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 Professional Gathering:

Volunteer Record Keeping

Join us for the next VAN Professional Gathering where we will discuss record-keeping systems for volunteer managers.  No sales pitches; just a peer-to-peer learning.

Date: Wednesday, July 30

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

RSVP: kimberly.jacobsen@mohai.org — You MUST RSVP for this session, as it will take place in a space not open to the general public!

Location: MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle (in Lake Union park)

Folks can park at the nearby AGC building for $4 all day with validated parking, or on the nearby streets if you can find street parking.  Directions to parking and transit can be found here: http://www.mohai.org/visit-us#parking

 

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

VAN Spotlight: Alice Fong, United Way of King County

VAN Spotlight: Alice Fong, United Way of King County

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, programs and services of your organization: United Way of King County brings caring people together to give, volunteer and take action to help people in need and solve our community’s toughest challenges.  In almost every neighborhood in King County, you’ll find examples of causes and organizations that United Way of King […]

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Tough Conversations

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailUnited Way of King County will be hosting VAN’s next professional gathering.  Join your colleagues to discuss tough conversations with volunteers and the difficulty of letting go of volunteers. Disagreements are a part of life and sometimes even with the best intentions, you need to dust off those conflict mediation/resolution skills!  Other times you may […]

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What to look for in a Volunteer Database

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailWe had a great discussion at the last VAN Professional gathering about databases. We broke into small groups to discuss what information to track, what reports we need, and what databases we are currently using and what we like and don’t like about our current database. You can find a spreadsheet comparing databases here put together […]

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Tough Conversations!

Tough Conversations!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail United Way of King County will be hosting VAN’s next professional gathering.  Join your colleagues to discuss tough conversations with volunteers and the difficulty of letting go of volunteers. Disagreements are a part of life and sometimes even with the best intentions, you need to dust off those conflict mediation/resolution skills!  Other times […]

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Don’t Forget! The VAN Professional Gathering is Next Wednesday!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailKimberly Jacobsen and Lisa Yeager will facilitate the next VAN Professional Gathering where we will discuss record-keeping systems for volunteer managers.  No sales pitches; just peer-to-peer learning. You will leave with a handout of various database options and their costs and hopefully answers to some of your pressing questions.  Date: Wednesday, July 30 Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm RSVP: kimberly.jacobsen@mohai.org […]

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How do you data?

How do you data?

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailYou want to track your volunteers, their hours, and jobs but how? What record-keeping system are you using? What are your peers using? What is available?  What should you be tracking? How can you use your records to more effectively measure the impact of volunteer engagement on your mission? Come and explore this topic with us. Join us […]

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Skills Based Volunteers: Are you ready?

Skills Based Volunteers: Are you ready?

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailWe had a great professional gathering on Wednesday, April 30. It was a good excuse to get out of the office and go for a walk or drive in the beautiful afternoon sunshine! There were 17 people there – the perfect amount to ensure a lively conversation with the opportunity for everyone who wants […]

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Don’t Forget!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailAt our VAN Professional Gathering next week, we’ll be talking about engaging skills-based volunteers. I hope you can join us! When: Wednesday, April 30; 12:30-2:00pm **Note Time Change** Where: Susan G. Komen Puget Sound 112 5th Ave N Seattle, WA The entrance to the Komen office is located on the alley behind the building. BE SURE […]

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Got Skills?

Got Skills?

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailVolunteer Management has expanded into much more than just finding a few warm bodies to help with a mailing. We are now expected to find people who are willing to volunteer their considerable talents (anything from photography to web design to legal advice) to tackle specific projects in our organizations on one hand. On […]

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What Does the Law Say? Join the Conversation at the VAN Professional Gathering, Wednesday, March 26th

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail SalFalko / Foter / CC BY-NC by Carol Ryan What hours and how many hours can a volunteer under age 18 work? Are youth legally required to receive parent permission to volunteer? Is ADA accommodation required for volunteers with disabilities?  Get guidance on these and burning legal questions facing your volunteer program at […]

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