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Volunteer engagement training coming to Great Bend
Workshop to help groups find, utilize volunteers
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The face of volunteerism in America is changing, while at the same time the need for those volunteers growing. This challenging dilemma facing nonoprofits and other organizations will be the topic of a Jan. 7 Volunteer Engagement Training workshop sponsored by RSVP and Volunteers in Action of Central Kansas.

It will take place that Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the basement meeting room at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams. Workshop fee is $25, and that includes materials and lunch.

Those interested in registering can do so online at or by calling RSVP at 620-792-1614. The sign-up deadline is Friday, Jan. 3.

“More than ever before, volunteer time and talent are crucial to addressing our communities’ needs,” said RSVP of Central Kansas Director Linn Hogg. “It’s time to take your best practices in volunteer engagement to the next level in order to sustain your organization’s engagement efforts and ensure volunteer contributions are meaningful and rewarding.”

During this workshop, attendees will explore the foundations of engagement that will help them build their capacity and meet their organizational goals, Hogg said. They will learn from real-life case studies, discover new tools that can help them advance their practice, and leave with ideas and tactics they can begin to apply immediately. 

The program presenter is Beth Steinhorn, president of Centennial, Colo.-based VQ Volunteer Strategies. She partners with organizations and their leadership to increase their impact through strategic and innovative engagement.

The author of multiple books and articles on strategic volunteer engagement, Steinhorn is a popular speaker and trainer, known for her presentations. She has worked as an executive director and marketing director for education and faith-based organizations and spent years working with museums as an educator, manager and anthropologist.

Participants will:

• Gain understanding of the volunteer landscape including what motivates today’s volunteers to serve and what factors affect how organizations are engaging volunteers.

• Understand how successful organizations are embracing a culture of engagement.

• Be able to articulate the benefits of shifting from volunteer program to engagement strategy.

• Be prepared to enhance their volunteer position descriptions, recruitment strategies, and support tactics for greater impact.

Topics will include:

• The State of volunteerism

• Strategic Volunteer Engagement

• Assessing your organization’s engagement practice

• Leading practices

• Creating strategic volunteer roles

• Cultivating volunteers

• Setting up for success- on-boarding, training, and support

Workshop provided through a grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission and the Volunteer Generation Fund.