Orientation and Training for Organizations

Agency Orientations

New organizations and new staff with existing organizations are welcome to join us for our monthly overview of our programs and website tools. Attendence required by MCPS for SSL guidelines at initial registration and then at least once every three years. Click on the date to signup.   See Handouts

Orientation Overview: 
You'll get an overview of programs and services, an introduction to using the online database and hints on ways to maximize volunteer recruitment. Organizations that engage high school or middle school students as volunteers will learn about the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Student Service Learning (SSL) program and requirements for community organizations that wish to show on our website as meeting SSL guidelines by MCPS.

Trainings and Help from Galaxy Digital on Get Connected

Our online database of organizations and volunteer opportunities is hosted by Get Connected by Galaxy Digital. Sign up for one of their agency training sessions to learn more about how to manage your organization's account on our website.  

Networking & Training

Join us for workshops and networking sessions on volunteer management and much more! Click the date and title to sign up. 

Volunteer Management Networking and Trainings in 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021 1 pm – 2 pm
Creating Volunteer Position Descriptions 
Writing new position descriptions and updating evolving volunteer position descriptions are an integral component to an effectively managed volunteer program. In this session, learn what goes into a strong position description, creating accurate responsibilities, and how clear positions and responsibilities can help mitigate difficult situations and clarify how volunteers fit into the organization.  

Thursday, November 18, 2021 1 pm – 2 pm (check back later for link to signup)
From New to Lifelong: Building Trust with New Volunteers 
What keeps volunteers engaged and becoming long-term ambassadors for your organization? This session will provide tips and ideas to help you think through your own organization’s strategy for volunteer engagement. 
Completed in 2021 & 2020
  • Thursday May 20, 1 pm - 2 pm - Sharing Ideas About Recruitment
    This is an informal sharing of challenges and opportunities during the pandemic for recruiting volunteers. This is a chance to ask questions and share your own practices with your peer community.
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021. Networking/Sharing Session - Checking in  One Year After the Pandemic: What Have You Learned? This facilitated open discussion will answer some of the following: How has your program changed/will it change going forward? How are you planning to recognize volunteers next month? How have you shifted volunteer work online? 
  • Thursday, January 28 2021 1 pm – 2 pm Volunteer Orientation One reason that volunteers don’t stay with your organization is a lack of orientation and training. Orientation sets up the foundation for a successful relationship with your volunteers. In this session, we’ll discuss what makes for an effective volunteer orientation, the difference between orientation and training, the benefits of a volunteer orientation, and what to consider in preparing your orientation. There will be time for group sharing of practices and ideas. See  Powerpoint - Volunteer Orientation
  • 10/22/20 - Grantwriting 101  See  Powerpoint. This session introduced new grant seekers to the empowering art of grant writing. It is designed for beginning grant seekers and volunteer managers who are looking to become familiar with bringing their volunteers' powerful experiences to the stories we tell in our grant narratives.  Learn how to identify allies in your own agency and about methods for crafting an approach that builds on your compelling service stories and existing agency resources. Presented by Brad Lewis, former Grants Management Specialist at Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS).
  • 9/24/20  - Networking Session - Virtual Volunteering
    It feels like virtual volunteering just started with COVID-19, but it has been around for ages and can be an important part of any long-term volunteer strategy. We'll talk about some best practices, challenges, opportunities in virtual volunteering.  See slideshow.
  • 7/16/20 - Volunteer Management Software Sharing Session. Lea Ann Gross from Montgomery County Animal Services and Corina Sadler from the City of Plano presented on their process and recommendations for volunteer management software. Every organization has its own priorities, but the session provided some resources for comparing software and some of the criteria they used to determine which software package was right for their organization. See  video recording of Zoom session. Handouts: See detailed comparison of applications done by MCASAC. See pricing sheet for Volunteer Impact provided by Corine Sadler.
  • 6/4/20 - Sharing Session on Volunteer Management During COVID-19. Also info on tracking hours and other website tools.  
  • 4/30/20 -  Virtual Networking and Sharing Session on Nonprofit Need during COVID-19 Pandemic .
  • 2/5/20 - Interviewing & Screening Volunteers
Completed in 2019