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

March 2015 Professional Gathering:

March 26 @ Bellevue City Hall

Explore the qualities and characteristics of an ideal volunteer, and where we should – and shouldn’t – be willing to compromise. We’ll share clues caught or missed during screening, what we might have done differently, and what we can do to refine our ability to detect the havoc wreakers before they do any damage to our programs.

Date: Thursday, March 26

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

Location: Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA  98004

RSVP: Marjorie Trachtman, MTrachtman@bellevuewa.gov, or call (425)452-6017

 

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

Professional Gathering is on THURSDAY!

Professional Gathering is on THURSDAY!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail Oops – we goofed in our last Professional Gathering reminder. The next gathering in Bellevue is actually on THURSDAY, March 26! Time and location are the same: Date: Thursday, March 26 Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA  98004 RSVP: Marjorie Trachtman, MTrachtman@bellevuewa.gov, or call (425)452-6017 Sorry […]

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See You Thursday at the Professional Gathering

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailIt’s not too late to RSVP for next Thursday’s Professional Gathering on ideal volunteers, less than ideal volunteers, and how we can refine our ability to detect potential havoc wreakers before they do any damage to our programs. Date: Thursday, March 26 Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA […]

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Marjorie Trachtman, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Bellevue Police Department

VAN Spotlight: Marjorie Trachtman, Bellevue Police Department

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, services and programs of BPD: The Bellevue Police Department’s mission is “to provide a safe place to live, work and visit through quality law enforcement. We are committed to serving the public with respect, accountability and integrity.” How does BPD engage volunteers? Our volunteer program, Citizens and Police in Partnership, engages citizens in […]

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RSVP Now for the March 26 Professional Gathering

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailGet out of the office March 26 and come to Bellevue to share experiences, best practices and the good, bad, and ugly of matching volunteers with our organization’s needs at this month’s Professional Gathering. We’ll explore the qualities and characteristics of an ideal volunteer, how close to our ideal candidate we realistically can get, […]

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Discerning the Devils and Angels Among Us

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailWhat Makes a Great Volunteer? Alternatively, how do we screen out those who can wreak havoc on our programs before the trouble starts? The March professional gathering will explore these questions as we share experiences, best practices and the good, bad, and ugly of matching volunteers with our organization’s needs. We’ll explore the qualities […]

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Professional Gathering: Creating Volunteer & Intern Roles

Professional Gathering: Creating Volunteer & Intern Roles

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailWhat is the difference between a volunteer, intern, and staff member?   Does your institution have guidelines for what kinds of responsibilities are appropriate for interns and volunteers, and what are not? How do you create a cohesive team feeling between paid staff in a department and their volunteers and interns? Let’s learn from each […]

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Volunteer Policies and Procedures – Oh my!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail Hello Mini VAN Members, I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful winter weather we are having *KNOCK ON WOOD*. Just a friendly reminder, our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 19th, from 10:00-11:30 at Friends of Youth in Kirkland (13116 NE 132nd Street, Kirkland, WA 98034). Parking Details: There is parking […]

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Save Feb. 26 for our Next Professional Gathering

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailJoin your volunteer management colleagues for networking and discussion at the VAN NW February Professional Gathering. Topic will be announced next week. For now, save the date. Date: Thursday, Feb. 26 Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Museum of History & Industry 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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Onboarding Volunteers- Mitigating Risk

Onboarding Volunteers- Mitigating Risk

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailwritten by Bridget Guerrero On January 28th, retired FBI agent and current Director of Security for Edmonds Community College, Dan Guerrero, and his wife, Bridget, Fund Developer / Volunteer Services for Catholic Community Services, delivered a presentation to over 40 VAN members on security considerations related to the process of onboarding potential volunteers.  Both […]

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Mini VAN's Executive Buy-in workshop!

Mini VAN’s Executive Buy-in workshop!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the North King County Mini-VAN’s first meeting of the year on January 8th! A special thanks to Patrick Tefft, from City of Kirkland, who led our discussion on “Executive Buy-In”. And also, to Sheri Ashleman, who hosted at Shoreline City Council Hall and provided us with snacks […]

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