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 2015 Professional Gathering:

July 30 @ United Way of King County

We will be discussing the professionalization of Volunteer Management. Our professional gatherings are brown-bag lunches, so bring yours and continue the peer learning journey.

Date: July 30

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

Location: United Way of King County, 720 Second Avenue Seattle, WA 98104

RSVP: Alice Fong, Volunteer Initiatives Manager, United Way of King County, afong@uwkc.org, phone: (206) 461-5022.

August 2015 Professional Gathering:

Aug. 27 @ Jewish Family Service

Most days, we love volunteers from corporate groups. Then we scratch our heads in wonder after a call from someone asking if we can host their group of 100 next week for their corporate Day of Service.  At our August professional gathering, let’s compare notes on how we engage corporate volunteers and what challenges and benefits they bring. Lindsey Ismailova of Full Life Care will facilitate.

Date: August 27

Time: 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Location: Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

RSVP: Jane Deer-Hileman, jdeer@jfsseattle.org, or call (206) 861-3155

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

Soak in Summer Sharing at Upcoming Professional Gatherings

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailHappy mid-summer! What a great time to RSVP for next Thursday’s professional gathering on Professionalizing Volunteer Management and to mark your calendar for Aug. 27’s professional gathering on engaging corporate volunteers. Read on for details on both. Professionalizing Volunteer Management RSVP today for our July 30 discussion on gaining more legitmacy for volunteer engagers. […]

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It’s Legit: Professionalizing Volunteer Management

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailStay engaged with  the peers you met at last week’s VAN conference by RSVPing today for the July Professional Gathering.,We’ll pick up where our keynoter Betty Stallings and others at the conference left off in discussing the professionalization of Volunteer Management. Our professional gatherings are brown-bag lunches, so bring yours and continue the peer […]

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Lisa Yeager, Volunteer Talent Manager, Pacific Science Center

VAN Spotlight: Lisa Yeager, Pacific Science Center

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, programs, and services of your organization: Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math, and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.     How does your organization engage volunteers? The Science Center engages volunteers in every department, […]

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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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