Professional Gatherings

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VANNW Professional Gatherings are a great opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and skills with your volunteer management peers – no membership required.  VAN Professional Gatherings are typically offered once a month at various locations.  If you are interested in hosting a Professional Gathering or have an idea for a presentation/topic please contact ProfessionalGatherings@VANNW.org

July 2015 Professional Gathering:

July 30 @ United Way of King County

We will be discussing the professionalization of Volunteer Management. Our professional gatherings are brown-bag lunches, so bring yours and continue the peer learning journey.

Date: July 30

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: United Way of King County, 720 Second Avenue Seattle, WA 98104

RSVP: Alice Fong, Volunteer Initiatives Manager, United Way of King County, afong@uwkc.org, phone: (206) 461-5022.

August 2015 Professional Gathering:

Aug. 27 @ Jewish Family Service

Most days, we love volunteers from corporate groups. Then we scratch our heads in wonder after a call from someone asking if we can host their group of 100 next week for their corporate Day of Service.  At our August professional gathering, let’s compare notes on how we engage corporate volunteers and what challenges and benefits they bring. Lindsey Ismailova of Full Life Care will facilitate.

Date: August 27

Time: 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Location: Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

RSVP: Jane Deer-Hileman, jdeer@jfsseattle.org, or call (206) 861-3155

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

Jane Deer-Hileman, Director of Volunteer Services, Jewish Family Service

VAN Spotlight: Jane Deer-Hileman, Jewish Family Service

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail  Describe the mission, programs, and services of your organization: Jewish Family Service is a multi service agency, and we have been serving the community in Seattle since 1892. We serve Refugees and Immigrants, provide services for seniors, adults with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, people dealing with addictions, and we have a counseling department, […]

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Engaging Corporate Volunteers

Engaging Corporate Volunteers

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail Most days, we love volunteers from corporate groups. Then we scratch our heads in wonder after a call from someone asking if we can host their group of 100 next week for their corporate Day of Service.  At our August professional gathering, let’s compare notes on how we engage corporate volunteers and what […]

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Professionalizing Volunteer Management

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail We had a great Professional Gathering in July discussing professionalizing Volunteer Management and what that means.  We each shared our career route to volunteer management. (Why don’t Universities offer a major in Volunteer Management?) We also discussed how the department we inhabit impacts our role and focus. It is very different to be […]

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Mini VAN meets in Shoreline

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail Hello Mini VAN Members, I hope you all had a wonderful summer! Just a friendly reminder that the North King County Mini VAN meeting will be Thursday, September 10th, from 10:00-11:30 at the City Of Shoreline (17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133) in Room 303. Parking Details: Parking is available in the […]

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Soak in Summer Sharing at Upcoming Professional Gatherings

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailHappy mid-summer! What a great time to RSVP for next Thursday’s professional gathering on Professionalizing Volunteer Management and to mark your calendar for Aug. 27’s professional gathering on engaging corporate volunteers. Read on for details on both. Professionalizing Volunteer Management RSVP today for our July 30 discussion on gaining more legitmacy for volunteer engagers. […]

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It’s Legit: Professionalizing Volunteer Management

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailStay engaged with  the peers you met at last week’s VAN conference by RSVPing today for the July Professional Gathering.,We’ll pick up where our keynoter Betty Stallings and others at the conference left off in discussing the professionalization of Volunteer Management. Our professional gatherings are brown-bag lunches, so bring yours and continue the peer […]

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Lisa Yeager, Volunteer Talent Manager, Pacific Science Center

VAN Spotlight: Lisa Yeager, Pacific Science Center

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, programs, and services of your organization: Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math, and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.     How does your organization engage volunteers? The Science Center engages volunteers in every department, […]

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Episodic Volunteers and How Volunteering is Like Dating

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailSummer is coming and with it change! Often volunteers want to help out for only one day. We can use them to help with staffing our booth at the local summer festival or at a one-time event. But how do you handle these episodic volunteers? Do they fill  out an application, get references and […]

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Ingrid Hartstock, Volunteer Resource Coordinator at Seattle Goodwill

VAN Spotlight: Ingrid Hartsock, Seattle Goodwill

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, programs, and services of Goodwill: Our mission is to provide quality, effective employment training and basic education to individuals with significant barriers to economic opportunity. We currently operate 10 Job Training Centers, 25 retail stores and 38 donation sites in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Kitsap counties. Goodwill employs 1,800+ people between […]

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Two opportunities for Professional Growth this Thursday!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailAppreciating volunteers is the secret sauce of volunteer management. Find out how your peers do a great job of recognition, and share your own tips and tricks at the April Professional Gathering. Ingrid Hartsock of Goodwill is hosting us this Thursday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Dearborn Place South office […]

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