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A Boost in Staffing Will Improve Your Volunteer Engagement Efforts

Volunteer Management Consulting Corps (VMC) helps local nonprofits develop and sustain effective volunteer engagement programs and practices. Participating organizations will be matched with a VMC consultant who will serve approximately 10 hours per week for the duration of the program with 501 Commons’ support and direction.

We are currently recruiting for participating organizations that are located outside of King County. Next year, we expect to serve King County-based organizations again through this offering.

Agencies participating last winter said:

Our VMC [consultant] 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 VMC, 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 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 able to commit to a four-month project.

Contact jan@501commons.org to schedule an interview.