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Conferences for Volunteer Managers
The Association for Volunteer Administration holds its international conference October 15 18, 2003 in Cincinnati, OH. The conference holds workshops, seminars and plenary sessions for the beginning volunteer manager or more experienced ones. Speakers include Marty Evans, President of Red Cross, Chris Downie, of SparksPeople Service, and Courtney Anderson. Sessions are held in two conference hotels, the Hyatt Regency-Cincinnati and Hilton Netherland Plaza. For more information on registration visit the AVA web site at http://www.AVAintl.org.
Do you manage a library volunteer program? Here is a conference for you. Prior to the Association for Volunteer Administration in October (see above), the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are hosting a conference, "Building Library Volunteer Resources: Successful Approaches for Excellent Service" on October 15, 2003. Nationally recognized library volunteerism experts will share strategies and techniques for highly effective library programs using real life models and examples. Staff from all types of libraries will network, share insights, and explore ways to build volunteer involvement. For more information on this conference contact: Georgean Johnson-Coffey at email@example.com or call 260-338-1414 or Mary Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-262-8219.
Teaching a Procedure
Volunteers are often asked to complete a multi-layered procedure or process; check someone into an event or facility; process money, check something in or out, complete a report and submit it. Training for these processes or procedures usually consists of sample forms and a brief lecture on how to do it. Sometimes that works, but including some interactive exercises into this type of training can enhance the levels of retention for the learner.
Here are some ways to make the teaching of procedures or processes more interactive:
Arranging Pairs or Teams of Two
people around to work with new people is a useful part of training.
Here are some ways that pairs or teams can be formed for a new learning
Interested in more information? Check
out our online
bookstore for An Introduction to Helping Adults Learn and Change,
authored by Russell D. Robinson.
COLLEGE PROGRAMS ON NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Close to 200 colleges and universities offer academic programs on nonprofit and volunteer sector management. They are usually master's degree programs, but not always. American Humanics sponsors undergraduate programs, as well. If you are looking to push out the professional development window, consider taking a course at one of these colleges. A full list resides at http://pirate.shu.edu/~mirabero/kellogg.html. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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