Coming soon: in-person training!

In case you missed it... this little tiny bullet point was in last week's Mid States Camp Conference email updates. Doesn't seem too exciting at first glance, but my heart jumped when I saw it. I've been presenting at Mid States for years on all kinds of topics, and I even organized and implemented the conference's volunteer program for a few years. But in 2017, it's a whole new ball game!

This year, on April 3, I'll be leading a day-long Skills Lab, where we'll dive in deep to kick-start your volunteer program. If you're in the Midwest, seriously come join us! It'll be mostly camp directors and youth program people, but everyone is welcome, and I guarantee you'll have a great time - and learn something too. 

More info coming soon. But in the meantime, mark your calendar!

Knowing if it's time...for a refresh

We're busy. I get it. It's easy to keep going through the to-do list, dealing with one issue at a time, and never stopping to evaluate: Does our system need an update? Do we need to look at our materials with fresh eyes?

Here's how to know if your volunteer management system needs an upgrade:

  1. Everything is still on paper. If the entire system is paper-based and you're buried in stacks, it might be time to look at how you can move pieces of your system to an online or digital file method.
  2. You're not sure when your position descriptions were last updated. If there's not a date on the bottom (or it's more than 18 months ago), or you can't remember the last time you went through your position descriptions with a careful eye, it's time to regroup.
  3. If you haven't recruited a new volunteer in more than a month. If you've got the same crew of dedicated people getting the job done, day after day, you could probably use some fresh energy in your team, or something's not right in your system. 

What to do about it...

  • Get a work group together. If you don't have the capacity to do it yourself right now, form a work group (or - the word we try to avoid - "committee") to review your system and make suggestions/improvements.
  • Do it yourself. Set aside the time and get focused on reviewing everything and making the updates you need, before 2017. 
  • Get motivated with a start-up group. Right now, I'm looking for 10 non-profit professionals to join me in a pilot group this November/December to start-up or revamp their volunteer program. You’ll leave the group with written position descriptions, marketing and recruitment messaging, and a plan for training and orientation. If you're interested in learning more, send me an email at 

Announcing...Volunteer Start-up Program Pilot Group

Before I launch my new course, I want to work with a handful of non-profit professionals to guide them through starting up or completely revamping their volunteer management systems.

I’m calling this the "Volunteer Start-up Program Pilot Group." You and a handful of other awesome non-profit pros will receive weekly videos, workbooks, and discussion starters in a private Facebook group.

This will be the same content as the full course, launching in May 2017, but you’ll receive a huge discount for being part of the pilot group along with other awesome benefits:

  • 3 weeks of video content, worksheets, and discussions in a private Facebook group. Check out the course outline here now.

  • Ask me any questions in the private group during the 3-week course. I’ll be there to help.

  • Receive access to the finalized course next spring: log-in, private fb group, bonus videos, worksheets and more at no additional costs (will likely launch for $650+... a savings of $500+ for you!)

  • Meet awesome like-minded non-profit pros and volunteer managers who totally understand your world.

  • Give feedback to get the most out of the course, have all your questions answered, and make the course even better for the final version (which you’ll have access to)

  • By the end of the course, you’ll have written position descriptions, marketing and recruitment messaging, and a plan for training and orientation - all the tools you need to hit the ground running.

Total investment for the Volunteer Start-up Program Pilot Group (including the full course next spring at no extra cost) = $139

I’m only accepting 10 colleagues to join this group, and I think you’ll be a perfect fit - I’m looking forward to learning from your experience and getting your feedback, plus seeing your volunteer program ready for start-up!

Sign up for your spot here, and I’ll add you to the private FB group asap.

If you have any questions, just reply to this email. I’m super excited to help you get your volunteer program ready for start-up or revamped for success!

High fives, Stacie