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Free Volunteer Management Trainings
MI Community Service Commission offering Free Volunteer Management Trainings
Join the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) and Resilience Partners for free trainings. The MCSC is proud to offer training centered around volunteer management and nonprofit support. Along with partners, the MCSC offers two trainings each month and a free network session by an expert on each topic. These resources are made possible through the Volunteer Generation Fund from AmeriCorps the Agency. The goal of the Volunteer Generation Fund is to increase the capacity of nonprofits to expand volunteerism throughout Michigan.
MCSC Training 2023
The training provided by the Volunteer Generation Fund include volunteer management and capacity building training for nonprofits. This year, the MCSC will provide several tracks of training to support all Michigan nonprofits. We encourage nonprofit leaders, program and front-line employees to attend all the sessions in each track. Preregistration is required.
The educational series for 2023 will include:
Volunteer Management ongoing education
Organizational effectiveness – this includes how to facilitate lasting change, leadership skills and strategic planning, developing goals and using project management skills.
Grant Writing- training aimed at helping nonprofits increase their capacity to write grants. We will also offer this training to volunteers who may be able to write grants on behalf of nonprofits
Board and Committee training - This will be for potential and current board member education as well as education for nonprofits
Disaster Management- How to work with local/state/federal government, community and relief organizations for preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery stages of a disaster. The primary focus is on developing a donations and Volunteer Management plan for each community. Coming spring 2023
Using Get Connected as your organization’s Volunteer Management Data Base
May 11, 2023, at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Does your organization need a volunteer management data base? No matter how small or large your volunteer workforce is, everyone needs a volunteer management data base, but cost is often the reason why so many programs do not have an electronic system. The Michigan Community Service Commission provides Michigan Nonprofits free access to the Galaxy Digital Software Get Connected. Join us to learn how you can get the most out of our free access for your organization. Register at: Meeting Registration – Zoom
Community Outreach and Your Volunteer Program
May 23rd from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Does your volunteer program suffer from a lack of awareness? Do you have a great cause, but lack a significant brand identity among potential volunteers? Are you attracting the volunteers with the right skills and availability to meet your organization’s need? If you said yes to any of these questions, this session is for you. We’ll discuss how to recruit in different communities and how to build the relationships with others to build your volunteer recruitment base. Register at: Meeting Registration - Zoom
Connecting Passion and Purpose Through Board Service
June 1, 2023, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Are you ready to make a deeper commitment to a nonprofit organization? Are you curious about where to start? Join the Johnson Center and the Michigan Community Service Commission for a workshop to connect passion to purpose on the path toward board service.
This session is led by Emily Brenner and Mandy Sharp Eizinger and will help you with:
- Determine what philanthropic mission is meaningful to you – or how to find it.
- Learn the functions of a nonprofit board and position yourself for board service.
- Identify key questions for vetting and joining a board.
Register for this session at: Passion to Purpose: A Roadmap to Board Service
How facilitate lasting change
June 8 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
How many times has a great idea or initiative been introduced only for it to be nearly forgotten after it was launched? Has your organization ever had a challenge with implementing change? Everyone in a nonprofit organization is a leader and the ability to be a change maker is a necessary skill to bring about improvement in our organizations. This session is ideal for current nonprofit leaders, emerging leaders who are passionate about learning how to bring people and organizations through change. Register here: Meeting Registration - Zoom
Grant Writing – everything you need to know and didn’t ask
June 20 from 1:00- 2:30 p.m.
Grant writing can seem like an intimidating and overwhelming task, but with the right guidance on preparing data and knowing how to convey an impactful need, it becomes a much easier. Please join for another popular live opportunity to learn about grant writing from Kathy Dickens, Executive Director of the Four County Community Foundation. She’ll provide guidance, lessons learned and give participants a chance to ask questions. Register at: Meeting Registration - Zoom
Introduction to Strategic Planning
Date- time TBD
Please join us for an interactive session on strategic planning for nonprofits. This session will introduce the reasons why organizations need to focus on strategic planning and introduce the concepts behind how to conduct a strategic planning process. This session is ideal for any level of nonprofit experience and will be especially helpful for those in leadership roles of nonprofits as well as board members. Register at: Meeting Registration - Zoom.
Below is a description and direct links to view individual past trainings.
Engaging Volunteers - This session will guide volunteer management professionals through the volunteer engagement cycle and will provide tips and tools to help create opportunities to meaningful and lasting engagement that will positively impact volunteer retention.
