August 2015: How to make the most of your volunteer program and the most of your volunteering time

Volunteers are key to most stewardship programs. We'll look at volunteer programs from both sides. How does the organization develop and maintain their volunteer program, and how do you as an individual get the most out of the time you spend volunteering? We'll be discussing how to run a stellar volunteer program for your organization, your impact, and your volunteers; how to evaluate and communicate what your volunteer program has to offer in order to recruit the best volunteers for the job; and as a volunteer, how to pinpoint what you want to get out of the experience and match that to the best volunteer opportunity for you.


Jason Frenzel - Jason has been a professional Volunteer Manager for the past 13 years. He has worked for the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation, the Washtenaw County Water Resource Commissioners' Office, and the Washtenaw County Road Commission. As a volunteer, Jason takes a leadership role in professional Volunteer Management organizations, works to increase collaborations between organizations and volunteers in the ecological arena, and facilitates local citizen-based initiatives. Since 2011, Jason has been the Volunteer and Stewardship Coordinator at the Huron River Watershed Council. Jason holds a CVA, an international accreditation for Volunteer Managers.

George Hammond - George started volunteering with the city of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation unit in 2004, and was their "Volunteer of the Year" in 2008. He has volunteered for stream insect surveys with the Huron River Watershed Council for almost as long. He works for the Animal Diversity Web ( and is about to start working as a paid employee of Ann Arbor's NAP as well.

Kori Wotell - I am a happily married, 34 year old, mother of two. I spend my days in sunny Avondale, Arizona as a full time student and volunteer with multiple organizations including the Watershed Management Group, Canyon Breeze PTO (president ), Avondale Little League (volunteer coordinator ), and Canyon Breeze Environment Club (parent sponsor/head ). From a green volunteer to a seasoned board member, I have devoted my life to sharing my passion and commitment to making the world a better place.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 12:00pm
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