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Volunteer Manager
Learning Group

This specialized program offers in-depth training by experts in a peer learning environment.

Fridays, May 29-June 26
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Nonprofit Management Solutions
8265 Vickers Street,
Suite C, San Diego, CA 92111


The five-week Volunteer Manager Learning Group provides time and space to examine the changes in the nonprofit sector affecting volunteerism, challenges in creating an organizational culture that supports and maximizes the value of volunteers, and the skills needed to effect change. This specialized program offers in-depth training and a unique networking opportunity that supports peer learning. Participants will each identify a project to complete for their organization and receive feedback and support throughout the five weeks to ensure successful implementation. All sessions feature a high degree of participant interaction, hands-on activities, and tools and resources that can be applied immediately.

Sessions & Topics:
Session 1: Understanding the Unique Nature of Managing Volunteers

Review current economic trends and their affect on the nonprofit sector, especially in relation to volunteerism.
Learn more about the general movement of volunteerism in San Diego and the nation.
Gain a greater understanding of how engaging volunteers is different than managing paid staff.

Session 2: Effective Engagement Throughout Your Organization

Learn how to target recruitment to meet your organization's specific needs.
Identify the best techniques, including social media and other methods, to connect with your target audience.
Discover ways to market and sell your program to potential volunteers.

Session 3: Volunteer Recruitment & Screening

Identify the right structure for your organization to maximize the impact of volunteers.
Learn how to create the right positions for your organization and find the right people to fill them.
Understand how to develop healthy staff and volunteer relationships.

Session 4: Motivate, Engage and Retain Volunteers

Identify ways to balance your organization's needs and, at the same time, support the volunteers and their needs.
Learn the strategies for effectively supervising volunteers.
Develop a process to evaluate your program's effectiveness and volunteer satisfaction.

Session 5: Presentation of Projects

Who Should Attend
Volunteer Coordinators, Managers or Directors, Development and Program staff and others responsible for leading volunteers and/or volunteerism initiatives in their organizations. Duties can include planning for, recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers.

How much does it cost?
EARLY BIRD Rates- Register ON or BEFORE May 22, 2015

Sweet Deal Members, $300.00
Members, $375.00
Not-Yet Members, $450.00

Register after May 22, 2015
Sweet Deal Members, $350.00
Members, $425.00
Not-Yet Members, $500.00

SARAH ADAMS is the Director of Volunteer Recruitment for Voices for Children. She has worked on nonprofit volunteer programs for the past 13 years, spanning the gamut from small grassroots efforts to large structured programs, proving to her that there is nothing volunteers can’t do! She started out working in the environmental field, building new volunteer programs and coordinating countywide cleanup projects, which involved a network of community groups, volunteers, government agencies and nonprofits. Sarah has also worked at Volunteer San Diego and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, directing corporate and nonprofit volunteer management services, volunteer recruitment campaigns, volunteer leadership development, one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities, teambuilding volunteer projects, disaster volunteers, AmeriCorps programming, and the technology applications that support volunteerism. With a passion for sharing what she has learned along the way, she serves on the Volunteer Administrators Network Leadership Council and leads trainings on all things volunteer-related. Outside of work, Sarah is an avid volunteer for the San Diego County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and on the board of HandsOn San Diego.

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