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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 15, 2014

Workshop set for managers of volunteers

Jun 21, 2013

The Fairfield Volunteer Center will host a free Lunch and Learn Workshop from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. June 28 at the Fairfield Public Library.

The workshop is designed for area agency staff who recruit and manage volunteers in any capacity and will be presented by Ali Wilson, certified volunteer manager, United Way of Wapello County. Elaine Hughes, executive director of the Fairfield Volunteer Center, will be assisting.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bag lunches while gathering some tips from an expert in the field.

“This will be a highly interactive, hands-on workshop, with participants producing a solid volunteer job description and a recruitment announcement,” Wilson said. “Each person will also receive a template for creating future announcements.

“In addition,” she continued, “we will introduce a new process and specific tools that will assist area agencies and [the volunteer center] in working together to produce more efficient and effective results in volunteer recruitment.”

The workshop is made possible through two grants to the Fairfield Volunteer Center: a Volunteer Generation Fund grant through the National Corporation for Community Service program administered in the state by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service; and a grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation Community Betterment program.

The Fairfield Volunteer Center focuses on strengthening Fairfield as a caring community by connecting volunteers with a broad array of programs and activities that promote civic engagement and community connectedness.

The center provides services for the community, including supplementing city projects, such as trail and park maintenance, and supporting 1st Fridays Art Walk, FAIRfest, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center events and others that attract tourists; moving the Go-Green Plan forward with tree planting on public lands and weatherization projects; and helping those in need by partnering with Alliant Hometown Rewards, Greater Fairfield Area Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County.

The volunteer center also assists area nonprofits in building capacity to provide services through trainings that help develop the management of their volunteer programs.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to get involved, call the Fairfield Volunteer Center, email FairfieldVolunteers@gmail.com or stop by its office in the Fairfield Public Library.

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

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