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


Jan. 28@ St. James Immigrant Assistance

Join your peers for Finding the Right Fit: Matching Volunteers and Agency Needs, a discussion of screening for fit and referring when the fit isn’t there. Our professional gatherings are brown-bag lunches, so bring yours and continue the peer learning journey.

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: St. James Immigrant Assistance, 803 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
RSVP: Cecilia Erin Walsh, MSW, Client Services Coordinator for St. James Immigrant Assistance,, phone – 206-382-4511.

Feb. 25@EMP Museum

Share how you showcase volunteer impact and your effective approaches to advocating for your volunteer program’s value. Please bring examples of how you report impact to share with others at this brownbag lunch discussion.

Time: 11:30am-1pm
Location: EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109
RSVP: Chelsea Rodriguez, CVA, Volunteer Program Manager, EMP Museum,, 206.262.3477.

March 31, 2016@Phinney Neighborhood Association

Topic: Check back in the New Year for this topic.

Time: Noon-1:30pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA), Seattle
RSVP: LeAnne Chow, Volunteer Coordinator, PNA,, 206.783.2244.

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

Save Dates for 2016 Professional Gatherings

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailGrowth 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 Right Fit: Matching Volunteers and Agency Needs, a discussion of screening for fit and […]

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Creating a Volunteer Newsletter: Tips and Tricks

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailWe 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 newsletters? Join us in exploring these questions and bring your best practices to share. […]

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Starting Off Right: Lessons in Recruiting, Onboarding

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailBy 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 attended the gathering at Goodwill Seattle. Volunteer managers discussed their successes in recruiting, orientation, […]

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Celebrate International Volunteer Management Day!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailThursday, 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. You’ll get to know your peers better and enjoy lunch on us! VAN t-shirts […]

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RSVP, Save Dates for Upcoming Volunteer Professional Events

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailRSVP today to attend the Sept. 24 Professional Gathering on Volunteer Recruiting and Onboarding, and save the dates of Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 for upcoming VAN events. At the September Professional Gathering, we will share with each other our successful—and troubleshoot challenging—volunteer recruiting and onboarding processes, from applications, screening, and orientation, to making new volunteers […]

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Starting Off Right: Best Practices for Volunteer Recruiting and Onboarding

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail Onboarding volunteers is an art and a science. We want to recruit volunteers well-suited to our organization and volunteers want their expectations met. How do we ensure onboarding is done right so we retain skilled and capable volunteers? We will share successful—and troubleshoot challenging—processes, from applications, screening, and orientation, to making new volunteers […]

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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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