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501 Commons: Taking Chances - or Taking Care: Risk Management in Your Volunteer Program

Jul 21 2021 - 2:00pm to Jul 22 2021 - 4:59pm

Most worthwhile endeavors include a certain level of risk. Volunteer programs are no different, though even in these challenging times, risk can be managed.

We will explore the risks that we accept when we engage volunteers, either virtually or in person, how to assess and manage the risks of particular volunteer roles, and the possible implications they might have on volunteers, clients, the organization, and even you - as the volunteer manager! Afterward, you will gain access to resources and tools that will help you more confidently manage risk.

About the Presenter
Nancy A. Gaston, CVA, is a trainer and consultant with her own practice, Gifts Differing. She has been the executive director of a volunteer-staffed crisis line, a county-wide volunteer center, and a volunteer chore service. As a trainer, she has presented sessions on volunteer engagement at local, regional, national, and international conferences. She holds a degree in English and journalism from Eastern Michigan University and a graduate degree in theology from McGill University in Montreal. She is a Certified Volunteer Administrator—CVA—granted by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, and a certified trainer with Oregon Volunteers. Nancy serves or has served on many boards of directors, including those of Clark County YWCA, Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Assistance League Southwest Washington, and Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation.

These workshops are made possible thanks to Serve Washington, United Way of King County, and the Volunteer Generation Fund.