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
Volunteer Background Checks: Giving Back without Giving Up on Privacy
How do nonprofit organizations screen volunteers? There are several options. The choices depend largely on the volunteer job involved and the… more
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingCapacity BuildingStaff Training background checks, screening 2018
Getting the Highest Visibility on VolunteerMatch – How to RePost Your Listing
Keeping your volunteer opportunity near the top of the list in your zipcode is critical to keep it visible to potential volunteers. One of the… more
VolunteerMatch Tools and Resources RePost 2018
VolunteerMatch "Tour" with Carla Lehn
This is a recording of an online meeting "Tour" provided for library participants on May 10, 2018. You can both hear Carla talking and see what she's… more
On-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources 2018
Three Things We Know About Engaging Millennials in Your Cause
A quick read on what Millennials are interested in to help you in your recruitment efforts.
Millennials Millennials 2018
GenerationOn Projects, Ideas and Resources
Looking for possible library volunteer projects for kids, teens and/or families? Check out GenerationOn's projects and resources to get some… more
Millennials Teens, family volunteering 2018
Success with Skills-Based Volunteers
A quick read guest post on VolunteerMatch's blog by Carla Lehn summarizing key elements of getting skilled volunteers engaged with your… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers Skills Based Volunteers; 2018
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
Can We Reject a Volunteer?
What do you do when someone applies to volunteer and you realize they will not work out? How can we justify rejecting anyone who steps forward and… more
Interviewing VolunteersStaff Training Fire, reject, complaints 2018
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
Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) has developed a set of 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training diverse, inclusive, immigrant 2018
New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit
Get Involved Webinar Archived June 27, 2018
New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This one hour webinar, presented by… more
Capacity BuildingInterviewing VolunteersStaff Training 2018
Successfully Managing Library Volunteer Program Changes
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training change management 2018
Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement
One hour archived recording of a WebJunction webinar: Library volunteerism is evolving. Gone are the days of looking for tasks to keep your… more
Engaging High Impact VolunteersEngaging Staff and UnionsOn-line Volunteer Recruitment 2018
Rethinking Volunteer Recognition
This 2018 archived Webinar from Verified Volunteers presents research shows that there is a disconnect between what volunteers are seeking in terms… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers recognition 2018
Demographic Trends Shaping America and Service
Beth Steinhorn of VQ Strategies takes 2018 Pew Research results and extrapolates them for volunteer engagement professionals by addressing the… more
Capacity BuildingMillennials 2018
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