Livin’ the Volunteer Maryland Dream

In Volunteer Maryland world, the key players in the partnership — VMCs, their Site Supervisors, and the VM Support Team — are rarely all together in the same room.  But Wednesday was one of those treasured days. We all met on the Eastern Shore at Chesapeake College for a great day of training.  We talked a lot about the fact that our current partnerships throughout the state of Maryland will end in three months, and yesterday provided a unique opportunity for staff from our partner organizations to speak with their Volunteer Maryland Coordinators about how to keep their volunteer programs robust after the service year ends. We even calculated our partner organizations’ return on investment in their volunteer programs, with an eye toward persuading each organization’s decision makers to continue allocating resources for volunteers.

After an afternoon of stimulating roundtable discussions about topics such as creating a culture of volunteerism, and how generational theory informs volunteer management, we bid each other adieu and went on to enjoy the rest of the beautiful spring day.  For some of us, that meant a visit to the nearby Adkins Arboretum, where we met a few goats, checked out the Children’s Garden and admired the rain garden.

Nina Lewis, VMC at United Communities Against Poverty bonds with Kelli Magaw, VMC at Adkins Arboretum on Joint Training Day
Nina Lewis, VMC at United Communities Against Poverty bonds with Kelli Magaw, VMC at Adkins Arboretum on Joint Training Day.

Kara Gross, VMC at Maryland Coastal Bays checks out Adkins Arboretum with her Site Supervisor, Bill
Kara Gross, VMC at Maryland Coastal Bays, checks out Adkins Arboretum with her Site Supervisor, Bill Mahoney.

Goats frolic on a picnic table at Adkins Arboretum.
Goats frolic on a picnic table at Adkins Arboretum.

Kelly MacBride-Gill plays in the Children's Garden at Adkins Arboretum.
Kelly MacBride-Gill plays in the Children’s Garden at Adkins Arboretum.