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The Accidental Collaborator - Guest blogger Elisa Kosarin, CVA

In my local DOVIA, one of the most common workshop topic requests is "How to get staff on board with volunteer management." It's a complex subject, most likely because staff engagement brings us into the murky world of soft interpersonal skills. We anticipate barriers and may feel discouraged about achieving any sort of progress.Sometimes, though, a hard skill exercise goes a long way towards nurturing staff engagement.That was my recent take-away when talking with a volunteer coordinator who participated in my recruitment planning course. As part of the course

Program evaluation process leads to greater bond between volunteer manager and volunteers - Guest blogger Ashley Erb

The Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credentialing process discusses the topic of program evaluation at length. I found it to be one of the most thought provoking portions of the process.Inspired by the up-cropping of New Year's resolutions and the promise of improvement in the New Year, in January I set-forth on a mission to meet individually with all of my on-going volunteers and gain insight into the short-comings and success of the volunteer program beyond that which is documented by our standard, circle-the-rating-from-one-to-five, evaluation form. I wanted to just talk with my volunteers -- really

Looking for a magic number - Guest blogger Elisa Kosarin, CVA

Last month, I wrote about volunteer orientations, and about how facilitating orientations is a critical and often overlooked part of the event's success.This month, as I debated moving on to another topic, I realized there is still more to say about orientations and why they are such a valuable practice within volunteer management.That's because your volunteer orientation is the gateway into your organization. It is there to inspire the ones you want to volunteer- and screen out the prospects who are not a great fit.Don't you wonder?

How To Turn Away Volunteers and Still Have an Okay Day - Guest Blogger Elisa Kosarin

What's the absolute, no doubt about it, worst part of managing volunteers? For me, it's turning away the ones that are just not a good fit - the ones that won't work out in any of the roles that your program offers. After all, volunteers are donating their time and talents to support your cause. It's hard to reject something given so freely.I have had to reject hundreds of volunteers over the years. At first, the process was wrenching. I could feel my blood pressure rising every time I picked up the phone, knowing I was about to share news that was sure to disappoint. A conversation with an upset rejected volunteer had the potential to ruin my day.I've got some guidelines: