VAN has two unique, powerful training opportunities for you! In place of our May and June professional gatherings, you’ll have the chance to interact with the top influencers in volunteer engagement at WAVES (Washington Advanced Volunteer Engagement Summit) on May 20 and at the VAN Conference on June 27. Both are sponsored by VAN, and registration is open for both now. Both opportunities will provide us the chance to dig deeper into the Washington Serves Plan for increasing the numbers, value and impact of volunteers in Washington State. Who doesn’t want that for their program!
WAVES (Washington Advanced Volunteer Engagement Summit) is for experienced volunteer managers to meet with experts in volunteer engagement: Rob Jackson, Rick Lynch, and Nikki Russell in a day long summit to discuss “Thriving on Engagement: Adapting to Rapidly Changing Volunteer Landscape”. It will be held on Tuesday, May 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. The cost is $45 and includes continental breakfast and a light lunch. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from the best minds in the field and network with your peers. (Limited scholarships available, contact Lisa Yeager at firstname.lastname@example.org )
The VAN Conference is for new and experienced volunteer managers. Our keynote speaker is Erica Mills who will speak on “The Language of Impact: How Words Can Make the World a Better Place”. You’ll also get to choose from nine workshops and defined times for networking. Our theme is “Inspire. Engage. Sustain. Nurturing a Thriving Volunteer Ecosystem.” The conference this year is at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S, Tukwila, WA 98168 on Friday, June 27th from 8:00 – 4:00. The cost is $75 early bird by May 23 or $80 after May 23. Registration includes VAN membership, breakfast, snacks and buffet lunch. Our sponsors are United Way of King County and United Way of Snohomish County. There are scholarships available to cover half of the cost. Those organizations in South King County and Snohomish County have some preference for scholarships but all are eligible.
We hope you will make it a priority to attend both of these wonderful training opportunities. Together we will increase volunteer involvement and impact in Washington State!