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. All sessions are 10 AM to 12:00 noon. 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! 

Watch for Upcoming Dates & Topics to be Added

Completed in 2020
  • 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