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.

Pricing    Session Schedule    Meet the Trainers!

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.


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. (All 2021 VETP Sessions will be held virtually.)

Premium Spark Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount for up to 2 employees. To receive the Promo Code for this discount, contact Gabby Ewell at gewell@sparkthechangecolorado.org(Discounts are 10% off each registration, not 20% off the total of 2 registrations.)

Individual recordings, available for $30/session, will be posted and available soon, via Co-Assemble. 



2022 Dates TBD:

Session 1 & Optional Networking

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. 


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Session 3 & Optional Networking

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.


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Session 5 & Optional Networking

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.

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Session 2 & Optional Networking

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.

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Session 4 & Optional Networking

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.


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Session 6 & Optional Networking

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.














For Premium Member discount, questions, upcoming trainings, or to join the waitlist for the next series, contact Gabby Ewell at GEwell@sparkthechangecolorado.org.

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Meet the Trainers!

Session #1 Establishing the Framework: Natalie Gorak

Natalie earned a Bachelors in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Education and Human Development from University of Colorado-Denver. She's especially proud of her thesis from the Masters program, where she conducted her own research exploring the concept of fictive kin among young adults experiencing homelessness!

Most of Natalie's past work experience involved working with folks experiencing homelessness, both adults and young adults. Through that work, she saw the important role volunteers play in making a nonprofit successful. This left her ready to shift focus from direct service to volunteer recruitment and engagement.

RSVP Park County Manager

Spark the Change Colorado - RSVP Program


Session #2 Planning for Volunteer Engagement: Kelly Streck

with co-presenter, Gabby Ewell

After teaching English abroad for 2 years in Poland and Japan, Kelly Streck started her career in non-profit program development and volunteer management at Young Americans Center for Financial Education teaching K-12 students and parents about personal financial literacy for 5 years. From there she joined the Young Philanthropists Foundation working with kids in the Penny Harvest, then directed summer camps at Wapiyapi for kids with cancer and their siblings.

Before joining Metro Volunteers, now Spark the Change Colorado, she taught modules of the Volunteer Management Training Series having no idea at the time that was foreshadowing her next nonprofit home! At Spark the Change Colorado, Kelly is the Director of Community Engagement. As a mom with a 4 year old and a 16 month old, Kelly believes in the importance of living with a positive impact as a professional and as a family.

Kelly Streck

Director of Community Engagement

Spark the Change Colorado


Co-presenter for Session #2: Gabby Ewell

Gabby Ewell joined Spark the Change Colorado staff in 2021 as the Programs Administrative Assistant. Her roll lends support to the Community Engagement Department, the Mental Wellness Program, and the Empowering Aging Department!

Gabby has received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Outdoor Education, and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Outdoor Recreation Economy. Gabby is passionate about volunteering to make outdoor recreation more accessible to all, and currently volunteers as a Board Sports Mentor to underserved youth.  In her free time, Gabby enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and plant keeping.

Gabby Ewell

Programs Administrative Assistant

Spark the Change Colorado


Session #3 Opportunities & Outreach: Tracy Vlnicka

Tracy Vlnicka is the Volunteer Services Manager at Denver Botanic Gardens.  She has gained professional experience from connections with a variety of organizations to engage teen and adult volunteers, build partnerships, strengthen collaborations, and manage stellar teams.  

Tracy is passionate about connecting people to nature and has been privileged to work for some amazing organizations who do just that. She has experience with service learning program development, international travel with volunteers/students, and volunteer program planning.  Tracy also loves to cook, bake, spend time with her kiddos and teach REFIT fitness classes.

Tracy Vlnicka

Volunteer Services Manager

Denver Botanic Gardens


Session #4 Intake & Onboarding: Allison Waldvogel

with co-presenter, Natalie Gorak

Allison Waldvogel is the Associate Director of Volunteer Services for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. She has worked in volunteer engagement for over 11 years, is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA),  serves on the DOVIA Board of Directors, and has also been a volunteer herself.

She has a degree in Business Management with an emphasis on Human Resources. Combined with her previous teaching experience, she has found a perfect blend to use these skills all while falling under admiration for the drive and passion that volunteers have.

Allison resides in Colorado Springs with her “furry family” that consists of her bearded husband, Josh; their newborn daughter, Mila; and their collective squad of 9: four dogs, five cats, two rabbits, plus an undisclosed number of foster kittens at any given time.

Allison Waldvogel

Associate Director of Volunteer Service

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region


Session #5 Supervision & Support and

Session #6 Evaluation: Brittany McGarry

with co-presenter, Mark Smith

Brittany completed the Volunteer Engagement Training Program (VETP) with Spark the Change Colorado in Fall 2018. She is excited to be a part of the facilitator team! With a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Bellarmine University, a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from Appalachian State University and completing her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) this year, she thrives on being a forever learner.

She served on the DOVIA Colorado Board of Directors for 3 years as the Chair of the Colorado Conference on Volunteerism, executing two years of a successful virtual conference experience. She is currently serving as a member of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Customer Experience Program Advisory Board. She will complete the certificate program this winter. Currently, Brittany is completing her third years as a mentor with Minds Matter Colorado and her mentees graduate this spring.

Brittany McGarry

Volunteer Engagement Specialist

National MS Society