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How To Help Your Volunteers Succeed Through Peer Mentorship - Template Thursday

Posted By Sammy Feilchefeld, Training Coordinator, February 9, 2017
Updated: February 8, 2017
 Template Thursday


 

For this Template Thursday, we’re taking a look at volunteer mentorship. Volunteer mentors can provide support to new and developing volunteers by using their experience, knowledge and expertise. In this template, consider the ways you’d want mentors to help volunteers succeed, and possibilities for mentors to keep volunteers from failing. Learn more about mentorship in our newest resource guide & workbook “Volunteer Communities Mentorship,” available free to all Volunteer Toronto Subscribers.

 

 

 Volunteer mentors - support for new volunteers in your organization

 

In-house Training 

As Volunteer Toronto's Training Coordinator, Sammy Feilchenfeld develops and delivers in-person, online and on-demand training in order to support managers and coordinators of volunteers in Toronto’s non-profit and charitable organizations.

Tags:  supervising volunteers  volunteer management  volunteer mentorship  volunteer program  volunteer recruitment  volunteer retention  volunteer training 

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INFOGRAPHIC: Assessing Your Volunteer Training Program

Posted By Kasandra James, Subscriptions Coordinator, February 2, 2016
Updated: February 1, 2016
 

Infographic: Assessing Your Volunteer Training program 

 


As Volunteer Toronto’s Subscriptions Coordinator, Kasandra James is the first point of contact for non-profits looking for support. She facilitates monthly Subscriber Circles - discussion groups for managers and coordinators of volunteers, contributes to our Sector Space newsletter and social media communications, and makes sure our subscriptions package continues to help non-profit organizations build capacity through volunteer involvement. 

 

Tags:  adult learners  Assessing your volunteer training program  How to keep volunteers  subscriber circles  volunteer engagement  Volunteer Management  Volunteer Toronto  Volunteer Training 

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Three Tips For Training Adult Learners

Posted By Sammy Feilchenfeld, Training Coordinator, December 8, 2015
Updated: December 7, 2015
 

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 

 

Orientation and training is vital for all volunteers to meet the responsibilities of their role and perform their duties effectively and safely. Without a proper orientation, your volunteers can’t serve as ambassadors for your organization, and without training specific to their role, your volunteer may not be meeting the needs of the community in their work!

Many of the volunteers you’ll be engaging will likely be “older learners” – this means they’re no longer in a formal learning environment (school or post-secondary education). Are you prepared to provide orientation and training for these types of learners? Adults learn in different ways, and it might have been a while since their last formal training experience. They may not be familiar with the etiquette or appropriate behaviour, and they may not have the same skills to retain knowledge!

If you want to make sure you’re providing effective orientation and training for your volunteers, take note of these helpful tips for teaching older learners:


Keep Training Practical

Keep training practical with a variety of techniques (discussions, quizzes, role play) to empower your volunteers to learn by doing and cover more information faster.

Understand Different Learning Styles

Your volunteers may be visual learners, preferring to see what they’re learning to understand it, or auditory learners, preferring to be told or hear something to learn it. There are also verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary learners!

Anticipate Needs

Volunteers may be more engaged knowing there’s food on the way, or a pot of coffee ready. Others may want multiple breaks to stretch, move around, or even socialize. Consider if you’ll allow volunteers to be checking their phone or e-mails, or if they’re able to leave the training session at any time.

 

Want to make sure you’re providing the best orientation and training for your volunteers – including your older learners? Our Volunteer Management Basics: Orientation & Training is a FREE course for Volunteer Toronto subscribers, and is also free with the purchase of any of our paid courses. Along with more details about teaching adults and older learners, you’ll learn more about planning your orientation, providing great training and ensuring inclusive, accessible and effective facilitation.

Not a Subscriber? Learn more about our great subscription program. Want another way to get access to our free courses? Check out our paid courses – any paid course comes with full access to all free courses!

 
As Volunteer Toronto's Training Coordinator, Sammy develops and delivers in-person, online and on-demand training in order to support managers and coordinators of volunteers in Toronto’s non-profit and charitable organizations. 

Tags:  adult learners  free online learning  learn differently  learning styles  online learning  volunteer orientation  volunteer training 

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INFOGRAPHIC: 7 Questions You Need To Ask When Assessing and Managing Risks In Your Volunteer Roles

Posted By Kasandra James, Subscriptions Coordinator, December 1, 2015
Updated: December 1, 2015
 infographic - 7 Questions You Need To Ask When Assessing and Managing Risks In Your Volunteer Roles
  As Volunteer Toronto’s Subscriptions Coordinator, Kasandra is the first point of contact for non-profits looking for support.
She facilitates monthly Subscriber Circle discussion groups for managers and coordinators of volunteers, contributes to our
Sector Space newsletter and social media communications, and makes sure our subscriptions package continues to help
non-profit organizations build capacity through volunteer involvement.

