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If you haven’t had the chance to sit in on a training with Martin J Cowling, now’s your chance!  I am excited that Martin will be coming to Seattle (all the way from Australia!) to present a workshop on Recession Proofing Your Volunteer Program.

I’ve had the opportunity to participate in workshops with Martin at the National Conference on Service and Volunteerism.  He is fantastic!

If you’ve been concerned about how the economic downturn is affecting your program and are interested in learning about strategies to build a more resilient program, even when times are tough, then Martin’s training is for you.

Workshop Information:

Recession Proofing Your Volunteer Program

Date: September 29th

Time: 9:00-4:00 pm

Location: 2100 Bldg, Seattle

Cost: Only $50.00 for a full day of Advanced Training!

Description:

Are you concerned about the impact of the economic downturn on your Organizations Volunteer Program?  Please join us for a full day of training with Martin J. Cowling to learn strategies for recession proofing your volunteer program and preparing your organization for the future of volunteering.  Martin will discuss current trends in volunteer management and the important role of 21st Century volunteer managers.

Martin J Cowling, CEO of People First – Total Solutions, an international trainer and consultant working with nonprofits in Australia and internationally, brings his experience from his own volunteering in Australia and El Salvador,  and combines that with over 20  years of experience in leadership and management roles in the nonprofit sector.  Martin believes that people are the key to success or the very reason for the failure of a project.  He is passionate about ensuring successful relationships between organizations, staff and volunteers!

Detail of Training Day:

§         Welcome & Introductions

§         Session 1: Volunteer Management Trends Today

§         Morning Break

§         Session 2: Recession Proofing Your Volunteer Program

§         Session 3: People First & the Volunteer Program Assessment

§         Lunch

§         Session 4: Preparing Your Organization for the Future of Volunteering

§         Session 5: Being a 21st Century Manager

For descriptions of United Way workshops, please visit the UWKC training calendar or call 206.461.5014.  To register for this training, complete and fax in the workshop  Registration form (PDF)

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Recession Proofing Your Volunteer Program

September 29th

9:00-4:00 pm

2100 Bldg, Seattle

Are you concerned about the impact of the economic downturn on your Volunteer Program?  Please join us for a full day of training with Martin J. Cowling to learn strategies for recession proofing your volunteer program and preparing your organization for the future of volunteering.  Martin will discuss current trends in volunteer management and our role as 21st Century volunteer managers.

 

Martin J Cowling, CEO of People First – Total Solutions, an international trainer and consultant working with nonprofits in Australia and internationally, brings his experience from his own volunteering in Australia and El Salvador,  and combines that with over 20  years of experience in leadership and management roles in the nonprofit sector.  Martin believes that people are the key to success or the very reason for the failure of a project.  He is passionate about ensuring successful relationships between organizations, staff and volunteers!

 Detail of Training Day:

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Session 1: Volunteer Management Trends Today
  • Morning Break
  • Session 2: Recession Proofing Your Volunteer Program
  • Session 3: People First & the Volunteer Program Assessment
  • Lunch
  • Session 4: Preparing Your Organization for the Future of Volunteering
  • Session 5: Being a 21st Century Manager

 For cost and descriptions of United Way workshops, please visit the UWKC training calendar or call 206.461.5014.  To register for this training, complete and fax in the workshop  Registration form (PDF)

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Advanced Volunteer Management Training with Betty Stallings

Leading the Way to Effective Volunteer Partnerships:

A Workshop for Executive Leaders and Volunteer Management Staff

 

Tuesday, June 16th

9:00-4:30 pm

(9:00-10:30 special session designed for executive leadership)

 

Location: 2100 Bldg, Seattle, Washington

Workshop Registration Form

(See registration instructions below)

 

Join United Way of King County and the Volunteer Administrator’s Network (VAN) for a unique opportunity to engage in lively discussion with Betty Stallings, internationally renowned expert in the field of volunteer management and author of 12 Key Actions of Volunteer Program Champions:  CEOs Who Lead the Way and Training Busy Staff To Succeed With Volunteers: The 55 Minute Training Series.

Betty Stallings will present a highly interactive workshop focused on building the elements of an exemplary volunteer program and highlighting the leadership role required by executive staff to ensure successful volunteer partnerships and the dedication and competency needed by all staff to effectively interface with today’s volunteers.  Betty will begin the all-day training session with a special 1.5 hour session devoted to the executive leadership’s role in ensuring exemplary volunteer engagement.  Executive leaders are invited to attend this special session with their volunteer management staff.

