Choose Your Own Adventure: Create a Fun Volunteer Activities Program
When COVID-19 shut down in-person services across the world, volunteer programs had to make a choice whether to bid their volunteers farewell or get creative. At Multnomah County Library in Oregon, Liza Dyer, CVA knew she had to pivot. One big shift was Summer Reading, the library’s largest youth volunteer program with nearly 900 in-person volunteers 2019. In the scramble to create something meaningful for the community and volunteers, a street team-esque volunteer program was formed with 222 volunteers advocating for reading in their neighborhoods and online. At the City of Plano, Texas sat Corina Sadler, CVA facing her own crew of teen volunteers ready for news from the volunteer program. While scrolling through social media her plan took shape. What if teens were able to earn hours through a game that featured several ways to stay engaged? This at-home service game was a success and led to other organizations across the country replicating it to engage their teen volunteers.
Session Type60 minute session
- Learn how we shifted traditional in-person volunteer engagement into something worthwhile volunteers could do off-site
- Connect with other attendees to dream up ideas to take back to their organizations
- Get a volunteer recruitment template to engage new or existing volunteers
Target AudienceAnyone who wants to create "choose your own adventure" volunteer opportunities that are meaningful to volunteers and the mission
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Multnomah County Library
I’ve been working and volunteering in the nonprofit and public sectors for over 15 years. I’m currently the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon. Each day is a new day to remove barriers between library services and the community. I collaborate with staff and community members to create meaningful, mission-driven volunteer experiences. I support library staff in developing their volunteer engagement practice. I connect volunteers with information and help them navigate our systems and processes. (One day I hope that last part will be so easy that I won’t need to do it anymore.) Of course, tech is a part of everything I do… from our volunteer management software to online training to digital communications.
Outside of work, I’m never far from a set of knitting needles, yarn, a book, and my family. I’m proud to be an AmeriCorps alum and Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA).
Volunteer Resources Supervisor
City of Plano, Texas - Volunteers in Plano
Corina Sadler, CVA is the Volunteer Resources Supervisor at the City of Plano, Texas. Her work includes supervising their municipal volunteer program of up to 10,000 volunteers a year. Her career spans 15 years in local government and committee work for several professional volunteer management associations. She enjoys providing volunteer management guidance to nonprofits and municipalities to empower the community through volunteerism.
In 2019, Corina received a national IMPACT Award from the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement as an emerging leader displaying exemplary leadership in the field. Corina has been featured speaker on several podcasts and has trained volunteer managers through virtual workshops and in-person presentations. Ms. Sadler holds numerous certificates in the fields of volunteer and nonprofit management along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in applied gerontology and nonprofit management from the University of North Texas. She has been a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) since 2012.