More than 35 people attended the Volunteer Managers’ Roundtable, hosted by the Flintridge Center (www.flintridge.org), last Friday, which was a great turn out! Here are a couple of follow up resources for volunteer managers:
• The next DOVIA-LA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies: http://www.doviala.org) meeting will be Friday, July 20, 9:30 am at the Braille Institute on Vermont in Hollywood.
- There are lots of great training videos at VolunteerMatch:http://www.volunteermatch.org/nonprofits/learningcenter/.
Some of the topics that were raised were:
– Good placement systems (right volunteer for each job / task) and scheduling
– Training and orientation systems (especially about teen volunteers, especially as many of us are being inundated with calls for students to do volunteer work over the summer)
– Liability / clearance issues
– Marketing volunteer opportunities, for both done-in-a-day / episodic opportunities and for ongoing volunteer opportunities; online recruitment vs. traditional methods like civic clubs
– Creating a culture of volunteerism: getting staff buy-in for volunteerism; “service enterprise” training will be offered in the next year
– Generational changes in volunteerism
– Strategic planning and determining outcomes for volunteer programs
– Retention and recognition
We will hopefully schedule more meetings to talk more about these topics in the fall. If anyone is interested in working with me to organize a follow-up meeting, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-319-6466.