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VIP Manager Corps: Do you Need Extra Help to Engage More Volunteers in Your Mission?

Apply to be part of United Way's Volunteer Impact Partnership Manager Corps, a program delivered in partnership with 501 Commons. VIP Manager Corps 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 with volunteers and community members.

There are two ways your organization can participate in 2015:

Summer 2015 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 2015-Spring 2016 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

"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

 

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
  • 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.

36 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. 
  • Do you already have a volunteer that you want to be your VMC Member? They can receive training, support, and a $400 or $800 (depending on cohort length) 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 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 2015 begins October 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 VMC Member, or know someone who would be great in this role? Email Jan Burrell. 

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