Last Thursday, Seattle Works, HandsOn Greater Portland, and the United Way of King County Volunteer Center gathered at UWKC for an all day joint staff retreat. We mixed, we mingled and we shared ideas.
What ties us all together? We have one common goal: engaging volunteers in our communities. Through the HandsOn Network, volunteer centers across the country are connected with each other in our efforts to make an impact. Whether it be one-off volunteer opportunities like Hot Projects; volunteering with a team of friends through Team Works; or training the next wave of volunteer leaders in board service or volunteer leadership.
All of our organizations differ, of course, but we help each other out, sharing resources, ideas and even program models.
Our day started out with an icebreaker (duh! I think you all know how much we love icebreakers!) and moved into “What’s Up with your Center?” During this session we all shared about our programs, staffing structure, philosophy around engaging volunteers and what is unique about our organization. Let me tell you right now, all three of us are pretty rad!
We then broke out into affinity groups the rest of the day focusing on: Agency Support & Relationships, Training & Leadership Development, Events & Days of Service, Volunteer Centers in United Ways, Social Media, Disaster Preparedness, and a few others. It was a full day of hearing best practices, what hasn’t worked for other centers and overall resource sharing.
We had a blast getting to know some of our colleagues in the region. Thanks to HandsOn Greater Portland for traveling to Seattle and to UWKC for hosting us! We had a blast getting to know everyone and look forward to the many more opportunities to gather in the future!