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Strengthen Your Volunteer Engagement Efforts

Receive hands on support to invest in your volunteer management program. 501 Commons is recruiting now for nonprofits to be part of the next Volunteer Management Corp (VMC) program, running from July through September 2019.  By participating you will:

  • Be matched with two skilled VMC consultants who will volunteer at least 25 total hours each over the course of 10 weeks
  • Assess your current volunteer program and identify 3 critical areas for improvement
  • Obtain 3-5 completed projects that add capacity to your volunteer program, such as documenting volunteer job descriptions, designing skills-based volunteer opportunities, streamlining volunteer orientation and training, and increasing volunteer retention
  • Get connected to resources in the community to further boost your volunteer program after the project ends

The summer 2019 cohort of VMC is made possible free of charge to nonprofits thanks to Serve Washington and the Volunteer Generation Fund.

In order to be eligible for the program, organizations must:

  • Be based in Washington State, but not within King County
  • Be a 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored organization
  • Have at least a two-year operating history
  • Have an active board (of at least 5 members) that meets regularly
  • Have formalized position descriptions for board members
  • Provide an annual financial statement
  • Currently engage community members to help deliver services or have a formalized volunteer program
  • Be able to assign a two people that are responsible for the success of the volunteer program to work with the consultants an average of 2 hours per week throughout the program
  • Be able to participate in the virtual program launch on July 16, 2019

All organizations must participate in a screening call prior to applying. Applications are due by July 1. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Stephanie Heffner.

Previous participants have said:

"Our VMC was a fantastic addition to our team - she was proactive, brought relevant experience, and a new perspective to our program. She worked hard, anticipated challenges many volunteer programs face, and spent time getting to know our organization to better understand where she could support and add value to our work."  ~ Andrea Greenstein, Educurious

"501 Commons was a great partner in our efforts to streamline and improve our volunteer recruitment and management. Many times nonprofits like ours have limited capacity to manage a volunteer program in the most efficient manner and this program allowed us to create some best practices and protocols that will help us to grow our volunteer program overall." ~ Sarah Popelka, Southwest Youth and Family Services

"Prior to participating with VIP Manager Corps, there were many things that our organization was doing in relation to volunteers, but nothing was documented. Now we have a binder full of best practices and protocols specifically for our program. In the case of any staff changes, it will be easy for someone new to quickly gain a complete picture of the current program and not have to start over from scratch with the loss of that institutional knowledge. Additionally, we have specific and measurable goals to use for reporting and to keep the volunteer program moving forward." ~ Erin Davies, Encompass Northwest