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VIP Manager Corps: Extra Help to Engage More Volunteers in Your Mission!

20 King County organizations per year receive free part-time help to improve your volunteer program!  United Way's VIP Manager Corps, a partnership between United Way and 501 Commons, places a part-time Volunteer Manager Corps (VMC) Member with your organization for 10 hours per week for about eight months and up to 300 hours. VMC Members will help develop the basic tools and systems needed to more effectively engage with volunteers and community members, helping increase your capacity to deliver services. 

"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

Organizations will work closely wtih their VMC Member to improve your volunteer program through: 

  • Identifying volunteer program needs and goals
  • Implementing solutions that will develop or enhance your volunteer program over the long haul
  • Accessing volunteer management trainings, tools and resources
  • Receiving support from a cohort of peers and guidance from United Way and 501 Commons
  • Ensuring that new tools, systems, and processes are sustainable for your organization after participating in the program.

You might use a VIP Manager Corps 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

Manager Corps Members will be used in addition to current volunteer engagement efforts to result in additional benefit, not as a replacement of current staff work.

We will ask you to report the number of volunteers, number of volunteer hours and number of new volunteer positions created, and the impact of those volunteers on your mission/service levels.

Who is eligible?

The 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
  • 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. Organizations in the Kent, South and North King County area are encouraged to apply.

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.

Getting started. Please prepare the following before applying:

  • Select who among your staff will supervise the VIP Manager corps Member.
  • Decide what results you want to achieve from participating in VIP Manager Corps (you will need to describe these on your application).
  • Do you already have a volunteer that you want to be your VIP Manager corps Member? They can receive training, support, and a $800 United Way Service Award while they serve your organization. Learn more about how to volunteer here.

Organizational Commitment. The supervisor can expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week (8-12 hours per month) throughout the 8-month 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.

Application: Recruitment for 2015 begins Fall 2014. Email Carolyn Cunningham if you would like to be notified when recruitment begins. 

Learn more about the Volunteer Impact Partnership here.

Questions? Interested in volunteering individually as a VIP Manager Corps Member, or know someone who would be great in this role? Email Laura Ciotti. 

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