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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ridgedale Library-12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, 55305
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    With increased pressure on volunteer managers to achieve greater outcomes with fewer resources, it can be hard to balance what’s best with what’s feasible. That’s where technology can come in.  When used appropriately, technology can be a valuable tool for increasing capacity, help streamline processes, make information and support more easily accessible, and provide you with instant access to your volunteers. A bit of tech savviness can go a long way in showing the 21st century volunteer that your organization is current and in-touch with the latest trends. In this session, we will focus on free and low-cost tools that are easily accessible to all and can be creatively utilized to support volunteer administrators in recruiting, retaining, training, orienting, managing, and supervising volunteers.


    Please join trainer Molly Frendo (University of Minnesota Extension- bio below) for this interactive workshop where you will learn about technologies currently being used in the field of volunteer management to make volunteer managers' lives a bit easier.

    • First, you will learn how the adult volunteer population is already using technology to better understand your audience and determine the most effective approach.
    • Next, Participants will consider how technology they and their volunteers are already familiar with can be used in innovative ways to build capacity in programs. Examples of technologies covered include social media, video conferencing, scheduling tools, Google tools, screencasting and webinar tools.  We will not be looking at paid tools designed specifically for volunteer management.
    • A list of best practices will be generated and shared and participants will walk away with resources that will help them to be better prepared to use social media and educational technology to more effectively manage their volunteer programs.
    Molly Frendo is the State Program Director for Volunteer Systems at the University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Youth Development. For the last five years, Molly has been an active presenter in the area of using technology to build capacity in volunteer-driven programs. She presented at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents conference in the areas of designing engaging webinars and using virtual communities to support volunteers. Molly has led countless professional development webinars related to utilizing technology in volunteer programs including social media and professional boundaries, advanced social networking, supporting families through military deployment using technology, and supporting volunteers from initial interest to reality of service. In 2013, Molly presented several technology related sessions at the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism including "Using Technology to Build Capacity in Volunteer Programs" and "Supporting Volunteer Retention through Virtual Communities." She closed a conference with a keynote speech titled "Finding your Sense of Adventure: Technology and the 21st Century Volunteer." 

    Cost:  $45 for MAVA Members, $60 for Non-members

    Hosted by:  MAVA Professional Development Committee

    • Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • United Hospital, 333 Smith Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102

    The “Talk & Walk” series features a presentation from the hospital’s volunteer leader about a unique volunteer program they offer or a specific area in which they’ve had success. Learn ways to improve and enhance your own volunteer program. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the facility, and wrap up with lunch and networking.
    Save the Date: Please save Wednesday, August 27, 2014 for our third “Talk & Walk” at United Hospital to learn about the “Camp United” Junior Volunteer Summer Program.

    Camp United is United Hospital's summer volunteer program for middle and high school students age 14-17. Six, two-week camp sessions are offered throughout the summer. Camp United participants who volunteer at least 24 hours during the school year receive priority placement in Camp United 2014. Camp United is the perfect solution for busy students who want to impact the community by volunteering.

    COST: $10/Tour

    9:30am – Hospitality
    10-11am – Program Presentation
    11am – Noon – Facility Tour/Lunch (optional, lunch is on your own)

    We will be hosting two more “Talk & Walk” events throughout 2014. Each event will include morning snacks, parking validation and the above presentation. 

    If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please contact us.

    The event will be open to both healthcare and non-healthcare attendees. Please help us spread the word.

    • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    • 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • Salvation Army, 20 NE 1ST Ave, Rochester, MN 55906
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    Original curriculum by Betty Stallings, adapted by MAVA

    Earn your Certificate in Volunteer Leadership by completing an 8-topic training series in two days.

    Gain a way to demonstrate your expertise and professionalism to employers, peers and the community.

    If you are new to the field or are looking for rejuvenation in your career, please join us!

    Register today!

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    • Capturing Volunteer Motivation and Conducting Effective Interviews
    • Planning for Retention
    • Managing Risk
    • Recruiting Volunteers 

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    • Supervising Volunteers
    • Positioning Your Volunteer Program for Success
    • Singing Your Praises…Measuring Your Impact
    • Recognizing Volunteers

    Click here for more information on the Volunteer Leadership Training Series.

    Scholarships are available!  Scholarships must be submitted by August 15. Contact the MAVA office

    Join MAVA today and register at the member rate! 

    MAVA members, please log in to receive the member rate.

    Questions?  Email the MAVA office or call us at 651-255-0469.

    Directions will be provided with registration confirmation.

    Cancellation Policy 
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • Friday, May 15, 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN


    2015 Conference on Volunteer Administration 

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