Category Archives: Professional Gatherings

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Last chance to register for Workshop of Peacemaking Friday (March 24)!!!

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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What’s the difference between volunteers & employees?

It’s a puzzle. We want our volunteers to feel valued, and to be accountable. But volunteers are not employees. What’s the difference between supervising a volunteer and an employee? What do you need to be aware of legally so a … 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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Training staff to work with volunteers!

How do you train your staff to work with volunteers? Many new employees entering a non-profit have never worked with a volunteer in the workplace before, so how do you communicate their value as a volunteer, potential donor, and advocate … Continue reading

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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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International Volunteer Management Guru in Seattle!

When VAN heard that Andy Fryar was going to be in Seattle, we jumped at the chance to have him come lead a half day workshop at our annual celebration of Volunteer Managers.  If you are not familiar with Andy,  you … 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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Volunteer Trends to Watch!

Thank you to Catholic Community Services for hosting the VAN Professional Gathering!  There was a lively discussion based on a blog article about Brain Science and Volunteer Trends. You can read it here. Trend #1 – Advances in brain science … Continue reading

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