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Webinar Series: Volunteer Screening
Volunteer Alberta invites you to join us for our upcoming seven-part webinar series on volunteer screening. Starting on February 26, 2020, this seven-part series prepares your organization to recruit, screen and retain volunteers.
To register, or find more information about ticket pricing or the event, visit EventBrite.
Is a Police Information Check the only way?
Have you ever asked a volunteer for a police information check? Nonprofit/voluntary organizations in Alberta request police information checks, vulnerable sector checks, and child intervention welfare checks from their volunteers all the time, but not everyone knows why. These checks are a tool to help keep people safe, but are they the only tool you need?
Kick off the first of the seven-part webinar series and learn more about police checks and how you might approach using these checks as part of your volunteer screening process.
Developing Screening Policies and Assessing Risk (co-hosted with The Co-operators)
Policies can be a nonprofit/voluntary organization’s best friend or worst enemy, depending on how you develop them. Your organization’s policies can help you prepare for and address difficult or complex situations your organization may face. For organizations working with vulnerable populations, these situations may even be a daily occurrence! Developing comprehensive policies creates a strong foundation for a robust volunteer screening program.
Learn the basics of policy development and understand how to identify potential risks and liabilities as it relates to volunteer screening.
Volunteer Position Development
Volunteers are the lifeblood of nonprofit/voluntary organizations, but not every nonprofit/voluntary organization considers what each volunteer is capable of. Volunteers aren’t just an extra set of hands – they are people with skills and history!
It can be challenging to recruit and engage volunteers when a volunteer feels interchangeable. Thoughtfully development, mutually beneficial roles and positions can help volunteers feel valued and engaged, while also strengthening your volunteer screening process.
Where to find volunteers (co-hosted with Propellus)
One of the top reasons Canadians don’t volunteer is because they don’t know where to find volunteer opportunities. Often, volunteer organizations also don’t know where to find volunteers! A lack of connection between organizations and their community members can become a significant problem when trying to recruit volunteers.
Learn more about what strategies and platform could be used for finding volunteers and the ways you may be able to leverage community connections.
Volunteer Recruitment and Hiring
Your organization may know where to find potential volunteers, but how do you get them involved with your work? Learn how to ask people to volunteer with your organization and communicate the who, what, how, when, and why of a volunteer position.
This session will cover how to structure the recruitment and hiring process through the use of application forms, interviews, and reference checks.
On-boarding and Welcoming Volunteers
Nobody likes to show up ready to volunteer, only to end up feeling like they’re not really helping. When volunteers show up, they want to feel like they can perform their work effectively and make an impact.
That’s why it’s so important to give your volunteers the information they need when they show up. It’s vital to guide volunteers into their roles, regardless of the position. Learn what might be required to get a volunteer ready to work with your organization and how to make them feel prepared and comfortable.
Despite their giving nature, volunteers burn out too. In the same way employees can become overwhelmed or overworked or exhausted, volunteers can too. Nonprofits often have a core group of volunteers, and if you lose even one member from that group, it can have significant impact on the organization.
Learn more about how a robust volunteer screening program can keep your dedicated volunteers engaged and interested.