what people are saying. I cannot tell you how much help The Volunteer Center has been to us. We couldn't do it without you! A heartfelt thanks!
- Deborah Micheele Sanders, The Sapling Project


We provide the training and resources you need to harness the energy of volunteerism and make a difference in your organization and the community!

Training for nonprofits
See the Events Calendar for upcoming dates and registration information

Engaging the Business Community:
Building Sustainable Partnerships Through Employee Volunteers Workshop

If you've been wondering what it takes to build effective and sustainable partnerships with the business sector, you won't want to miss this learning opportunity! Whether you're interested in attracting groups of corporate volunteers or those with highly specialized skills, identifying funding opportunities or in-kind support, this workshop series will cover all you need to know about successfully engaging businesses through their employees' volunteer efforts.

Running a Successful Volunteer Program
How many times have you lamented "If only I could find - or keep - that dream volunteer!"? Find out exactly what you can be doing to attract and retain volunteers who will work for your organization without causing you more headaches than it's worth. In this lively, engaging workshop, we will cover the six R's of a successful volunteer program - Readiness, Recruitment, Retention, Recognition, Record-Keeping and Risk Management. You will have the chance to get direction regarding your organization's own specific volunteer issues, and you will leave with concrete tools and a plan to expand your volunteer program.

Nonprofit Board Recruitment and Retention
Still relying on your friends to fill vacant board seats for your nonprofit! Take a new approach--create a recruitment and retention strategy that will have you building your board on a regular, cyclical basis that will allow you to plan for transition. This workshop provides an overview of the board-building process, including tips and tools for targeting, recruiting, orienting and retaining the best board members

Recruiting the Volunteers You Want and Need

Successful volunteer recruitment is really about an exchange; volunteers offer their time and talents in exchange for something of value to them. In this workshop, we'll explore effective strategies for how you can better involve volunteers in your work while ensuring that their needs are met too. You'll leave with a concrete plan to recruit the volunteers you want and need in your agency.

Training for businesses

Board Service Information Session
These employee lunch and learn sessions to local businesses or for nonprofits whose boards need basic training in their governance responsibilities

Volunteer Team Leader Training
This training promotes leadership development and project management skills while empowering employees to engage colleagues in community service

To arrange for a training at your business, contact Jill Blackburn.

This site is supported by generous grants from:
Wells Fargo The Taproot Foundation
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