ONLINE: Building Strong Volunteer Programs

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Three-part webinar series from 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Tuesdays, September 12, 19, and 26, 2017.


Learn how to strengthen your volunteer program in this three-part webinar series, presented in partnership with Volunteer Centers of Washington, 501 Commons, and Seattle Works. Explore how to harness the full potential of your volunteer force and engage those who can best help your organization.

Session 1: Recognizing Volunteers

Presenter: Michelle Morris

Tuesday, September 12 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST

In this session, participants will gain an understanding of the importance and delivery of volunteer recognition, including ideas about recognizing volunteers on a limited budget. The takeaway from this exercise is to recognize volunteers in the way they want to be recognized, using McClelland’s Social Motivator categories.



Session 2: Engaging Millennials: From Stereotypes to Solutions

Presenters: Sylvia Artiga and Liz Jose, Seattle Works

Tuesday, September 19 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST 

In 2016, Pew Research reported that the Millennial generation (ages 18-34) had become the nation’s largest living generation. More and more, nonprofit organizations must look to Millennials to serve as volunteers to run their programs and as leaders to sit on their boards, but many are already struggling to find dedicated, committed individuals. If you believe the headlines, Millennials are simply too self-centered or entitled to serve in the same way as previous generations – the truth is more nuanced. Millennials are looking for connecting and meaning in their work and nonprofit organizations can evolve their messaging to fit the Millennial context. This session is presented by Seattle Works, an organization that has worked to connect volunteers, develop leaders, and build community since Generation X was branded the ‘slacker generation’. Participants will learn:

  • How to message their outreach effectively to Millennial volunteers
  • How to make quick, affordable changes to their volunteer program to increase engagement
  • How to increase retention of Millennial volunteers 


Session 3: Engaging Skilled Volunteers

Presenter: Jan Burrell, 501 Commons

Tuesday, September 26 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST

Engaging volunteers in skills-based roles can provide enormous benefits. Skilled volunteers can offer insight and expertise and add to our capacity to tackle challenges staff does not have the time to take on. But the tools and approaches we use for program volunteers will not work for skills-based roles. Join us for an interactive and informative session on how to effectively engage skilled volunteers. Participants will learn how to recruit, screen, and match volunteers into skills-based volunteer opportunities.


All sessions will be recorded and each week's recording will be sent to all registered participants.

(Register for the Post-Event Package and receive all three recordings at the end of the webinar series on September 26)

About the Presenters

Michelle Morris, City of Bellevue

michelle morrisMichelle Morris served for seven years as the Senior Manager for Community Engagement at the United Way of Snohomish County and director of their Volunteer Center included launching a "Youth United" teen volunteer program and coordinating the annual Days of Caring event which engages over 1,000 residents in 90+ non-profit projects. For two of those years, Michelle was also the President of the Volunteer Centers of Washington, the state-wide association of volunteer centers. Michelle has trained over 700 individuals on effective Volunteer Management and is passionate about the power of volunteerism to solve society's most pressing issues. After one year in the position of Foundation Director at SeaFair, Michelle is now responsible for Homeland Security Grants on behalf of the City of Bellevue Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management.

Sylvia ArtigaSylvia Artiga, Seattle Works - Program Manager, Leadership Development
Sylvia Artiga Monreal, M.Ed., works in the nonprofit sector, recruiting, training, and coaching individuals in career development, personal leadership, and team management. Sylvia comes to Seattle Works from Teach For America where she helped to build the Latin@ Engagement and Partnerships Team, dedicated to increasing the number of Latin@ leaders in classrooms across the country. Prior to Teach For America, Sylvia served with Citizen Schools as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow where she focused on out-of-school time education in New Jersey. In her spare time, she can be found blogging about latinidad and geeky things. Email Sylvia for questions about volunteering in Seattle, learning about board service, or video game recommendations.

Liz JoseLiz Jose, Seattle Works - Program Manager, Corporate Volunteer Programs & Community Partnerships
Liz has spent the last 10 years doing all things nonprofit. Liz has done it all from running a teen center, developing learning aps for kids, working as a middle school science teacher for social/emotional special needs youth, founding a women’s bicycle organization (WE Bike NYC), and teaching bicycle mechanics to youth and adults. Liz has a Master’s in Sociology of Education from NYU and is a Certified Bicycle Technician from United Bicycle Institute. Whether she is wrenching or lecturing, Liz uses her skills to build community, encouraging those around her to create the world they want to live in. Ask Liz about getting your company involved in giving back, finding volunteers for your organization, and how to fix that weird noise your bicycle is making.

JanBurrellJan Burrell, 501 Commons - Volunteer Engagement Manager
Jan Burrell brings over 15 years of experience connecting volunteers to meaningful opportunities in the community and ensuring that both client needs and volunteer expectations are met. As 501 Commons' Volunteer Engagement Manager, Jan oversees the Service Corps, the skills based volunteer program, and United Way's Volunteer Impact Partnership, which helps organizations improve the ways in which they engage volunteers. Prior to joining 501 Commons, Jan was the program manager and interim executive director at the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children. She also spent nine years developing and managing volunteer programs for people in their 20s and 30s through Seattle Works. Jan holds a certification in Volunteer Management from Washington State University.


  • When

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Online through Adobe Connect

Thank You to Our Partners

Presented by Washington Nonprofits in collaboration with the Volunteer Centers of Washington, Seattle Works, and 501 Commons.


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