Volunteer Management Educational Series – Summer 2019

For the fifth consecutive year, Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps is offering leaders of volunteers quality professional development opportunities at no cost. Why? Because AmeriCorps is all about strengthening communities and we know that more effective use of volunteer resources can increase nonprofit capacity.

Please check out the options offered this summer and feel free to take advantage of one or many! However, please register for the trainings in Eau Claire or La Crosse only if you can commit to attending. Space is limited and registration for these trainings will close when capacity is reached.

Take advantage of this free series to learn new techniques to effectively engage volunteers and expand your skills as a volunteer engagement professional. Open to all who work with volunteers.

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Saying Goodbye to Problem Volunteers – This webinar has aired
July 15, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to noon
Presented by Shawn Steen, Director of Volunteer Services, Literacy Network of Dane County, Madison

Problem volunteers can run the gamut from being unreliable/unprofessional to being outright toxic to your programs, and when you ignore these issues you can sabotage your programs just as much as the problem volunteer (even if you don’t realize it’s happening). In this webinar we will cover common problem behaviors, prevention, setting clear boundaries/expectations, and when it becomes necessary—letting them go!

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How a Leader Generates Engagement at Every Phase of the Volunteer Life Cycle – This webinar has aired
July 22, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to noon
Presented by Barry Altland, Author of Engaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a Volunteer, 2015

Join Barry for a leadership development session to broadly examine key ways of thinking and skills that foster a culture of engagement for volunteers. You will be challenged to rethink some of your standard practices in favor of enlightened approaches that touch others’ hearts.

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Special Event Planning
July 25, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to noon
Presented by Cheryl Lewis Hartl, Executive Director, Soup or Socks, Marshfield

Take the fear out of planning or organizing a special event for your organization. You can have fun and achieve your goal, without stress. Success starts with a plan.

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Leading With and For Compassion
July 29, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to noon
Presented by Leah Thibodeau, Volunteer Program Manager, St. Joseph Food Program, Inc., Appleton

Leading with compassion is known to improve innovation, quality, collaboration, retention, adaptability to change, and engagement. Join our discussion in which we’ll examine the building blocks of compassion competence throughout our organization, and what we can do to personally cultivate compassion in our lives.

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These in-person trainings contain three parts:

  1. Designing Volunteer Positions – your efforts here will affect ease of volunteer recruitment, volunteer satisfaction and the success of your volunteer program overall
  2. Recruiting Volunteers – identify who are the right volunteers for you then how to effectively reach them with a compelling message
  3. Supervising Volunteers – learn what it takes to be a successful volunteer supervisor, and what your organization can do to support this key process

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Recruiting and Supervising Volunteers
August 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Marshfield Medical Center – Eau Claire, 2310 Craig Road, Eau Claire 54701
Presented by Terry Straub, Extension Educator and MAVA trainer, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration; break for lunch

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Recruiting and Supervising Volunteers
August 5, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Viterbo University, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse 54601
Presented by Terry Straub, Extension Educator and MAVA trainer, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

More Information  Register for La Crosse