Engaging Volunteers in Critical Times: Modernizing Nonprofit Organizations
DOVA and the MIT Public Service Center are pleased to host Australian volunteer engagement expert Martin J. Cowling from People First-Total Solutions for interactive workshops for volunteer leaders on "Creating a Pro-Volunteer Culture" and "Fundamentals-The Essentials of a Volunteer Program" at MIT on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
To increase overall organizational support for volunteers, the morning session (9am-12noon) on "Creating a Pro-Volunteer Culture" is for broad audiences (volunteer leaders, organizers, executive directors, managers, board members) who will learn about and discuss
- The impact and value of a pro-volunteer culture
- Why culture is important to an agency/group
- The elements of an agency/group culture
- What an ideal pro-volunteer is
- Specific actions everyone working with volunteers can take to strengthen pro-volunteer culture at his/her agency/group
So that our volunteer programs function most effectively, "Fundamentals-The Essentials of a Volunteer Program" will be the afternoon session (1-5pm). Participants take inventory of the specific strengths and weaknesses of their volunteer programs in the context of key characteristics of an effective service enterprise that focuses volunteers on performing critical work, and then they will identify and plan what is needed to improve their situations.
Register by 2/29 for $150 to attend the full day with continental breakfast and "Taste of New England" buffet* lunch, and receive optional 50% discount on 2011-12 DOVA dues (regularly $40).
Register by 2/29 for $100 to attend for a half day with the meal that immediately precedes your session.
In order to strengthen agency/group-wide pro-volunteer support, additional employees, board members, and volunteer leaders from the same nonprofit/group can receive a $25pp discount by 2/29.
Day-of/Walk-in registration on 3/15 will be $250pp for the full-day and $125pp for a half-day if space is still available.
*Buffet will feature New England Clam Chowder, Garden Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Yankee Pot Roast with Roasted Root Vegetables, Baked Scrod with Cracker Crumbs, Cranberry Bread and Parker House Rolls, and Beverages. Vegan and vegetarian pasta entree, no-lactose soup, etc. will be substituted for those who register specific meal preference by 2/29/12.
No refunds are available after 2/29. For cancellations made before 2/29/12, DOVA will refund registration fees less $25 administrative fee, Eventbrite and credit card processing fees and, if purchased, full-price DOVA dues.
If MIT closes due to a snow emergency on 3/15/12, then DOVA will refund registration fees less Eventbrite and credit card processing fees and. if purchased, full-price DOVA dues. Check MIT snow emergency status at http://emergency.mit.net/emergency/ or call 617-253-SNOW (617-253-7669)
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Directors of Volunteer Administration (DOVA)
DOVA is an association of professionals who recruit and work with volunteers at non-profit organizations in Greater Boston. DOVA fosters professional development by offering program meetings about volunteer management, recruitment, marketing, and screening, as well as opportunities to share experiences, ideas, best practices, and skills with colleagues.