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501 Commons: Virtual Volunteering for Success

May 12 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

“Virtual volunteering” is when your volunteers do their work online, via computers, smartphones, or other devices. The service may be done virtually, but the volunteers are real!

Explore how virtual volunteers can be integrated into an organization’s overall strategy by applying the basic principles of volunteer management. We will address overcoming resistance to online volunteer service; designing virtual volunteering assignments; interviewing and screening online volunteers; managing risk and protecting confidentiality; and utilizing technology to recruit, orient, train and recognize volunteers.

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.