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A Boost in Staffing Will Improve Your Volunteer Engagement Efforts

United Way's VIP Manager Corps (VMC), delivered with 501 Commons, helps local nonprofits develop and sustain effective volunteer engagement programs and practices. Participating organizations will be matched with a VMC Member who will serve approximately 10 hours per week for 15 weeks, with 501 Commons’ support and direction.  The next session will run from February through May 2018. Agencies must:

  • Commit to four months
  • Develop a group volunteer project, upgrade your recruitment on United Way’s new volunteer-connecting website, and refine your volunteer tracking
  • Complete 3-5 other projects, such as designing skills-based volunteer opportunities, streamlining volunteer orientation and training, and increasing volunteer retention.

Agencies participating last winter 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

Organizations applying should:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored organization.
  • Have at least a two-year operating history.
  • Have at least two paid staff.
  • Have an active board that meets regularly.
  • Have a minimum annual budget of $100,000.
  • Be physically located in King County.
  • Have a mission or programs related to human services (early childhood, hunger, housing and shelter, youth development, veterans, older adults, etc.). Schools and educational organizations will also be considered.
  • Provide a work space that the VIP MC member can use for at least 10 hours a week.
  • Assign a supervisor who commits to 2-3 hours per week to the program.
  • Be willing to complete the three required projects if admitted—post on the United Way website, plan a group volunteer event for central King County, and improve their volunteer tracking systems if they cannot currently record the data required.

Contact Juli@501Commons.org to schedule an interview by November 17, and qualify to apply by November 22.