 

Tags:  risks with volunteers  volunteer engagement  Volunteer Management  volunteer orientation  volunteer screening  volunteer supervisors  volunteer training 

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Infographic: Getting The Right Start With Volunteer Orientation

Posted By Kasandra James, Subscriptions Coordinator, October 26, 2015
 Infographic
  As Volunteer Toronto’s Subscriptions Coordinator, Kasandra is the first point of contact for non-profits looking for support.
She facilitates monthly Subscriber Circle discussion groups for managers and coordinators of volunteers, contributes to our
Sector Space newsletter and social media communications, and makes sure our subscriptions package continues to help
non-profit organizations build capacity through volunteer involvement.

 

Tags:  group orientation  position description  subcriber circle  team spirit  volunteer ambassadors  volunteer coordination  volunteer handbook  volunteer management  Volunteer orientation  volunteer supervisors  volunteer toronto training  volunteer training 

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Preparing Your Short-Term Volunteer Roles

Posted By Sammy Feilchenfeld, Training Coordinator, October 21, 2015
Updated: October 19, 2015
 
Estimated reading time - 3 minutes              

 

Currently, short-term volunteering is one of the biggest trends in volunteer management. More and more volunteers want to make a bigger impact in a shorter time-frame – maybe they can’t commit to long-term or recurring programs, or maybe they’re drawn to the shorter event or activity you’re running. Either way, volunteer managers, and coordinators want to know how to engage this new crop of short-term volunteers.

As Volunteer Toronto’s Training Coordinator, I meet a lot of volunteer managers and coordinators from different kinds of organizations. Some manage a few volunteers who’ve stayed on for years and years. Others bring in a thousand volunteers for two weeks and then may not see a lot of them again! In providing training and materials to help all kinds of volunteer managers do their jobs well, I’ve found the best approach is to cater to as many kinds of volunteer needs as possible.

Today, we’re releasing our newest Resource Guide & Workbook on Short-Term Volunteers. In preparing the workbook, I could see the need for this kind of information was growing as Toronto already has many festivals, single day events, short-term and seasonal volunteer activities.  You might need volunteers for your sports league that only lasts a couple of months, or you might need a lot of volunteers for a big fundraising event for one night. On top of all those events and seasonal programs, more and more volunteer managers and coordinators are seeing the value of setting up short-term projects for volunteers who want to make a big impact without a long-term commitment. How do you prepare these volunteers for their roles? And perhaps more importantly, how do you prepare your organization for short term volunteers?

To help get you started, here are a few tips straight from our new Resource Guide & Workbook:

 

  1. Screen every volunteer – even if the volunteer is short-term and may be contributing 6 hours on only one day, you must always find a way to screen your volunteers to make sure it’s a good fit – get help from existing or program volunteers to conduct phone interviews or better review applications

  2. Train every volunteer – while not every volunteer will be available for an in-person orientation, have all materials available to every volunteer through a handbook or website; you need to make sure your volunteers know and follow your basic rules and procedures and know enough about your organization and who they serve to be a good ambassador

  3. Supervise every volunteer – if your event or activity has more than a handful of volunteers, it could be very difficult to provide supervision for all of them; make sure you have senior volunteers, staff, board members and/or others you can rely on to supervise and oversee volunteer operations.

Knowing where your organization – and your volunteer program – stands in working with short-term volunteers can help you engage more of them, in ways that are both rewarding for them and helpful for your organization.

To learn more about how to deal with the challenges of engaging short-term volunteers, get better prepared for engaging them effectively, and learn some promising practices from Toronto organizations, check out our brand new Resource Guide & Workbook on Short-Term Volunteers – FREE for all Volunteer Toronto Subscribers!

Not a subscriber? Find out how subscribing to Volunteer Toronto can help you achieve volunteer management greatness!

 
As Volunteer Toronto's Training Coordinator, Sammy develops and delivers in-person, online and on-demand training in order to support managers and coordinators of volunteers in Toronto’s non-profit and charitable organizations. 

Tags:  Short-Term Volunteers  supervising volunteers  volunteer engagement  Volunteer Management  volunteer program  volunteer recognition  Volunteer Retention  volunteer training 

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