Training Materials

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

NOTE: These are examples from public libraries and should be reviewed and modified to ensure fit with local policies and culture.

Title Keyword Tags Year
Volunteers are the Reputational Assets Your Organization is Overlooking
A great reminder in a brief article by Erin Rebecca Spink.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training 2017
ESL Conversation Circles Toolkit
This wiki from settlementatwork.org could be useful for staff designing and implementing ESL Conversation Circles, and also for training ESL… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingStaff Training 2017
How Changing Our Volunteer Interview Approach Increased our Retention Rate by 30%
Elisa Kosarin of Twenty Hats describes Behavior-based interviewing, and how its implementation in her situation helped to increased the quality of… more
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingInterviewing Volunteers interview, screening, retention 2017
A Different Kind of Volunteer Work: More companies are encouraging empoloyees to donate their professional expertise
This brief September, 2017 Wall Street Journal article speaks to societal factors leading to the increase in corporate pro bono programs.
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers 2017
How to Turn Away Volunteers and Still Have an OK Day
In this August, 2017 article, Elisa Kosarin shares her basics for making this difficult experience manageable.
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingInterviewing VolunteersStaff Training 2017
The Volunteer Interview: Making the offer . . . or not
This July, 2016 article from Verified Volunteers covers strategies for assessing candidates, how to handle when it's not a good fit, and… more
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingInterviewing Volunteers 2017
Why Company Sponsored Volunteer Programs are Keeping Millennials Happy at Work
What motivates millennials to stay in a job is having an impact on corporate social responsibility.
Volunteer RecruitmentMillennials Millennials, high-impact volunteers, Recruitment 2016
2016 Arizona Volunteering Report
Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation's 2016 Summary Report of their survey and focus group… more
Capacity BuildingMillennials Arizona 2016
Checklist to Minimize the Most Common Volunteer Risks
A good basic list of issues to consider and how to approach them.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Risk Management 2016
Target Market Success Story: Teen Volunteer
This 5 minute success story is an interview with a library teen volunteer coordinator and one of her awesome teen volunteers talking about what makes… more
Millennials Teen 2015
Target Market Success Story: Volunteers with Full Time Jobs
Ever wonder how and why someone with a full time job would be willing and able to volunteer at the library? Here's a 5 minute video clip of one… more
Engaging High Impact Volunteers 2015
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… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersMillennials Skilled Volunteers, Millennials, social media, virtual 2015
Virtual Volunteer - 4 minute interview
This 4 minute interview is with a volunteer who couldn't come to the library to volunteer, but still wanted to help with her high level social… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training virtual volunteer 2015
Inclusive Volunteering: Recommendations for Volunteer Coordinators on how to Develop a More Inclusive Volunteer Programme
This booklet consists of two parts. Part I covers general aspects of inclusive volunteering and Part II includes recommendations for volunteer… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training disabilities 2015
Working with Volunteers who have Full Time Jobs
This 5 minute video explores working with volunteers who have full time jobs with Cathy from the Sacramento Public Library, and one of her working… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training 2015
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… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging Staff and Unions public sector 2015
Help for the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
This is a 3 minute interview with volunteer Kellie, who can on board as our volunteer Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at the California State Library… more
Leadership / ManagerialStaff Training 2015
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… more
Volunteer RecruitmentCapacity BuildingMillennialsOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources VolunteerMatch, Volunteer Recruitment, LinkedIn 2015
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… more
Graphic Design, Marketing and PublicityCapacity BuildingStaff Training 2015
Library Volunteer Program Improvement Model
VolunteerMatch worked with the California State Library to develop this self-assessment tool for library volunteer engagement programs. Once you… more
Capacity BuildingVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Assess, evaluation, program evaluation, planning 2015