Workshop Agenda:

9:00-10:30       Taking the LEAD: The Executive Role in Ensuring Exemplary Volunteer Engagement 

 

The full day workshop will begin with this 1.5 hour session addressing the importance of organizational commitment and the critical role of senior leadership in effective volunteer engagement.  Executive Directors/CEOs can choose to attend just the morning session with their volunteer management staff.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage in a lively discussion with Betty on the results of research findings from Nonprofit Executive Directors who are Volunteer Engagement Champions.  Presentation will focus on:

  • The 12 key ways executives can support volunteer involvement (Most take very little time!)
  • The return on investment with strong volunteer partnerships (The benefits to the organization are far greater than the resources to support excellence in volunteer engagement.)
  • The challenges of executives to support volunteer engagement, especially in times of financial downturn (Needs are greater, resources are in short supply.)
  • Resources to enhance executive support of volunteer involvement (Some tips and tools to make your support doable!)

 

10:45-3:30       Building the Elements of an Exemplary Volunteer Program:

Betty will delve into a more in-depth discussion of the 10 essential elements of exemplary volunteer engagement important for volunteer managers and executive leadership.  This section focuses on building the case for organizational commitment to volunteer management; the return on investment of strong volunteer partnerships; and strategies for diminishing barriers to effective volunteer engagement, especially in times of financial downturn, when needs are greater and resources are in short supply.

Section 1 (10:45-12:00) highlights:

  • The leadership role of the volunteer manager
  • The importance of a volunteer engagement philosophy statement
  • Integrating volunteers throughout the organization
  • Understanding trends and cutting edge volunteer engagement strategies

Lunch (noon-1:00): Lunch is included for full-day workshop participants!

Section 2 (1:00-3:30) highlights:

  • Staff partnership, competency and buy-in
  • Strategic planning and volunteer management
  • Attracting and managing diverse volunteers
  • Volunteer-friendly organizations

 

3:45-4:00         Small group consultation time: Betty will lead the group in responding to specific volunteer management issues/challenges

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Full Day Tuition: $85.00        Morning Session Only (9-10:30a): $20.00

Executive leaders may attend the1.5 hour morning session free of charge if they have volunteer management staff registered for the full day. 

To register for the workshop, please click Workshop Registration Form, complete the form and fax to Evelyn Marymee at 206-461-8495.  If you are attending the full day session, we encourage you to invite your Executive Director, Board Chair or another member of your executive leadership team to attend the morning session (complimentary) from 9:00-10:30.  Please include the name and position of the executive leader that will be attending the morning session with you.

Interested in the morning session only?  The cost for the morning session is $20 (except for executive leaders attending with their volunteer managers).  Please indicate on the workshop registration that you are registering for the morning session only.

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Effective Volunteer Program Management 101: A Training for Volunteer Management Professionals

When: May 5th & May 19th

Tuition:  $170.00

This two day series is designed to meet the special needs of volunteer program managers new to the field of volunteer management.  This is also a great ‘refresher’ course for more experience volunteer program managers. The seminar provides an overview of the essential components of successful volunteer programs, identifies resources for future development and provides great networking opportunities. Topics covered over the 2 day training:

  • Elements of Effective Volunteer Management
  • Developing effective job descriptions
  • Recruitment and marketing your program
  • Strategies for matching jobs and volunteers
  • Volunteer orientation and training
  • Supervisory skills
  • Volunteer Recognition

To view information about the trainings and to register, please follow this link: www.uwkc.org/nonprofit/training/calendar.asp

Limited partial scholarships are available for this training

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Do you have an outstanding volunteer? Someone who has made a difference? Someone deserving of a Jefferson Award? Then nominate them today! City Club is accepting nominations until April 30th. Just complete this downloadable PDF nomination form and mail or email it, with an explanatory letter, to CityClub, 1333 Fifth Avenue, Suite 24, Seattle, WA 98101-2600. Entries must be received by April 30.

The Jefferson Awards, sponsored annually by the American Institute for Public Service, honor ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others. Since 1976, when the program began here, people from all over Washington have earned Jefferson Award medallions.

You can nominate your local hero.

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Comcast Cares!

comcast20cares20logo2Here’s a great example of a company taking the initiative to moblize their employees and benefit the greater community. On April 25th Comcast, in partnership with Solid Ground, will be holding Comcast Cares Day at Magnusen Park in Seattle. 250 volunteers will work together to revitalize the transitional housing units for low income single mothers, youth, families with children, and single adults. They will be doing a variety of landscaping projects, painting interior and exterior buildings and painting murals to hang in the units among other service projects. To learn more about this event, visit the event’s Facebook page. Way to go Comcast!

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volunteers_595x148Looks like even the Mariners know how important it is to recognize volunteers. On Tuesday, April 21st (during National Volunteer Week) the Seattle Mariners will be offering discounted tickets to volunteers! Ticket prices will be substantially discounted ($8 View Reserved-normally $20 and $25 Field Level Seating-normally $40). To learn more and purchase tickets, click here!

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