Training is an important key to effective volunteer management. See below for volunteer
manager training opportunities in Iowa.
This specialist certificate program is designed for anyone interested in improving
their management skills when working with volunteers and volunteer programs. Areas
covered include starting a volunteer program, recruiting and recognizing volunteers,
evaluating and supporting volunteers and developing your program. Completion of
the certificate program includes successful completion of the six core courses in
the series along with additional training.
For more information, visit DMACC’s site at
Among the Business Careers courses in the Business & Professional Development
section are classes on Recruiting, Screening, and Placing Volunteers; Orientation
and Training of Volunteers; and others dealing with the development and management
of volunteer programs. Check in with Kirkwood to find out the most recent course
For more information, visit Kirkwood’s site at
Iowa currently has several Hands On Network Member Action Centers. While Iowa has
many volunteer connector organizations, the centers on this list have received the
affiliation from the national organization. Often, these centers offer their own
Volunteer Management training. You may find out more information on each by visiting
their websites or contacting them using the information listed below. To find a
complete list of affiliated centers across the country, visit the Hands On Network
website at: http://www.handsonnetwork.org/actioncenters/find.
The ICVS often sponsors sessions on professional volunteer management at our annual
conference. Visit the Training and Recognition section
of our website to learn more.
Volunteer Manager Networking/Associations
DOVIAS (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies). Many local communities have associations
that serve to link volunteer managers to discuss best practices and network.
Training and professional development opportunities should not be limited to volunteer
managers, but should be offered to volunteers themselves. Many people volunteer
as a way to improve their skills, or develop their abilities in a new area.
All volunteers at your organization should be offered an initial orientation. Beyond
the initial orientation, however, you should also offer ongoing training opportunities.
You can be creative—not all training sessions must be provided on-site or in-person.
Make use of your partners, online resources, and the skills of other volunteers
in order to provide opportunities to enhance and develop the skills of your volunteers.
For more volunteer training resources, visit the National Service Resource Center