Training staff to work with volunteers!

conversationHow do you train your staff to work with volunteers? Many new employees entering a non-profit have never worked with a volunteer in the workplace before, so how do you communicate their value as a volunteer, potential donor, and advocate for the organization to your staff? In our January Professional Gathering, Alex Ropes will talk about how the staff of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County receive their training on how to engage volunteers within their organization to keep them coming back!

Where: Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, 2608 Center St, Tacoma WA 98409.

When: Thursday, January 26th, 11:30am-1:00pm.

What: Brief presentation on how the HSTPC trains our staff to work with volunteers, round table discussion  on how other organizations train their staff, plus Q&A of this topic, and any other burning questions you may wise to pose to the group. This is our time to network and come together as colleagues in the field of volunteer management.

Cost: Free! Feel free to bring your lunch!

Parking: Please park in our parking lot. If the lot is full, there is additional parking around the building, please note that some sections are marked for back-in parking only, for the safety of our dog walkers.

Lunch: Please bring a sack lunch as there are no options within walking distance, though there is a Marlene’s Market & Deli very close by, and just minutes off of I-5. No dietary restrictions in the building, so bring whatever you would like to enjoy. Coffee, water, and a light snack will be provided.

Meeting space: We will be meeting in board rooms B & C. There may be a meeting going on in board room A, which will be adjacent to us. When you enter the building take an immediate left to go up the stairs, there is also an elevator available just beyond the stairs. At the top of the landing go straight down the hallway, the board rooms we are using will be to the right at the end of the hall.

RSVP and Questions to Alex Ropes at or call (253) 284-5809


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About Lisa Yeager

Lisa Yeager has more than 15 years experience in Volunteer Management. She has lead volunteers at the Bellevue Art Museum, WACAP, Hopelink, Encompass, Autism Speaks (Walk Now for Autism), and the Sno-valley Senior Center. She has won the DuFort Award for Volunteer Management, and Program Manager of the Year in 2000. She is currently Treasurer and conference chair for VAN.
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