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

 

Next Professional Gathering 

Our next professional gathering will be at the Westside Baby Corner,  Thursday, May 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bring your own sack lunch and enjoy a lively discussion. You can rsvp to Shana Allen (shana@westsidebaby.org)

See you there!

Where: Westside Baby Corner

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017  11:30am-1:00pm.

Cost: Free! Feel free to bring your lunch!

Parking:

RSVP and Questions to Shana Allen (shana@westsidebaby.org)

 

Our June Professional Gathering sees us joining with Points of Light at the Conference June 19 – 21.  http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

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

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailJoin 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 culturally competent and aware of race based privilege. This workshop will utilize the Peacemaking […]

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Registration Open for “Understanding Race based Privilege”

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailJoin 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 culturally competent and aware of race based privilege. This workshop will utilize the Peacemaking […]

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Training staff to work with volunteers!

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Dive Deep on Service Learning in Higher Ed

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International Volunteer Management Guru in Seattle!

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October 27 Gathering To Focus on Service Learning

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Looking through the Racial Equity Lens

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Tracking Volunteer Data: A Look at Volgistics

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Volunteer Trends to Watch!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail 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 and neuroleadership Those are words you don’t hear often!  But basically it’s about […]

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