Friday, June 26, 2020 from 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM CDT
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Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation 
228 w miller
springfield, IL 62702

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Colleen Stone 
Central Illinois Volunteer Conference (CIVC) 

Central Illinois Volunteer Conference (CIVC) Event 

Join us for our annual conference on volunteer management. This year's topic is The Three R's of Volunteer Management: Recruitment, Retention, and Reward-Closing the Gap. We are excited to have nationally known keynote speaker Beth Steinhorn, President of VQ Volunteer Strategies spend the entire day with us!

If the effects of COVID-19 are such that we can't meet face to face, we will convert this conference to online!  Either way, we promise to host the best conference in Illinois!

Event details:

Keynote session: 9:00am-10:30am

Trends In Volunteer Engagement, presented byBeth SteinhornPresident, VQ Volunteer Strategies

Volunteerism is continuously changing. Explore how evolving social, economic, and generational trends affect how organizations attract qualified individuals. Learn how successful organizations are shifting from a traditional program of volunteer management to a robust culture of volunteer engagement by broadening the definitions of the the “three R's” to incorporate new, emerging strategies. Gain tools – and inspiration! –that you can apply immediately in your work to increase your organization’s impact through volunteer talent.

Workshop session I: 10:40-11:50pm

Human Side To Recruitment – Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Solutions

Recruitment is more than simply online ads and speaker’s bureau presentations. Ultimately, successful recruitment comes down to conversations. What does research tell us about what to “do” and how to “be” during these interactions to effectively inspire others to engage with our organizations? Through fun and purposeful activities, this session will introduce a framework and skills to enhance your recruitment efforts through meaningful conversations. From tuning into your prospect’s interests to designing compelling pitches about your organization, participants will leave with new perspectives on recruitment and useful tools to apply immediately – including draft pitches about volunteeringwith your organization.

Micro-volunteerism: A New Approach To Community Action – Jordan Debbink, Communications Director, Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce

The anatomy of Micro Volunteerism • Micro volunteering takes a simple idea – that people are more likely to volunteer their time in short and digestible time slots • People want to know they’re making a difference and that is only possible when they know what needs to be done. • It offers volunteers the opportunity to hone their skills as part of a larger project for the greater good. • Referred to as speed volunteering or microactions. 80% takes place online (social media, online fundraising, blogging, podcasting) • Offline opportunities: Event Committees, community action days, mailings. • 25% of American volunteers lack the time to commit.

Volunteers Across The Ages– Pamela S. Schallhorn, Extension Specialist Community & Economic Development, University of IllinoisExtension

Volunteer Age Matters… One-third of the people that volunteer to assist nonprofits do not donate their time the following year… Not at any nonprofit… According to the research, an estimated $38 billion in volunteer labor is lost. Nonprofit managers need to take a more strategic approach to managing this valuable resource. When people better understand generational differences and approach different generations in a more informed and deliberate way, volunteer turnover can be reduced. In turn, this makes NFPs stronger and more effective at reachingorganizational goals.

Workshop Session II: 12:20 - 1:30 PM

How To Engage Staff With Volunteers – Carmen McCarthy, Development Coordinator, EP!C

Do you struggle with engaging your staff to work alongside volunteers? Do staff think that volunteers are there to replace them? Do staff flat out refuse to work alongside volunteers? Then this session is for you! Learn how to showcase the benefits of volunteers to staff and engage them to work alongside these volunteers. We'll talk about common misconceptions and then some tips and tricks to ensure it's a good experience for everyone involved!

Sticky Situations: Effective Solutions For Everyday Volunteer Challenges – Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Solutions

Volunteers who over commit and under deliver. Individuals who don’t follow protocols – but never in front of you. Veteran volunteers who resist change. A colleague who resists working with volunteers. We all encounter sticky situations at some point. Add in the challenge of hundreds of unique personalities, and we are bound to encounter sticky situations on a regular basis. Learn how to address some of the most common sticky situations, gain strategies to avoid situations in the future, take emotion out of tricky conversations, and protect your organization’s best interests while getting the most out of volunteer contributions.

Tips And Tricks For Showing Appreciation – Abby Brooks, Coordinator of Student Volunteer Programs, CarleVolunteer Services

For any volunteer director/manager/coordinator interested in additional ways to reward your volunteers. The workshop will cover innovative ideas in motivating, engaging, and recognizing them There will be an overview of ways we personally use and ideas from other organizations.