Join Us at Days of Caring and Campaign Kickoff Luncheon

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 11:30-1pm


Madison Mallards Duck Pond

2920 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704

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Dave Tatro
United Way of Dane County

Join colleagues, volunteers and community members at our annual community cookout, sponsored by American Family Insurance, which recognizes the important work volunteers are accomplishing in Dane County and kicks off the 2016 United Way of Dane County Campaign. There will be a free lunch along with entertainment by Super Tuesday! Enjoy the music and games with a hot dog, burger, or veggie burger. If you are interested in participating in a volunteer project and/or coordinate a donation drive, please visit:


Days of Caring – RSVP

Days of Caring – Volunteer & Donation Drive Registration

2016 Days of Caring - Volunteer & Donation Drive Registration

The biggest volunteer event in Dane County is calling your name! With 3,000+ volunteers, Days of Caring is three days to give your time and energy to strengthen local non-profits, help increase volunteerism, and make an impact on the lives of individuals. Increase employee engagement and create a great team building opportunity by signing up for a volunteer project that allows you to create change locally. In addition, consider hosting a donation drive to build camaraderie at your workplace and allow everyone an opportunity to be a part of this special event.
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Volunteer Management Training Series

Registration Fee: $18.00 per session or $90.00 for the full series
Where: Anderson United Way Center
2059 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
What’s Included?

  • Individual and group activities
  • Participant workbook and resources
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues from other organizations
  • Continental breakfast
  • Certification for completion of series

Contact: Kathy Martinson
United Way of Dane County
(608) 246-4356

Sponsored by:

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This training series, modeled on national best practices, provides the practical tools you need to create a dynamic, results-oriented volunteer program – one in which volunteers thrive, your agency excels and you can take pride. Through this training series, you will:

  •   Engage in sessions that are rich with content to help you create a dynamic, responsive and highly functional volunteer program
  •   Learn the latest in volunteer management
  •   Network with others in the field

The next Volunteer Management Training Series is currently being planned for January 2017.


Session 1 – Understanding Volunteering/Planning and Building a Solid Foundation

  •   Explore the local volunteer landscape
  •   Identify the elements of volunteer management
  •   Identify social motivators and their application
  •   Understand the importance of planning for a volunteer program
  •   Write a purpose statement for your volunteer program
  •   Determine criteria for appropriate roles for volunteers
  •   Write a volunteer position description
  •   Identify the basic tenants of risk management
  •   Identify resources needed to manage an effective volunteer program

Session 2 – Recruitment & Placement: Matching Volunteer Skills with Service Needs

  •   Describe the importance of a position description for purposes of volunteer recruitment and placement
  •   List the steps for developing and implementing a targeted recruitment strategy
  •   Craft a volunteer recruitment message that sells the benefits and shares the features
  •   Define techniques used for screening, interviewing and matching volunteers with positions

Session 3 – Training and Orientation: Achieving Service Excellence

  •   Articulate the importance of orienting and training volunteers to perform service effectively and enjoyably
  •   Describe the steps in planning volunteer orientation and training
  •   Assess volunteer training needs
  •   Develop effective volunteer training strategies

Session 4 – Supervision: Maximizing the Volunteer Experience

  •   Articulate the benefits of volunteer supervision
  •   Describe the steps of volunteer supervision
  •   List effective ways to reward and recognize volunteers
  •   Apply learning using case studies and scenarios

Session 5 – Evaluation: Improving Results Using Data and Feedback

  •   List the basic steps to conduct an evaluation
  •   Describe the three levels of evaluation
  •   Identify different evaluation methods
  •   Describe important factors to consider when reporting evaluation results

Session 6 – Sharing Your Volunteer Engagement Improvement Plans

  •   Share your action plans
  •   Learn about each others best practices
  •   Graduation/Celebration


Volunteer Management Training Series – RSVP

Breakfast with Champions – The Power of Story

All sessions will take place from 7:30-10:30am at the United Way, 2059 Atwood Avenue, in the 3rd floor Evjue Boardrooms. A full breakfast will be provided.Registration Fee: $15.00 per session or $40 for entire series

Schedule of Event
7:30 am-8:00 am – Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am-11:00 am – Presentation and Q&A

Registration Details
What’s Included?

  • Full breakfast
  • Individual and group activities
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues from other organizations

Contact: Sara Casillas
United Way of Dane County
(608) 246-4383 ext: 6133

Sponsored by:

United Way Volunteer CenterBreakfast with Champions is designed to support experienced volunteer program administrators in taking their volunteer engagement strategy to the next level. In this highly interactive three-part series, participants will learn from expert facilitators as well as from each other. Breakfast with Champions allows participants to share their own expertise, successes, and challenges and leave each session with tangible ideas to take back to their organizations.

You may have heard about the newest wave of interest in storytelling and the positive impact this can have on both the storyteller and the audience. Perhaps you’ve seen a few examples of stories you think are great. Are you actively sharing stories about your volunteer program and the work of your organization? if not, what’s holding you back?

The 2016 The Power of Story series will show you how to strategically tell your story and use narrative as a tool for enhancing your messages.This series will provide you with a platform for you to begin thinking about crafting stories that engage your community, volunteers, staff, and founders. We will explore a variety of techniques for telling appealing stories,including uncovering personal stories to make connections with your audience, using data and stories to effectively communicate impact, and coaching your volunteers to share your story with the rest of the community.

The Power of Story series will include the following sessions:
I. March 30- Outreach and Recruitment
Learning objectives:

  • Describe what “story” telling is in a nonprofit environment
  • Explain why story-telling is a powerful tool for volunteer outreach, recruitment and retention.
  • Find and identify compelling stories within your organization
  • Easily and quickly craft stories that support your goals

II. June 22- Evaluation and Impact
Learning objectives:

  • Identify the different types of evaluation and what stories they lead to
  • Design an evaluation process that will highlight your agency’s successes
  • Frame evaluation results to best show your agency’s success stories
  • Learn what evaluation methods and results best show your story to: funding bodies, the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, volunteers, program participants, and the general public
  • Learn how a compelling story can shape your evaluation

III. October 28- Coaching for Leadership and Advocacy
Learning objectives:

  • Incorporate storytelling to strengthen volunteer/staff relations, volunteer training & supervision, and recognition
  • Prepare volunteers and staff to be stronger advocates for your mission, organization, and program through the use of stories
  • Strengthen your communications (e.g., web, newsletters, presentations) by incorporating compelling narrative

Breakfast With Champions – Registration Form

  • Please tell us if you have any food allergies or dietary concerns, and we will do our best to make accommodations.
  • Please tell us if there are any accommodations we should make to help guarantee your experience is successful.
  • If you send in a check, please make payable to United Way of Dane County, put BWC in the memo, and include a list of names you’re paying for. Please note that there will be no refunds for cancellations less than seven days before the training session. We also cannot guarantee a space until payment has been received, and so encourage paying ahead of time.
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