Washington State Society of Directors of Volunteer Services

  • 03 Mar 2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members on the call were Elizabeth Clapp, Ashley Hurayt, Molly Watson, Ceci Wood, Alison Garrison, Pam Keck and Wendy Turner.  Please contact anyone who was on this call for more information.  They are happy to share their position information with you.

    The topics for our call were:

    1. Pet Therapy Programs

    We talked about the different organizations that certify dogs and their trainers and who we all used.  The places were Pet Partners, Canine Companions, and Therapy Dogs International.  Some of us do not use the word Therapy in our program titles.  Instead we use Comfort, ie, Comfort Dogs,or Animal Assisted program.  Seattle Children's received a grant for their program and hired someone to manage the selection and training of the teams.  

    Some members are getting push back by their leaders due to concerns around infection control.  Staff in clinical areas are not supporting this program.

    2. Music Therapy

    Some have a music program, but do not use the word therapy in it.  Those that offer this have specific guidelines on how they select and what type of music they are allowed to play.  People really like it.  

    3. Gift Shop Best Practices/Inventory Mgmt - we didn't discuss because we didn't have any gift shop leaders on the call.

    4. Cell phone use - teens and adults - everyone allows volunteers to have their phones in some capacity.

    Tuality - Allows volunteers to use their phone for texting as long as they step away for phone calls.

    Seattle Childrens - vibrate - no use in the halls and no ear buds

    St. Joe - step away from work area if necessary, otherwise staff off the phone

    Confluence - they discuss "what it looks like to others" when they are on the phone or texting, but to take calls they must step away to handle

    Music Volunteers - Issaquah.doc

    Music Ministry Volunteer Position.doc

     Canine Partner Volunteer.doc

  • 31 Jan 2017 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After the AHVRP conference in 2016 I took all my crazy notes and turned them into a recap of what my takeaways were from the conference.  My notes along with a few presentations are posted in the Education section of the website.  Please know that the Education tab is part of the Member Only section.  AHVRP Conference NOTES.docx

    I hope that you find my notes to be helpful and that the presentations will give you some direction.  You are more than welcome to contact me if you have any questions.  

    Thank you ~Wendy

  • 06 Jan 2017 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations for the Governor’s Volunteer Service awards are open until February 9 at 5pm.


  • 15 Nov 2016 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With 5 generations volunteering we have to balance the differences in work style. 


  • 15 Nov 2016 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What motivates people to volunteer?  Take a look and maybe seeing what motivates people will give you some fresh ideas. 


  • 03 Nov 2016 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn how to overcome internal barriers to identifying and telling compelling stories by clicking on the following link: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/management-tips/staff-volunteers-must-tell-story/

    Courtesy of Wendy Turner, WSSDVS President

  • 03 Nov 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Read more by checking out the following article: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/management-tips/7-things-know-impact-volunteering/

    Courtesy of Wendy Turner, WSSDVS President

  • 03 Nov 2016 4:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click on the following link to learn more: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/news-articles/volunteer-rate-dips-again/

    Courtesy of Wendy Turner, WSSDVS President

  • 19 May 2016 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to the Independent Sector, a volunteer's time in the U.S. is valued at roughly $188 billion for 2015--and volunteers in Washington provide some of the greatest value to organizations. To read more, check out the article by clicking on the following link: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/news-articles/u-s-volunteer-time-worth-188-billion/

    Courtesy of Wendy Turner, WSSDVS President

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