WEB EXCLUSIVE: Volunteer Center offers workshop for volunteer administrators

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Volunteer Center offers workshop for volunteer administrators


Attracting today’s volunteers and keeping them content takes more than a simple “thank you” bash once a year. Volunteers are more focused, more clear on what they need from a volunteer experience and more keenly aware of where else they can go if they don’t feel rewarded by an organization.

Volunteer managers and others who work with volunteers are encouraged to join the United Way Volunteer Center for the first volunteer management workshop of 2003. “Recognizing Volunteers: Keep Them Coming Back” will be from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the United Way Volunteer Center, 612 N. Main St. in Suite 300.

Workshop presenters Teri McCarthy, director of the Community Volunteer Center in Champaign, Ill., and Kathy Guthrie, director of the Office of Volunteer Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will address issues of providing reward and meaning for today’s volunteers and looking at recognition as a relationship, not an event.

“Today’s volunteers are bright, talented, savvy and self-aware,” says Lana Paris, director of the United Way Volunteer Center. “We need to look at ways beyond the stale practices of the past to recognize and thank our volunteers for the skills they offer our organizations.”

Registration is required, and seats are limited. To reserve a place, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 968-5400, ext. 122. Registration fee is $15.

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