Professional Gatherings

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

April 2014 Professional Gathering – Skills-Based Volunteers

Whether you use the words “volunteer” or “pro bono,” there are many people out there who can donate professional skills to your organization. How do you effectively engage these people? Lisa Yeager of Encompass has had great luck finding skilled volunteers and fitting them into her organization. She will tell us how.

When: Wednesday, April 30; 12:30am-2:00pm **Note Time Change!**

Where: Komen Puget Sound

112 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA

Entrance is on the back side of the building. Access the entrance via the alley that runs behind the building.

BE SURE TO RSVP to Jennifer Teeler at jennifer@pskomen.org to receive location and parking details!

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

Got Skills?

Got Skills?

Volunteer 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 the […]

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

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 the next […]

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Engaging volunteers

Nanci Wehr led a great professional gathering on Thursday, Feb. 27th at LINKS.  The main topic was how to keep volunteers engaged so our conversation ranged from your best and worst volunteer experience to recognition ideas that work.  Someone mentioned celebrating volunteer’s birthdays which created a discussion on data bases and how to track birthdays.  Nanci finished with a nice […]

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What Does the Law Say?

What Does the Law Say?

SalFalko / Foter / CC BY-NC Insurance? Liability? What is legal? Where is the line? Got questions? Bring them to the March Professional Gathering to get answers. Carol Ryan and Sarah Bigley will be hosting this month’s meeting and they’ve asked a legal expert to join us. We’ve moved the gathering day back to Wednesday […]

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A LINKS Volunteer hard at work!

VAN Spotlight: Nanci Wehr, LINKS – Lake Washington School District

  Describe the mission, programs and services of your organization: LINKS mission is: “To engage community volunteers to ensure students in Lake Washington School District have the resources they need to achieve academic and personal success now and in the future.” LINKS programs include*: Academic Mentors, Lunch Buddies, Tutors and Classroom Helpers How does your […]

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Learn About Strategic Job Design!

There is still time to register for An Advanced Volunteer Resource Management Workshop: Strategic Job Design: Developing Volunteer Roles for Impact March 4, 2014 cost: $45 Training facilitator: Nikki Russell, CVA Description: How do you design volunteer positions for impact? What does it mean to be “strategic”? How do you know if your current positions […]

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Love, Commitment and...Volunteers?

Love, Commitment and…Volunteers?

Brandon Christopher Warren / Foter / CC BY-NC Commitment is a scary thing in love and life! How do you find the right volunteers for you and, once you find them, how do you keep them? This month’s meeting will be hosted by Nanci Wehr, the LINKS Program Coordinator. She’s going to facilitate a talk […]

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Conversations about Seasonal Trends for Volunteers

A fun group met at Youth Care to discuss seasonal trends and patterns for volunteer involvement at VAN’s last Professional Gathering. If you missed it, don’t despair.  Here are some notes from our conversation!  Randi also had a handout “Seasons of Service” (which you can find by clicking on the handout name). We divided into three […]

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Randi McKenna, Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator, YouthCare

VAN Spotlight: Randi McKenna, YouthCare

  Describe the mission, programs, and services of your organization:  YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. For nearly 40 years, YouthCare has been a leader in providing effective services to Seattle’s homeless youth. In 1974, a […]

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Don’t Forget! The January Professional Gathering is Tomorrow!

Start the new year talking about “Trends – When volunteering is hot (and not) & how to handle the heat!” Join us on Wednesday, January 29, for our next Professional Gathering. Randi McKenna of YouthCare will facilitate a discussion about seasonal patterns in volunteering and how to strike when the iron’s hot as well as […]

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