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

 

What’s the difference between a volunteer and an employee?

It’s a puzzle. We want our volunteers to feel valued, and to be accountable. But volunteers are not employees. What’s the difference between supervising a volunteer and an employee? What do you need to be aware of legally so a volunteer can’t sue for wages? How can you train staff on expectations and restrictions of working with volunteers?  Lisa Yeager will lead a peer to peer discussion at her organization the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation.  Lisa will have some handouts but won’t have all the answers!  This is a peer to peer discussion so we can all learn from each other.

Where: Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens, Carnation, WA 98014

When: Wednesday, February 22, 11:30am-1:00pm.

Cost: Free! Feel free to bring your lunch!

Parking: Please park in our parking lot or on the street. We are located 1/2 block from the main road, Hwy 203 behind city hall.  Parking is on the corner of Commercial and Stephens.

RSVP and Questions to Lisa Yeager lisay53@yahoo.com  or call 425-333-4152, ext. 1

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

What’s the difference between volunteers & employees?

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailIt’s a puzzle. We want our volunteers to feel valued, and to be accountable. But volunteers are not employees. What’s the difference between supervising a volunteer and an employee? What do you need to be aware of legally so a volunteer can’t sue for wages? How can you train staff on expectations and restrictions […]

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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!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailHow do you train your staff to work with volunteers? Many new employees entering a non-profit have never worked with a volunteer in the workplace before, so how do you communicate their value as a volunteer, potential donor, and advocate for the organization to your staff? In our January Professional Gathering, Alex Ropes will talk […]

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Dive Deep on Service Learning in Higher Ed

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailExplore service learning, what differentiates service learning from other types of college student engagement (practicum, internships, etc.), and how together we can advance racial equity at our October professional gathering. Community engagement staff from local colleges and universities will lead this discussion: from Seattle Central College, Patti Gorman; Seattle University, Elizabeth O’Brien and Bonnie Nelson; University […]

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International Volunteer Management Guru in Seattle!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailWhen VAN heard that Andy Fryar was going to be in Seattle, we jumped at the chance to have him come lead a half day workshop at our annual celebration of Volunteer Managers.  If you are not familiar with Andy,  you are in for a treat! He is a very entertaining and provocative speaker.  You […]

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October 27 Gathering To Focus on Service Learning

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailJoin your peers in a discussion about Service Learning in Higher Education on Thursday, Oct. 27. More details to come. This is our monthly professional gathering, always a great way to connect and feel supported in our work engaging volunteers. Save the date and we’ll see you there! Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 Time: […]

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Looking through the Racial Equity Lens

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailJoin your peers in discussing volunteerism through the lens of racial equity. United Way Volunteer Initiatives Manager Alice Fong and her colleague, Alice Park, will lead the discussion, looking at racial equity to understand the background and key disparities in the work United Way does. We live in a very diverse county where understanding […]

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Tracking Volunteer Data: A Look at Volgistics

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailJoin your peers in a discussion about how and what volunteer data our organizations track, with a focus on Volgistics as a volunteer database. Alex Ropes, volunteer coordinator of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, will present on Volgistics and then we’ll open up the discussion to explore other ways to track […]

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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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Now Trending: Join VANNW's Professional Gathering April 28

Now Trending: Join VANNW’s Professional Gathering April 28

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailJoin 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 trends right now in the volunteer world? What are the most popular volunteer requests […]

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