Training Materials

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

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Re-Energize Your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission Drive Opportunities
This one hour archived webinar from August 9, 2017 by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch discusses creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You'll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. What You'll Learn:  * The impact that language and clear impacts can have on volunteer recruitment and engagement * How to create opportunities with your mission and impact in mind
Reimagining Service in California- Karen Baker
Karen Brown, Secretary of Service and Volunteering in California, discusses trends in skilled volunteering at the Get Involved: Powered By Your Library institute in 2010.
Tags: Video, trends
Rural Volunteer Toolkit
This toolkit was researched and written VISTA volunteers serving in Appalachian Coal Country, and in rural Colorado. They have included some of their research, examples of engaging in partnerships for volunteer engagement, as well as templates, checklists and worksheets to help you get started.
Skilled Volunteer Interview: Public Relations Strategist
Watch this 6 minute interview with Dan, a highly skilled Public Relations volunteer who came aboard to create a statewide PR campaign for California's library literacy service. You can find his volunteer job description here:
Skilled Volunteer Interview: Social Media Specialist
This is a 4 minute interview with a volunteer who served as a Social Media Specialist for the California State Library. Her volunteer Position Description can be found here:
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.
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement
What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to promote your library’s volunteer program and recruit volunteers? This one hour archived webinar offers an introduction to social media and some of the most popular sites, along with how other libraries are using social networks to increase their impact.
Staff Training Syllabus - San Jose
Learning objectives used to train staff at San Jose Public Library on working with high impact volunteers in four 2-hour sessions. See also, a document referred to in the training: "Volunteer Agreement Checklist."
Keywords: Staff Training
Staff/Volunteer Relations
This brief article from the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector provides clear ideas to enhance volunteer/staff relations by identifying and addressing concerns, and promote positive relationships.
Storytime Training Guide - Roseville Public Library
Training Guide created by Children's Library staff at Roseville Public Library to train Storytime Conductor volunteers. See also: Storytime Conductor position description and Storytime Conductor Volunteer Agreement.