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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 23, 2014

Volunteer center sponsoring ‘lunch and learn’ workshop

Jan 31, 2013

The Fairfield Volunteer Center will host a special brown-bag lunch and free workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Public Library.

The program is designed for area agency staff who recruit, work with, coordinate and manage volunteers. It will be presented by Ali Wilson, certified volunteer manager with United Way of Wapello County.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bag lunches and share cider, cheese and crackers provided by the volunteer center while gathering tips from an expert in the field.

“This session will cover the basics of recruitment and placement for organizations using volunteers in any capacity,” Wilson said. “Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about tailoring recruitment messages for diverse groups, creating volunteer job descriptions and using these strategic tools to ensure volunteers are well matched with positions targeted to their interests and strengths.”

The workshop is made possible through two grants to Fairfield Volunteer Center: Volunteer Generation Fund, a federal grant program of the National Corporation for Community Service, which is administered in Iowa by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service; and Local Option Sales Tax funds from the city of Fairfield.

The Fairfield Volunteer Center focuses on strengthening Fairfield as a caring community, with the goal of building civic engagement and community connectedness through opportunities in support of meeting basic human needs, environmental stewardship, veterans, disaster preparedness and health and wellness.

To this end, the center assists area nonprofits in building their capacity to provide services by clarifying and maximizing the role of volunteers.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to get involved, call the Fairfield Volunteer Center at 209-9045, email FairfieldVolunteers@gmail.com or stop by the center’s office in the Fairfield Public Library.

Visit the Fairfield Volunteer Center on Facebook and at its website www.fairfieldvolunteercenter.org and follow the link to Volunteer Solutions to find opportunities posted by area nonprofits.

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