Training Materials

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

Titlesort ascending Year
Young Generation No Slouches at Volunteering
Tired of hearing people grouse about a tuned-out, apathetic younger generation? Well, here's a comeback: Today's young Americans are more serious about giving back than their parents were. In fact, those under age 30 now are more likely to say citizens have a "very important obligation" to volunteer, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
Keywords: Millenials
2014
Why the Widget?
Brief FAQ about why you want to post the "Get Involved" widget on your library's website for maximum volunteer recruitment opportunities.
2011
Where do I go from here? Engaging Volunteers in New Ways
This one hour archived webinar from 12/1/8/13 was presented by Jennifer Bennett from VolunteerMatch. It focuses on: How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged?
2013
What Leaders of Volunteers Can Do to Gain Executive Attention
A list of steps to take when trying to engage senior management in understanding the importance of the volunteer program by Susan J. Ellis of Energize, Inc.
2011
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.
2015
VolunteerMatch Recruitment Tool - Volunteer Recommendations
Did you know that VolunteerMatch has a cool new feature that recommends volunteer opportunities to the thousands of potential volunteers with accounts on their website? The system sends these folks information about opportunities that might interest them (just like Amazon makes recommendations to you . . .
2014
VolunteerMatch Re-Posting Tutorial
This three minute video walks you through the process of "re-posting" your VolunteerMatch opportunities. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT step you can take to get your opportunities noticed on VolunteerMatch. Why? Because VolunteerMatch searches are displayed with the most recently posted opportunities at the top! Keep your listings from being lost on page 7 or 8 of your potential volunteers' search results -- the closer to the top they are, the easier they will be to find! And it takes only seconds to do!
2014
VolunteerMatch Learning Center
This is the link to VolunteerMatch's online learning center. Check here for free webinars and other learning resources.
2012
VolunteerMatch "Tour" - with Carla Lehn
This is a recording of an online meeting "Tour" provided for two new California library participants on December 17, 2015. You can both hear Carla talking and see what she's doing on her desktop as she gives you a tour of how VolunteerMatch works, and provides some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your VolunteerMatch account. It's about 40 minutes long.
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2014
Volunteer Training Resources - Idealist
Links to materials on orienting and training volunteers.
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2014

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