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
You Can't Fire Me, I'm a Volunteer!
This quick read from Blue Avocado focuses on addressing volunteer dissatisfaction points to the right way to handle disgruntled volunteers.
Staff Training Fire, disgruntled 2018
Writing Accurate & Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions - Slides
These slides were used in the March 25, 2020 one hour Get Involved initiative webinar: "Writing Accurate & Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers job descriptions, Position Descriptions 2020
Writing Accurate & Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
This one hour Get Involved webinar was presented on March 25, 2020 by Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager of Education and Training with… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersCapacity Building Position Descriptions, job descriptions 2020
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
Why Should We Pay Attention to Volunteer Trends?
If we could see the coming volunteering trends, we could prepare for them, right? Thirty years ago, were there signs that volunteers wanted more… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers trends, corporate 2018
Why Don't People Volunteer?
This brief article from PTO today discusses the importance of not only knowing why people volunteer, but why they don't.
Volunteer RecruitmentEngaging High Impact Volunteers Volunteer Recruitment, Motivation 2015
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
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
This one hour archived webinar was presented by Jennifer Bennett from VolunteerMatch on October 24, 2018. It focuses on: How long do volunteers… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training 2018
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… more
Engaging Staff and Unions staff buy-in, Staff Resistance 2011
Want to Write a Volunteer Program Annual Report? Here's How to Start
VolunteerMatch blog guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats.
Your volunteers tell a compelling story. It’s time to… more
Capacity Building 2019
Walking the Walk: Engage Library Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program
This 1-hour webinar by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch (recorded on August 29, 2019) focuses attention on how to engage volunteers in the work of… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersCapacity Building Skilled Volunteers 2019
Volunteers: More Work? or More Work Force? - Idaho Commission for Libraries
This is a 30 minute archived webinar, presented May 15, 2017 by Sheila Winther, Volunteer Coordinator for the Idaho Commission for Libraries. This is… more
Staff Guides for Working with VolunteersCapacity BuildingStaff Training volunteer coordinator 2017
Volunteers with Disabilities: ASCLA Tip Sheet
Young people and adults with disabilities may be interested in volunteering at your library. The community as a whole benefits when the library team… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training disabilities 1970
Volunteers are the Reputational Assets Your Organization is Overlooking
A great reminder in a brief article by Erin Rebecca Spink.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training 2017
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… more
Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatchVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Recruitment, VolunteerMatch, Volunteer Recommendations 2014
VolunteerMatch Re-Posting Tutorial
Reposting is THE MOST IMPORTANT step you can take to get your opportunities noticed on VolunteerMatch. Why? Because VolunteerMatch searches are… more
VolunteerMatch Tools and Resources VolunteerMatch 2018
VolunteerMatch Learning Center
This is the link to VolunteerMatch's online learning center. Check here for free webinars and other learning resources.
VolunteerMatchVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Recruitment, online recruitment 2012
VolunteerMatch "Tour"
This is a recording of an online meeting "Tour" provided for library participants on November 20, 2019. You can both hear Carla talking and see what… more
VolunteerMatch Tools and Resources VolunteerMatch
Volunteer Sustainability vs. Retention -- Carla Lehn
I often get asked – how do we retain volunteers – meaning how to we keep them longer. Here’s the news about baby boomers and the generations that… more
Baby BoomersStaff Training Confidentiality Forms, Recruitment 2012
Volunteer Satisfaction Surveys: 10 Ways to Get it Right
Gathering candid opinions from your volunteers will help you gain insights around what you need to improve. Despite our best efforts, however,… more
Staff Training 2012