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Below are resources for Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinators to use in order to learn how the United Way Volunteer Connection works, to sign up for the Volunteer Connection, or to trouble-shoot challenges on the Volunteer Connection. If you need more help than these resources offer, reach out to Carrie or Beckie at 802-613-3989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Start Guide (START HERE! Use this guide to sign up, set up, and update all of your nonprofit’s info and volunteer opportunities)
Login to the GMUW Volunteer Connection
Video Resources from our partners at Galaxy Digital, the folks who support our Volunteer Connection database:
- Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinator (Agency Manager) Training: The Experience
- Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinator (Agency Manager) Training: Opportunity Scheduling
- Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinator (Agency Manager Training: Check-In
- Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinator (Agency Manager) Training: User Experience
- Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinator (Agency Manager) Training: Volunteer Self Check-In
We hold periodic trainings to help our nonprofit partners train new staff, stay up to date, learn new tips and tricks, and make the most efficient use of the Volunteer Connection. Stay tuned for the next training date – we try to combine these with peer meetings you can learn from your fellow Volunteer Coordinators!
Thank you sponsors, players, and volunteers! Thanks to you our 2019 Golf Classic was a huge success, raising over $15,000 for our community!
A special thank you for our Silver Sponsors:
Congratulations to all of our winners and to our incredible local businesses who provided prizes for our players!
|Men’s Closest to Pin 4||DRM||Steve Bigras|
|Men’s Closest to Pin 7||Black River/NorthCountry||Jess Dahline|
|Men’s Closest to Pin 13||Nat. Business Tech.||Scott Crossett|
|Men’s Closest to Pin 16||DRM||Connor Garand|
|Men’s Straight Drive 9|
|Men’sLongest Drive 18|
|Women’s Closest to Pin 4||Vermont Mutual||Annett Lamell|
|Women’s Closest to Pin 7||No winner|
|Women’s Closest to Pin 13||No winner|
|Women’s Closest to Pin 16||VSECU||Eileen Mead-Belanger|
|Women’s Straight Drive 9||No Winner|
|Women’s Longest Drive 18||VSECU||Yvonne Garand|
|1st Gross||Granite City Group Fitness||Tullar, Evans, Evans, Garand|
|1st Net||Comm. Nat. Bank||Rubel, Mitiguy, Hughart, Stone|
|2nd Gross||Convenience Plus||McCarthy, Milne, Quinn Maclean|
|2nd Net||Black River/North Country||Robinson, Dahline, Stumpo, Adorisio|
|3rd Gross||Vermont Mutual||Taylor, Stark, Chalous, Thurston|
|Spirit of the Game||VSECU||Gosselin, Bristow, Mead-Belanger, Huysman|
|Smash the Glass Winner||Comm. Nat. Bank||Jay Mitiguy|
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Is your United Way participating in the 2019 National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive? Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 25 years.
Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.
United Way is proud to support the Stamp Out Hunger Fund Drive.
Download the flyer HERE.
April is National Volunteer Month and here at United Way, we know that Volunteers make the world go ’round!
For so many nonprofits, volunteers are the beating heart of our work and make many of our local nonprofit’s missions possible. This month, we want to sing it from the hilltops, so we’re hosting a virtual Volunteer Share!
We’d like your help – get in on the action by printing the “I volunteer because…” sign (link below) and posting a photo of yourself on
How it works:
- Print the sign
why you volunteer! (could be as simple as “because it makes me happy!” or as complicated as you like, just make it legible! There is a word doc in case typing is easier.) in
- Take a selfie or have someone take your photo holding the sign
- Post it on your Facebook page and tag Green Mountain United Way and then post it on our Facebook page (better yet, also tag the organization you volunteer for!)
- Email it to me and we’ll post it on our page and here on this blog post!
On a recent, crisp, cold January morning, over 20 nonprofits were represented in Norwich University’s Kreitzberg Library’s Multi-Purpose room for Green Mountain United Way and Norwich University’s Volunteer Coordinator Panel and Networking event. Carrie Stahler of Green Mountain United Way facilitated a discussion by panelists Greg McGrath from Norwich University, Erin Regan from The American Cancer Society and Patty Connor from Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice to discuss volunteer recruitment, placement, retention, and management from a variety of viewpoints.
Greg organizes campus events and activities throughout the school year working with various student groups to accomplish his work. Greg brought a studied volunteer management perspective and spoke about creating systems that benefit your organization and a volunteer’s interests. Erin’s focus is on working with groups of volunteers regionally to operate the Relay for Life events in Central Vermont and Caledonia County. Erin’s input helped us all learn more about successful outreach and relationship building, working with groups and committees, and she really lit up when talking about how to use social media to reach and communicate with volunteers. Patty brought us the perspective of a smaller nonprofit organization and covered how to engage volunteers in various tasks, how to work with departments who use volunteers to ensure volunteers and staff are working well together.
Nonprofits were engaged and had a lot of general and specific questions that informed the conversation. Nicole Didomenico from Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement hosted the event and shared her experience and ways that Norwich students could help organizations meet their volunteer needs and what limitations faced students that nonprofits should be aware of.
Green Mountain United Way holds volunteer coordinator meetings quarterly alternating between Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom. The next meeting will take place in the Northeast Kingdom in April. To get an invitation, join our mailing list by emailing email@example.com.
The Certified Trainers at Northeast Kingdom Human Services are holding a QPR gatekeeper training for community members:
Thursday, January 31, 2019 10am to noon at NKHS in Derby, Vermont
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:30pm at NKHS offices on Portland Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
To register contact Ruth Marquette at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-334-6744 x 2140
For all details see the flyer: