Category Archives: Professional Gatherings

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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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Finding the Right Fit! Matching Volunteers and Agency Needs

As volunteer administrators, we all want to ensure anyone who steps up to help has a meaningful chance to do so. So what do you do when a volunteer applicant’s interests and skills do not match your agency’s needs? What … 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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Save Dates for 2016 Professional Gatherings

Growth is in store for volunteer administrators in 2016 as VAN members host professional gatherings to share best practices. Check out the topics below and save the dates! Jan. 28@ St. James Immigrant Assistance Join your peers for Finding the … Continue reading

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Creating a Volunteer Newsletter: Tips and Tricks

We all communicate with our volunteers, whether by phone or e-mail or in person. When does it make sense to create a volunteer newsletter? Do volunteers read them? What systems are volunteer engagers using to track e-newsletters? What about printed … Continue reading

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Starting Off Right: Lessons in Recruiting, Onboarding

By Belina Van When we set up our volunteers for success, they become of our best advocates. That was among the insights shared at the Sept. 24 Professional Gathering on Best Practices for Volunteer Recruiting and Onboarding. About 20 people … Continue reading

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Celebrate International Volunteer Management Day!

Thursday, Nov. 5, we celebrate you! VAN NW invites members to join us at the Pacific Science Center to celebrate your freakin’ awesomeness on International Volunteer Managers Day. Pacific Science Center staff skilled in improvisation will lead games and ice breakers. … Continue reading

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