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
Benefits of Using Skilled Volunteers in the LIbrary
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (9 minutes)
Engaging High Impact VolunteersEngaging Staff and Unions 2015
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-… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Skills Based Volunteers 2015
Today's Volunteer: The Shift from Management to Engagement
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (9.5 minutes)
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training 2015
Importance of Meaningful Written Volunteer Job Descriptions
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (14 minutes)
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training 2015
Millenials and Volunteering: Bridging the Generation Gap
Every day my LinkedIn feed and various business magazines are filled with articles about Millennials. Generally, the writer advises the reader on how… more
Millennials Millenials, young volunteers, Recruitment 2015
Volunteer Recruitment
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (20.5 minutes)
Volunteer RecruitmentCapacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers 2015
Basics of Volunteer Orientation & Training
Among the things that make volunteers happy are a good orientation to your organization and basic training. Just getting the volunteer in the door… more
Volunteer Orientation volunteer training, Volunteer Orientation 2015
Success & Sustainability Factors
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (17.5 minutes)
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Sustainability, retention 2015
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
Millennials Want To Make a Serious Impact and You Can Help
Insights into how to engage the Millennial Generation as volunteers and donors, and how you might be turning them off.
Volunteer RecruitmentMillennials Millennials, Recruitment 2014
Tutorial - The Get Involved Widget
Posting the widget on your library's home page will provide a service to your patrons and increase the number of "hits" on your posted… more
Volunteer RecruitmentOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources Recruitment 2014
Homework Tutor Training - Huntington Beach
Powerpoint used by Huntington Beach Public Library to train their volunteer Homework Help Tutors.
Job Specific Volunteer Training tutor mentor homework help 2014
Millenials Want to Make a Serious Impact
This blog post from Catchafire.org describes the Millenial generation -- the 80 million born between 1980 and 2000 -- and their interest in… more
Millennials Millenials 2014
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
Developing Training Programs for Volunteers
The Who, What, How and Why of designing training programs for volunteers from the Community Toolbox.
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingVolunteer Orientation Training volunteer training 2013
ESL Conversation Circles - Training Overview
This Prezi slide presentation was developed to help train volunteer ESL Conversation group facilitators. (I found it easier to view on FIrefox than… more
Job Specific Volunteer Training ESL conversation circle, ESL 2013
In Lieu of Money, Toyota Donates Efficiency to New York Charity
This New York Times article provides an excellent example of a company providing their skilled volunteers to address the needs of a volunteer… more
Engaging High Impact Volunteers skilled, Skilled Volunteers 2013
How Talent (Not Money) WIll Transform Your Organization
The world is full of educated, experienced, talented people who care about community. They are passionate about causes. And they are willing – even… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training Skilled Volunteers 2013
The Importance of Using and Understanding Background Check Screening
This archived webinar was produced by "AL!VE" -- the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement.
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingCapacity Building background checks, screening volunteers 2013
How to Design Volunteer Training that Helps (Not Hurts) Learning
A brief article that provides principles of learning theory in usable form to the design of volunteer training.
Capacity BuildingJob Specific Volunteer TrainingStaff TrainingVolunteer Orientation Training, orientation 2013