteerism PLUS Professional Gathering THIS Thursday, April 20 on Recognition!

2017 Conference on Volunteering and Service June 19-21, 2017 │Seattle, Washington All VAN members are invited to be a special guest at Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service this year. VAN is pleased to offer our members a discounted rate … Continue reading

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Resources for the Difference Between Volunteers & Employees

VAN meeting – Feb. 2017 What’s the difference between an employee and a volunteer?  This was the question for our last Professional Gathering on Feb. 22, 2017. Some of what we discussed (though all can be debated some): Employees have … Continue reading

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Registration Open for “Understanding Race based Privilege”

Join the Volunteer Administrators Network (VAN), the Center for Ethical Leadership, and Seattle University for a half day workshop on how to be more inclusive in our volunteer programs and how to train our volunteers as well to be more … Continue reading

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Advancing Volunteer Management

What does it mean to be an Advanced Volunteer Leader?  That’s the question that Andy Fryar explored in depth at the VAN NW workshop on Nov. 18th at the Brockney Center at South Seattle College.  Here is some of what … Continue reading

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A special lunch for International Volunteer Managers Day!

 Volunteer Management. One Job. Many Hats. Universally, people recognize the contribution of volunteers to just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life. However, volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum.  It is important to acknowledge that … Continue reading

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Continuing our look through the Racial Equity Lens

What a wonderful professional gathering VAN had at United Way!  Thank you so much to Alice Fong and Alice Park for leading the discussion.  Their powerpoint is attached below, but the thought provoking questions and the discussion can’t be conveyed … Continue reading

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VAN NW Updates

VAN NW is very excited about the year ahead! I hope you’ll be part of all of it! The Steering/Conference Committee is holding a planning meeting before our Professional Gathering on Sept. 29th at United Way of King County from … Continue reading

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Citizen Corps Leadership Summit!

I would like to tell you about a training/networking opportunity that is open to anyone who is in any kind of leadership position in an organization that works with volunteers.  Whether it’s a Citizen Corps Council, a CERT program, Volunteer … Continue reading

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