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

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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Engaging volunteers

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailNanci 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 […]

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What Does the Law Say?

What Does the Law Say?

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail 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 […]

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A LINKS Volunteer hard at work!

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

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail  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 […]

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Learn About Strategic Job Design!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailThere 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 […]

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Love, Commitment and...Volunteers?

Love, Commitment and…Volunteers?

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail 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 […]

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