Spark the Change’s updated Volunteer Engagement Training Program (VETP), formerly the Volunteer Management Training Series (VMTS), consists of six modules created by the Points of Light Institute and updated in 2020. Classes are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the major components of nonprofit volunteer engagement. Earn a Volunteer Engagement Certificate and start developing volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition strategies and methods of offering projects for diverse audiences.

Who is it for?:

For many nonprofit organizations, volunteer help is vital. Discover how your nonprofit can run a volunteer program, cultivate leaders and benefit from volunteer expertise. Looking to learn ways to recruit, train, and recognize volunteers in your organization? VETP is perfect for you! This valuable program will enhance your knowledge whether you are a new or seasoned volunteer manager. 

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VETP Fall 2022 Session Schedule:


Week 1: Establishing the Framework

Sept 20th 9:00 - 10:30am  
Sept 22nd 9:00 - 10:00am 

Describe volunteerism and its role in civic life today. Identify elements of, explore barriers to, and motivators for volunteer engagement. 

Week 2: Planning for Volunteer Engagement

Sept 26th 9:00 - 10:30am 
Sept 29th 9:00 - 10:00am

Start planning for how and where volunteers fit in our organizations. Learn how to conduct a Volunteer Engagement Assessment, consider risk, and identify the many steps, resources and support needed to effectively engage volunteers.

Week 3: Opportunities & Outreach

Oct 4th 9:00 - 10:00am 
Oct 6th 9:00 - 10:00am

Acquire tools with a Volunteer Experience Lens to get the volunteers you need in the door. Examine trends in volunteerism, develop position descriptions, explore targeted recruitment, and develop an outreach strategy.

Week 4: Intake & Onboarding

Oct 18th 9 - 10:00am
Oct 20th 9 - 10:00am

Recognize the difference between orienting and training volunteers and staff by creating systems to effectively screen, interview, match, place, orient and train volunteers. Assess training needs and design training to equip volunteers and staff.

Week 5: Supervision & Support

Oct 25th 9-10:00am
Oct 27th 9-10:00am 

Provide tools and strategies to ensure volunteers feel supported, effective and appreciated. Explore causes of and options for addressing volunteer performance problems and identify effective ways to reward and recognize volunteers.

Week 6: Evaluation

Nov 1st 9-10:00am
Nov 3rd 9-10:00am

Examine strategies for figuring out what is and isn’t working by building a foundation for evaluating volunteer engagement. Recognize the difference between Program and Stakeholder Evaluation, explore Impact Statements, Mutual Feedback and Stakeholder Satisfaction Surveys, and learn how to improve outcomes for volunteers, staff and the organization as a whole.


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