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Volunteer Leadership Training set for Sept. 15, 22

September 5, 2018

Have you heard the saying, “you only get out what you put in”? That saying is just as true for neighborhoods and communities as it is for other things in life. Our neighborhoods and community are only as good as we make it, and volunteer groups are often the ones that help us reach that higher level. Volunteers give extra time and energy to help advance causes and projects within our community, because they know that volunteer work is key to a great community. But it isn’t always easy, volunteer groups have to overcome obstacles and navigate through group processes to be successful.

Common obstacles that volunteer groups face include access to resources, inability to recruit enough volunteers, and lack of information to develop and implement plans. Volunteer groups also have to navigate the tricky waters that are group processes, without having the incentive of paying people to do the work. Volunteer groups have to balance different interests and viewpoints, they have to manage conflict and reach consensus, and they have to create and implement plans. All of this makes volunteer work more difficult, but NeighborWorks Pocatello can help.

NeighborWorks Pocatello’s 3rd Annual Volunteer Leadership Training offers 12 different workshops to provide volunteers and volunteer leaders with the skills they need to overcome these obstacles and navigate group processes. Workshops are based on NeighborWorks America’s Building Leaders, Building Communities leadership training, but have been updated to reflect new information and local conditions. Local subject matter experts will teach the workshops, ensuring they are relevant and engaging. The workshops will cover a variety of topics and are designed to benefit all volunteers—whether they are just starting out or have been volunteering for years.

Workshops are grouped to make it easier for volunteers to develop entire skill sets, but attendees can choose any courses they are interested in. The group formation workshops provide knowledge and skills in the areas of team building, volunteer management, and information gathering. The group communication and facilitation workshops will help attendees better understand group facilitation processes, conflict management, and member recruitment and retention. The change making workshops are designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for groups to develop and implement plans to make changes.

The Volunteer Leadership Training will take place Sept. 15 and 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at ISU’s Continuing Education Building. The registration fee is $15 for one day or $25 for both, with scholarships available to those in need. For more information and a complete list of workshops visit www.nwpocatello.org and click on Volunteer Leadership Training, or contact Lisa at (208)232-9468 or lsmith@nwpocatello.org.

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