Always Learning!

How time flies!  It’s December and we’re as busy as ever.  Tomorrow we rejoin all the members of VM24 for our second In-Service Training.  I’m so excited that we’ll be joined by Mickey Gomez, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County.  Mickey is going to talk with us about technology trends in the nonprofit sector, an area where she excels and we can all learn more.

One of my favorite parts of the service year is working with guest trainers like Mickey.  See, no matter how long one works in this field, there’s always something new to learn.  Working with guest trainers is one way we can keep improving our knowledge.  So much about being an AmeriCorps member – and staffing an AmeriCorps program – is about learning.  We have to continually learn in order to provide the best possible services to our communities.

Over the last couple of years we’ve had guest trainers from Business Volunteers Unlimited’s Volunteer Central, Community Mediation Maryland, Purple Cat PR, the Baltimore Sun, and so much more.  Every time is an opportunity to better support our Volunteer Maryland Coordinators and their sites which, in turn, helps create stronger volunteer programs and meet community needs.

This year, we’ve added a new component to our training program – more training for Service Site staff.  We already have three days throughout the service year where the supervisors join the VMCs for training days.  Now we’re implementing a series of webinars for site staff, in an effort to further institutionalize the best practices of volunteer management.

VM24 Joint Training Day in September 2011

We’re working toward sustainable programs and we believe that quality training is one key to meeting that goal.  So, we’ll head into tomorrow looking to learn as much as we can.  Next week, we’ll have our second training webinar.  And we’ll keep on going and keep on learning and keep on improving.

We know we have a strong program, great partners in our Service Sites, and an incredible amount of knowledge, energy, and passion in our Volunteer Maryland Coordinators.  Training helps pull all of that together.  So thanks, in advance, to Mickey for spending time with us tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to learning from you!

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