Continuing Education

NPM: Volunteers: Your Hidden Resource

Instructors:  Chuck Carson, PhD, and Cheryl Carson PhD

Fee: $84, 2 classes

Schedule:  Tuesdays ♦ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
                   November 5 and November 12

Making a difference, having fun, fulfilling a requirement, honing skills, and making contacts are only a few of the reasons that volunteers are willing to offer you their time, energy, and expertise. Whatever their motivations, your organization must help volunteers feel that their involvement is worthwhile, fulfilling a personal or community purpose. In the Four Corners there is a limited pool of potential volunteers and a seemingly unlimited number of organizations that need them. This class will cover keys to attracting, training, and retaining a vital group of volunteers who can leverage the efforts of paid staff. Its approach will reflect both components– the organization and the volunteer–of the effective partnership that must develop for your volunteer program to be successful. Attendees will leave understanding the critical steps and tools necessary for managing a successful volunteer program.

Cheryl Carson, Ph.D., and Charles Carson, Ph.D., bring to their class a long history of volunteer activities and programs. They met while volunteering their time in student government at Purdue University, and their volunteering habit has continued throughout 43 years of marriage. Coming from diverse academic disciplines, with Chuck’s Ph.D. combining Engineering and Mathematics and Cheryl drawing from Education and Psychology, they have found a way to meld their styles and interests, working together in a variety of volunteer situations with non-profit, educational, professional, and governmental organizations. Both were in New York City with the Red Cross for four weeks in October 2001 after the World Trade Center attacks; and together they organized and for seven years coordinated the community volunteer program at Mesa Verde National Park, a program that in its first year won the Park Service’s award as the nation’s outstanding volunteer program. In addition, they have coordinated the volunteer support for numerous one-time and annual events in Durango; and they are active in the Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College -- as committee members for the Host Family Program and Engineers Without Borders.Their different perspectives and their broad experience with volunteer programs, some well run, some not, allow them to consider both the personal and organizational challenges and rewards associated with successful volunteer programs.

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