Volunteer Recognition - This session will cover a variety of recognition ideas that are aimed at building engagement and reinforce retention of volunteers. The presenter will discuss trends and sound practices in balancing traditional forms of recognition with innovative processes that touch on a volunteers recognition needs throughout their volunteer career.
Leveraging Your Story - This session teaches participants how to tell a story by highlighting the most impactful information a donor, supporter, volunteer might need to know to cause them to want to learn more and form a relationship with your organization. The presenter shared a number of insightful tips and examples to model the lessons from.
Grant Writing for Nonprofits - This session will cover where to find grant opportunities, how to read a grant application, defining your organization’s case for funding as well as understanding what funders need in a budget proposal. This session is ideal for new granters, those with intermediate and advance grant writing skills.
Grant Writing Basics - Grant Writing's Optimum Role in Your Organization ~ And the Process to Fully Realize This fast paced and interactive workshop will assist you in assessing grant writing's role in your overall fund development efforts and using your strategic planning process to guide your grant applications. We will review key policies and practices that every organization should deploy, how to get key players involved in the development process, and what makes a good application great.
Youth Engagement - This session is appropriate for organizations that are interested in engaging young people but feel ill-prepared as well as those who would like to strengthen their current youth engagement practices.
Comprehensive Volunteer Screening - This session is presented by MSU Extension leader Lisa Bottomley. The session will explore a variety of tools that can be used to screen potential volunteers. Participants will learn how to choose the right tools for their volunteer program based on volunteer roles.
Volunteer Recruitment - This session will cover different recruitment strategies and trends to help a developing volunteer management professional create a plan for their recruitment needs. Participants will leave with a much better understanding of the ideas and tools to help make recruitment easier to plan, track and implement to benefit their organization.
Communication Strategies for Thriving Teams - Ms. Reid has a long history of volunteer management and uses these experiences to help nonprofits increase their capacity to engage volunteers through strategies that enhance communication and the sense of belonging and empowerment. This session is ideal for new volunteer management leaders, those with intermediate and advance volunteer management skills.
Volunteer Interview and Placement Techniques - This session will cover background checks, interview practices and tips on how to handle red flag in potential volunteers. This session will also provide tips on how to successfully support individuals with disabilities in the volunteer workforce.
Volunteer Recruitment - This session will cover a variety of recruitment strategies and trends to help a developing volunteer management professional develop a plan to address recruitment for their organization. Participants will come away with several ideas and tools to help make recruitment easy to plan, track and implement to benefit their organization.
Asset Based Language - Join Tamela Spicer, a Senior Program Manager of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, as she discusses the importance of storytelling within an organization. It can be a challenging within any institution to find individuals who relate to your groups message and key values. By using certain language, diction, and communications methods your organization can see an increase in the number of individuals who connect with your group.
The Accidental Trainer: Facilitation Techniques to Elevate Your Organization's Learning Initiatives - This video breakdowns topics such as the motivation for why individuals serve and ways to implement the learner engagement model to create a deeper connection. Additionally, this webinar will also cover tips for virtual learning, as well as ways to combat zoom fatigue.
Build Back Better - Beth Steinhorn, President of Volunteer Strategies, joins the Michigan Community Service Commission to explore ways to turn obstacles brought on by the pandemic into opportunities. From understanding motivation for virtual volunteer engagement, to key insights from other organizations regarding tactics that worked best for them in 2021.
Building Rapport While Being Apart Mentoring in the Modern Age - In partnership with the City of Lansing, this volunteer training webinar focuses on how to engage young mentees during the pandemic. Not only from organizer perspectives, but from the perspective of students and young volunteers who are participating in these virtual mentorship programs.
Assessing Resources offered by MCSC - Please join the United Way of Genesee County and the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) to learn how to develop a meaningful project that helps build your organization's volunteer corps and earns your organization a reputation for great service to the community. The MCSC will review the three National Days of Service and what resources we have available to help support projects.
Nonprofits Tapping Social Media to Recruit Volunteers and Raise Awareness - This session lead by communication and social media experts will help participants get the most out of social media. The session will cover the advantages of using social media to communicate with the public and how to craft message to recruit volunteer and donor support.
Getting the most out of hosting a National Day of Service Event - Our National Days of Service are important times for Michiganders to serve, reflect and pay respect. Please join the United Way of Genesee County and the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) to learn how to develop a meaningful project that helps build your organization's volunteer corps and earns your organization a reputation for great service to the community.
Accessing resources offered by MCSC- Get Connected Training for Agencies - Learn more about Get Connected from the Michigan Community Service Commission.