Register Today for the Washington Advanced Volunteer Engagement Summit (WAVES)

Strategies and Resources for Engaging the 21st Century Volunteer!

Join Volunteer Management Experts Rick Lynch, Rob Jackson and Nikki Russell to explore the volunteer ecosystem and how it fits within the world ecosystem on May 20th in Bellevue.

So what is an ecosystem? An ecosystem is defined as “interrelated parts working together toward a common purpose, which collectively are greater than the sum of their parts”.  Locally, the Volunteer Ecosystem Framework was introduced in the Washington State Serves Plan. The plan articulated a vision for “an effective volunteer ecosystem that facilitates the use of volunteers to address significant community needs”.

The Washington Advanced Volunteer Engagement Summit (WAVES) is a chance to go deeper into volunteer management issues, something many experienced Volunteer Resource Managers often don’t have the opportunity to do at trainings. (It’s not for those new to volunteer management and won’t cover basics.)  We will look at changes in the volunteer sector and how or if nonprofits have changed to meet these new realities. We’ll explore the local and regional volunteer landscape, the players, intersections, and what we can do better together.

You will walk away with:

  • A fresh perspective on key issues affecting volunteerism
  • An understanding of some of the changes needed to adapt to these issues
  • A clear, prioritized action plan to support implementing change
  • The chance to focus on ‘advanced’ topics with peers
  • Leave feeling challenged, enthused and inspired to face the future

Join us Tuesday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

The price is only $45 and includes a continental breakfast and light lunch. You can register at . Contact Nikki Russell or Lisa Yeager at about a scholarship if needed. We want everyone to be able to participate!

Also, be sure to continue the conversation at the VAN Conference on Friday, June 27 at the Tukwila Community Center. More information at

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About Nikki Russell, CVA

Nikki Russell currently works as the Volunteer Initiatives Manager for United Way of King County, managing and delivering the volunteer resource management training series. In this capacity, Nikki has developed workshops and trainings for local and regional conferences as well as tailored trainings in volunteer resource management to meet the needs of local nonprofit organizations. Nikki is the lead trainer and consultant for the Volunteer Impact Partnership, a United Way of King County volunteer management capacity building program implemented locally to nonprofit organizations. Nikki serves as the Chair of Steering Committee of the Volunteer Administrator’s Network (VAN) Northwest and is currently serving on the Board of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) and the Board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Her non-profit background includes 17 years of experience in program planning and volunteer program management. She holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Boston University.
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