Category Archives: Training

Developing a Volunteer Orientation Program

by Megan Welch Last week, I wrote about the importance of developing a volunteer orientation to enhance the experience of your volunteers and create well-rounded volunteer management program for your organization. This week, I will explore the steps towards creating … Continue reading

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Giving Volunteers Feedback That Makes a Difference

by Pete Kontakos and Jessica Edmondson Volunteers can be the lifeblood of any organization – especially many non-profit organizations. As such, retaining trained and experienced volunteers can be critical to the success of your organization. It only makes sense to … Continue reading

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AmeriCorps Members Support Efforts at Critical Health Nonprofit

by Brandy Dupper-Macy and Christine deLorimier AmeriCorps*National Members Brandy Dupper-Macy and Christine deLorimier are on assignment at LifeFlight of Maine, Maine’s only emergency medical helicopter service. While in different roles within the organization, both Brandy and Christine are supporting a … Continue reading

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Volunteers Preserve Maine’s Past for Future Generations

by Rachel Miller Like many of my AmeriCorps colleagues, my position at the Maine Historical Society and Maine State Library encompasses a wide range of projects and responsibilities. However, unlike many other AmeriCorps members, all of the volunteers I manage … Continue reading

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Orientation is the First Step in Training Volunteers

by Jen Lobley Training and orientation are not one in the same. Yet in recent conversations with some of my colleagues, I have noticed that there seems to be a bit of confusion. This became very apparent to me when … Continue reading

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Being a Culturally Competent Volunteer

by Christine Laurel If you volunteer your time and talents through an agency or other community organization or if you work with volunteers, training or recruiting, then you know how important volunteerism is in Maine, providing services and minding the … Continue reading

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Volunteers Matter

By Kaira Esgate I am frequently asked, “Do volunteers really matter?” I suspect that many folks in the volunteer sector would respond to that question in the same way I would (with an emphatic yes, of course!), but what evidence … Continue reading

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Veteran Volunteers

Eileen Reilly Buzzello In Maine we have over 136,000 veterans, and most of them are age 50 or older. Right now most Maine veterans served in the Vietnam War, but within the next ten years, the number of Vietnam War … Continue reading

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Maine VISTA Project Kicks Off With Orientation

Katie Klein Last week a new group of VISTAs started service at nonprofit organizations and agencies across Maine. The VISTA members with Maine VISTA Project have work plans for their year of service in line with the Corporation for National … Continue reading

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Never Stop Learning

By Ann Swain Having been in the profession of managing volunteers for over 30 years in one form or another, it would be easy to believe that I have acquired significant knowledge and wisdom to claim myself to be an … Continue reading

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