Inspire. Engage. Sustain.
Nurturing a Thriving Volunteer Ecosystem
Friday, June 27, 2014
Location: Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168. About the Theme: Our conference theme was developed around the Volunteer Ecosystem Framework introduced in the Washington State Serves Plan. The plan articulated a vision for “an effective volunteer ecosystem that facilitates the use of volunteers to address significant community needs”. An ecosystem is defined as “interrelated parts working together toward a common purpose, which collectively are greater than the sum of their parts”. This ecosystem framework is a useful framework to apply to our work within our organizations as well as in the larger community. Conference participants explored how to build infrastructures within our organizations that support volunteer engagement and how our volunteer engagement efforts are a part of a broader community infrastructure that supports volunteerism in our communities and in Washington State. Thank you to our sponsors: United Way of King County and United Way of Snohomish County for making the conference affordable and for providing scholarships!
Keynote Speaker: Erica Mills
The Language of Impact: how words can make the world a better place You have 7 seconds to get someone’s attention. And then you have to keep their attention. You’ve got to seriously stand out from the crowd! Finding the right words will get you noticed by the right people–donors, volunteers, advocates, supporters, fans. Erica of Claxon Marketing helped us find the right words to get the right volunteers for our organization’s various needs. Here’s her PowerPoint!
Other Workshop Handouts:
Skills-based Volunteering: Opportunities and Challenges for Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations, by Lewis Mendoza
Playing Well Together: Creating a Supportive Volunteer Culture, by Marjorie Trachtman, CVA
Changing Perspective: Engaging new volunteers by changing your perspective by Amy Faulkner
Building Cultural Fluency to Support a Diverse Workforce (volunteers and staff), by Patrick Tefft, CVA and Hla Yin Yin Waing
To Be or Not To Be: Embracing Our Professional Selves! by Nikki Russell, CVA
Aligning Service with Strategy, by Nikki Russell CVA
Measuring Volunteer Impact, by Rick Lynch
Gaining Executive Director Support, by Rick Lynch