Volunteer Engagement Training Program

For many nonprofit organizations, volunteer help is vital. Discover how your nonprofit can run a volunteer program, cultivate leaders and benefit from volunteer expertise.

Spark the Change’s newly 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 recently 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. *Must attend all 6 modules to receive a certificate.

This valuable program will enhance your knowledge whether you are a new or seasoned volunteer manager.

All 2021 VETP Sessions will be held virtually.

Looking to learn ways to recruit, train, and recognize volunteers in your organization? VETP is perfect for you!


Our April 2021 Series has concluded. Fall Series Dates Coming Soon.

Contact Kelly Streck to join the waitlist and be one of the first to register for our next series! Dates TBD.



Oct 19th -  9am-12pm

Session 1: Establishing the Framework 

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


Nov 2nd -  9am-11:30am

Session 3: Opportunities & Outreach

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.


Nov 16th - 9am-11:30am

Session 5: Supervision & Support

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.

Oct 26th -  9am-11:30am

Session 2: Planning for Volunteer Engagement

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.

Nov 9th -   9am-11:30am

Session 4: Intake & Onboarding

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.


Nov 30th -  9am-11:30am

Session 6: Evaluation

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.









Registration for our Fall Session is now OPEN!

Register Here


For questions, upcoming trainings, or to join the waitlist for the next series, contact Kelly Streck at kstreck@sparkthechangecolorado.org. 

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