Celebrate the life and legacy of Elsie Hillman through service

Elsie ButtonAs our spring 2016 catalog celebrates the life and legacy of Elsie Hillman, a trailblazer when it came to giving back to our community, we offer this new series of classes focused on volunteerism in partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County.  Classes may be taken a la carte ($65 or $55 if paid online) or take all four classes for just $150. Register online!

The Nuts and Bolts of Volunteerism with Lois Mufuka Martin, United Way
Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. – noon
As United Way of Allegheny County expands their focus on volunteerism, and funders increasingly ask for volunteer engagement plans as part of their RFP processes – will you be ready? Organizations that continuously “LEAD” with the support of volunteers, have stronger program outcomes, expanded community relationships and a cadre of thought leaders and advocates to help spread the word about their work.

  • Learning about what your organization does
  • Engaging in an issue that resonates with volunteers
  • Activating their passions through service
  • Doing for others

Group Volunteering: Best Practices for “Done in a Day” Projects with Pittsburgh Cares
Monday, Feb. 22 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Whether your organization has been approached by a major corporation or by a local Girl Scout troop, this session will provide you with helpful tips and proven techniques for a “done in a day” volunteer project. Local experts Deb Hopkins and Chris Hawthorne from The Pittsburgh Cares team will guide you through the planning of your event, while also helping you avoid common pitfalls and ensuring the volunteer project results in a meaningful and rewarding experience for all.

The Many Faces of Volunteers with Jeff Forster, BCNM and Stacy Bodown, Global Links
Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. – noon

Just as diversity of backgrounds affects the leadership and staff of nonprofit organizations, diverse volunteers require certain care. Each person has a different reason for choosing to volunteer and for choosing your organization, and understanding that is key to happy and dedicated volunteers. Today’s volunteer managers must be ready to meet volunteers where they are, and understand what drives them – whether they be millennials, seasoned professionals or retirees. In this session, we’ll marry an analysis of how demographic shifts affect volunteering with real-world lessons learned by one of the region’s busiest volunteer wranglers. We will focus on strategies for matching the right people with the right tasks to meet your organization’s needs and fulfill your volunteers’ purposes.

Measuring the Impact of Your Volunteers with Nancy Iglesias, ESC
Monday, April 25 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Today’s volunteers and funders want to support agencies that use resources efficiently, including volunteer resources.While volunteer numbers are still important, the focus has shifted to the impact those hours have for the clients you serve. This workshop will explore ways to track and report outcomes, and how that information can be used to further engage volunteers and share your story.