Volunteer Coordinators Network (VCN)

The Volunteer Coordinators Network (VCN) offers volunteer professionals the chance to meet other individuals in Itasca County who are involved in the recruitment, retention, and leadership of volunteers. Membership is free, with each member taking an active role in strengthening the network.

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Inaugural Meeting

Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Cohaus 423 NE 6th Ave Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Admission:
Free

The Volunteer Coordinators Network (VCN) will meet quarterly beginning on December 15th, 2022. Meetings will present a chance for members to get to know each other, share their challenges and successes, and identify opportunities for collaboration and improvement. Network members will contribute to the network by hosting meetings, presenting on various topics, attending brainstorming sessions, and/or responding to information requests.

As outlined in our 2022-2027 Impact Goals, United Way aims to strengthen volunteerism across the Itasca area. Through this work, we aim to support volunteer engagement professionals through peer networking, training, and resources to help recruit, retain, and engage volunteers to better deliver on their missions.

We offer capacity building opportunities that are free for any nonprofit organization to utilize:

  • Volunteer Coordinators Network (VCN)
    The Volunteer Coordinators Network (VCN) offers volunteer professionals the chance to meet other individuals in Itasca County who are involved in the recruitment, retention, and leadership of volunteers. Membership is free; each member is expected to contribute to the growth of the VCN by hosting a meeting, presenting on a topic, attending brainstorming sessions, responding to information requests, etc. The VCN will meet quarterly, beginning December 15th, 2022.
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  • Volunteer Opportunities Database
    In 2020, United Way launched Bonfire, the Itasca Area’s hub for nonprofit volunteer service opportunities. The platform provides an all-in-one platform for managing volunteer opportunities and documenting community engagement. Projects are available for individuals and groups alike. By registering your organization, you have access to a variety of resources, including:

    • Organizational profile on the site
    • Promotion of volunteer and project opportunities, as well as job openings and events
    • Corporate and group volunteering
    • Receive ongoing volunteer referrals through the site and inclusion in marketing efforts
    • Engage, manage, track and report volunteer hours virtually from anywhere (cloud-based)
    • Training and support from United Way staff
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If you’d like to learn more about resources available to nonprofit organizations in the region, we invite you to visit our Nonprofit Resources page, create an organizational profile on Bonfire, or sign up for nonprofit updates. You can also connect with us at 218-999-7570 or info@uwlakes.org.

In addition to our own initiatives, United Way collects and compiles additional tools and opportunities that may be helpful to volunteer coordinators in the region.

Networking & Professional Development Opportunities

MAVA District Council Meeting – NE Region: January 11th | 1:00 p.m. | Virtual | Free
Join MAVA and Head of the Lakes United Way for a virtual District Council Meeting of the NE Region! Attendees will have a chance to connect with other volunteer engagement leaders in Northeast Minnesota, discuss dedicated volunteers who are resistant to change in your program, ask questions, and more. This bi-monthly event is free and open to all volunteer engagement leaders in NE Minnesota. Register

Find more resources for nonprofits on our Nonprofit Resources page.

Volunteer Portal

The Itasca area's volunteer portal ignites action in Itasca-area communities, connecting nonprofit organizations with dedicated, caring volunteers throughout the region.

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