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Registration Open for Winter Volunteer Management Training Series
Registration Open for Winter Volunteer Management Training Series

From the County of Loudoun:

Volunteer Loudoun will again present a Volunteer Management Training Series (VMTS), designed for volunteer managers of community organizations.  The six-course series will be held Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 and March 2 & 9 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services, 215 Depot Court, SE, 1st floor, Leesburg, VA. 

The series, developed by the Points of Light Institute and recently updated, is a high-quality, comprehensive set of courses in volunteer management.  Emphasis will be placed on learning the steps to successful volunteer program development; developing volunteer recruitment and supervision skills; and planning ways to improve existing volunteer programs.

Topics include:

  • Understanding VolunteeringExploring the Heart of the Volunteer Sector - volunteer trends in the U.S.; characteristics of effective volunteer programs; and volunteer motivation models.

  • Planning Your Volunteer Program:  Building a Solid Foundation – conducting basic needs assessments; creating volunteer position descriptions; and developing a purpose statement, policies and budget.

  • Recruiting & Placing Volunteers:  Matching Volunteer Skills with Service Needs – developing volunteer recruitment strategies and messages; accessing under-utilized volunteers; and interviewing volunteers for optimal placement.

  • Orienting & Training Volunteers:  Achieving Service Excellence – identifying training needs; building a training session; and effective training delivery.

  • Supervising Volunteers:  Maximizing the Volunteer Experience – defining and communicating expectations; supervising and recognizing people with different motivations; and developing a recognition plan.

  • Evaluating Your Volunteer Program:  Improving Results Through Data and Feedback – deciding what to evaluate; assessing volunteer satisfaction, management and outcomes; and using evaluation information.

"Often, volunteer managers believe that taking the series will refresh their skills, but by the end of the course they have developed a road map and the tools necessary to implement a new volunteer program or to improve their program’s current structure by maintaining a superior program,” says Debra Bressler, VMTS trainer.

The cost for the series is $200 for the 1st participant and $140 for the 2nd participant from the same organization.  To register, visit www.loudoun.gov/vmts or call 703-737-8424 for an application.  The deadline to apply is January 28, 2011.  Checks should be made payable to Volunteer Loudoun and must be received prior to the first session to guarantee registration.