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United Way VIP Manager Corps:
A Temporary Boost in Staffing to Help you Grow Your Volunteer Engagement Efforts. 

United Way's VIP Manager Corps, delivered in partnership with 501 Commons, helps local nonprofits develop and sustain effective volunteer engagement programs and practices. Participating organizations will receive a Volunteer Manager Corps (VMC) Member who will serve approximately 10 hours per week to help develop the essential tools and systems needed to more effectively engage volunteers.

There are two ways your organization can participate in 2016:

Summer 2016 Cohort

  • June-September; Space for only six organizations
  • Receive a volunteer who will serve 10 hours per week for 150 hours
  • Complete 3-5 projects that improve your volunteer program

Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Cohort

  • October-May; Space for only twelve organizations
  • Receive a volunteer who will serve 10 hours per week for 300 hours
  • Complete 6-10 projects that improve your volunteer program

In 2014 every participating organization was satisfied with their experience of hosting a MC Member, believed VIP Manager Corps helped their organization operate more effectively and made a positive difference in their ability to accomplish their mission.

"Our volunteer turned our volunteer management into something workable, usable, and accessible. It would have taken us years to catch up to where we are today in less than a calendar year. Thank you!"
--Brandy Andersson, Eastside Legal Assistance Program

"I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program!  It has done wonderful and crucial  things for our organization."
--Chris Spahn, Birthday Dreams

"We are so glad that we participated in this program. Our MC Member was exceptional and now we are in a much stronger position as an organization, not only in terms of the volunteers we have been able to bring on, but also in the inrastructure we have built for the future."
--Jeanne Chowning, Rainier Scholars


The VMC Member will boost your organization's capacity to engage volunteers. VMC Members will be used in addition to current volunteer engagement efforts for additional, sustained benefit (not to serve as a replacement of current staff work). Organizations will work closely with their VMC Member to identify volunteer program needs, implement projects, track results, and ensure that improvements are sustained long-term.

You might use a VMC Member to help your organization create or update:

  • a volunteer recruitment plan
  • a volunteer handbook
  • volunteer position descriptions
  • a volunteer orientation and trainings
  • a volunteer recognition plan
  • volunteer recruitment, screening, and placement activities
  • many more possibilities listed here

Is Your Organization Eligible?

VIP Manager Corps is designed for human services organizations within King County with a strong commitment to engaging and supporting volunteers. The program is free. Eligible organizations will have the following:

  • A 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored organization with a human services mission. 
  • At least a two-year operating history.
  • At least two paid staff.
  • An active board that meets regularly.
  • A minimum annual budget of $100,000.
  • A physical location in King County. 

46 organizations have improved their volunteer engagement efforts by hosting a VMC member.
Organizations that are a good fit will generally have the following already in place:

  • A workspace that the VMC Member can use for at least 10 hours a week preferred OR remote access to staff, documents, and other resources the VMC Member will need.
  • Community members that are already helping deliver services or a volunteer program. If your organization does not currently have a volunteer program but is committed to using the VIP Manager Corps program to launch one, please provide us with information that demonstrates why you are ready to develop a successful program.

Who are VMC Members?
VMC Members are community volunteers with diverse backgrounds, strong people skills, and a commitment to service. Although VMC Members will have volunteering experience, they are not experts in volunteer management and will still rely on your oversight and guidance. 

Organizational Commitment. The supervisor can expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week (8-12 hours per month) throughout the program. The supervisor will need to have the capacity to supervise, regularly meet with, and support the VMC Member as they would any other new staff member with the organization. This includes providing a safe place to work, clear directions, access to needed information, and day-to-day oversight of projects.

Additional Benefits: Once you complete your program year you will be eligible for additional benefits just for VIP alum organizations. Benefits have included additional capacity building grants, small grants to support group volunteer projects and preferred status for some corporate volulnteer opportunities. 

Application: Recruitment for VIP Manager Corps begins November 2015. 
If you are interested in VIP Manager Corps you can learn a bit more about this opportunity here
If you'd like to be contacted in November when we begin recruitment, 
please submit a short form here.  
Questions?  Email us at

Do you know someone who's make a great VMC Member? They can receive training, support, and a $400 or $800 (depending on cohort length) United Way Service Award while they serve. Learn more about how to volunteer here.Email Jan Burrell. 

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