Everyone Ready® Volunteer Management Skill-Building Program members range from single individuals, to teams of people from one organization, to the entire networks of large organizations (learn more about all our enrollment options). These Organization members have a system-wide interest in strengthening volunteer involvement and maximizing their organization’s reach in the community. They are concerned with preparing staff (and key volunteer leaders) at all levels to be effective supervisors and liaisons with volunteers.
What Kinds of Organizations Are Members?
Our members include nonprofit organizations, units of government and associations. They have many different missions, causes, and services, but their common denominator is that each accomplishes its goals with, through, or by volunteers. Some deploy volunteers alongside employees, others engage far more volunteers than employees.
Everyone Ready began in 2005 with 13 major national organizations signing on. Since that time, dozens of organizations large and small in the United States, Canada and Australia have taken advantage of the cutting-edge learning provided through Everyone Ready.
Our members continually provide valuable feedback on all the elements of the program and have helped to evolve Everyone Ready into an effective and easy-to-administer training plan.
Which Learners Are the Target Audience?
Each organization contains a range of potential target audiences for the Everyone Ready program and Energize provides material for as many of these as possible. Training may be needed for:
Anyone in the system charged with being a coordinator of volunteers.
- Newcomers with little background in volunteer management.
- Newcomers to the organization, but already skilled in volunteer management in other settings.
- More advanced people.
- Very advanced people!
- Frontline supervisors of volunteers (people who hold many different jobs but come in contact with volunteers on a day-to-day basis) at all levels.
- Those with supervisory skills already (with employees).
- Those who do not supervise other employees.
- Affiliate, branch, or chapter directors – who need to know how to support volunteers and maintain the national standards.
- Middle management – department heads, unit supervisors, and others who will have volunteers within their area of work and have to support the frontline people who are the supervisors of volunteers.
- Boards of directors – not for generic boardsmanship topics (though needed, too!), but on how to govern the volunteer-related aspects of the national and local levels.
- Staff on the national, regional, or state level who act as consultants to local people on volunteer issues (once removed, but need to be knowledgeable).
- Key leadership volunteers who may be project leaders, committee chairs, fundraising chairs, etc.