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

February 2015 Professional Gathering:

Feb. 26 @ MOHAI

Join your volunteer management colleagues for networking and discussion at the VAN NW February Professional Gathering.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

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

Location:  Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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

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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Bridget Guerreo, Fund Developer, Catholic Community Services' Youth Tutoring Program

VAN Spotlight: Bridget Guerrero, Youth Tutoring Program

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, services and programs of YTP: The Youth Tutoring Program is an after-school educational enrichment program for vulnerable first through twelfth grade students who live in low and mixed-income housing communities in Seattle.  We offer tutoring at six locations around the city. Last year, we supported 463 youth- most of whom were […]

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Save Jan. 28 for the first Professional Gathering of 2015

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailOnboarding Volunteers: A Balancing Act The need for speed vs. Serve and Protect Great volunteers are there for the right reasons and behave appropriately around clients, staff and other volunteers. How do you screen for great volunteers in the most cost efficient, prudent way?  In this professional gathering, Retired Supervisory Special Agent Dan Guerrero, […]

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VAN Spotlight: Jenny Woods, Seattle Art Museum

VAN Spotlight: Jenny Woods, Seattle Art Museum

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, programs and services of your organization: Seattle Art Museum Connects Art to Life. We are one museum with three locations: SAM Downtown, Asian Art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park. Through art, the Seattle Art Museum enriches lives and engages diverse communities. How does your organization engage volunteers? We have about 20 […]

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Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day with VAN!

Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day with VAN!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailUniversally, people recognise the contribution of volunteers – in sport, health, emergency services, faith communities and the environmental lobby …in fact volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life. However, volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum. That is why we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day […]

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