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

April 2015 Professional Gathering:

April 23 @ Seattle Goodwill Office

Explore the do’s and don’ts at all levels of volunteer recognition and share creative ideas for making volunteers feel appreciated. Please come prepared to share your ideas!

Date: Thursday, April 23rd

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

Location: Seattle Goodwill Office, 700 Dearborn Place South, Seattle, WA 98144

RSVP: Ingrid Hartsock, Ingrid.hartsock@seattlegoodwill.org, (206) 860-5732

May 2015 Professional Gathering:

May 28th @ Pacific Science Center

Compare tools, practices, and experiences around how you handle one-time volunteers versus your core volunteer team, and explore how to master volunteering as a dating relationship, where you get to know each other before making a big commitment.

Date: Thursday, May 28th

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Pacific Science Center in Seattle

RSVP: Lisa Yeager, Pacific Science Center; LYeager@pacsci.org

No June Professional Gathering due to Conference

July 2015 Professional Gathering:

July 30 @ United Way of King County

Topic TBD. Stay tuned!

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

Episodic Volunteers and How Volunteering is Like Dating

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailSummer is coming and with it change! Often volunteers want to help out for only one day. We can use them to help with staffing our booth at the local summer festival or at a one-time event. But how do you handle these episodic volunteers? Do they fill  out an application, get references and […]

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Ingrid Hartstock, Volunteer Resource Coordinator at Seattle Goodwill

VAN Spotlight: Ingrid Hartsock, Seattle Goodwill

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, programs, and services of Goodwill: Our mission is to provide quality, effective employment training and basic education to individuals with significant barriers to economic opportunity. We currently operate 10 Job Training Centers, 25 retail stores and 38 donation sites in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Kitsap counties. Goodwill employs 1,800+ people between […]

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Two opportunities for Professional Growth this Thursday!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailAppreciating volunteers is the secret sauce of volunteer management. Find out how your peers do a great job of recognition, and share your own tips and tricks at the April Professional Gathering. Ingrid Hartsock of Goodwill is hosting us this Thursday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Dearborn Place South office […]

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RSVP Today for April 23 Professional Gathering

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailAppreciating volunteers is the secret sauce of volunteer management. Find out how your peers do a great job of recognition, and share your own tips and tricks at the April Professional Gathering. Ingrid Hartsock of Goodwill is hosting us at the Dearborn Place South office in Seattle, so RSVP today by contacting Ingrid at Ingrid.hartsock@seattlegoodwill.org […]

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How Do You Show You Care?

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailAfter riding the high of National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) celebrations, it’s the perfect time to chat about best practices in recognizing and stewarding our volunteers. Some of our programs may have detailed annual stewardship plans and others might be taking the first steps in volunteer recognition. We will explore the do’s and don’ts […]

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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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