Training Materials

Learn more about best practices in volunteer recruitment and engagement, and how to get the results you need...

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Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi-State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement
Get Involved: Powered By Your Library began as a California statewide initiative designed to expand the visibility and contributions of skilled volunteers through public libraries. California’s success recently led to a 3 year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program.
Skills Based Service Engagement Tool
Before getting started on a skills-based volunteer project, there are things you can do to ensure that your organization is ready and that skills-based volunteers ─ experienced business professionals offering their expertise in areas like IT, finance, strategy, marketing, or design ─ are the right solution to meet your need. Successful projects require an alignment of organizational needs, a clearly defined project scope, and leadership and staff buy-in.
Millenials and Volunteering: Bridging the Generation Gap
Every day my LinkedIn feed and various business magazines are filled with articles about Millennials. Generally, the writer advises the reader on how to “manage” this group in the workplace and often seems to have a “these kids nowadays” tone. Through my work at New York Cares (with staff members and volunteers), I have also been exposed firsthand to Millennial’s great passion for community service. In its report on an Associated Press-GfK poll on December 29 the New York Times gave me data to support my optimism (which is a rare but welcome occurrence).
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Basics of Volunteer Orientation & Training
Among the things that make volunteers happy are a good orientation to your organization and basic training. Just getting the volunteer in the door isn’t enough. Just like any employee, a volunteer needs to feel welcomed, informed and trained for whatever might happen.
Computer Coach Training Materials from Ohio Online
Resources created for training of volunteer tech tutors in the Ohio Online program.
Bibliography on Volunteer Engagement
Bibliography and Web Resources on Volunteer Engagement.
Public Sector Volunteer Engagement
On January 15, 2015, Reimagining Service and America's Service Commissions (ASC) partnered on this 1 hour webinar on effective volunteer engagement in the public sector. The presenters unveiled results of Reimagining Service's research on public sector volunteer engagement and shared.practical examples from the field. More resources can be found at
Engaging Volunteers as Tech Trainers in Public Libraries
This January 2015 TechSoup webinar featured great tips from both a large library -- Denver Public -- and a small library in Vermont.
Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in Your Volunteer Engagement Program
“Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program” is a 50 minute archived webinar by Jennifer Bennett at VolunteerMatch. You will learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to "think bigger." Discussion topics include: evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.
Brave New World of Engaging Skilled Volunteers
Have you thought about how volunteers with specific skills could help ? This 50 minute webinar by VolunteerMatch and LinkedIn For Good to learn why skilled volunteerism is important, and how to use VolunteerMatch and LinkedIn's partnership to make your volunteer opportunities available and visible to potential volunteers on both sites.