Welcome Volunteer Managers!

The Volunteer Center staff have collected an array of resources for you.  We plan to keep updating as we find new information to share.  Please check back from time to time.

If you don’t see a resource that you need, please let us know at [email protected]. Also, remember the Volunteer Center has its own Resource Library at the Appleton office. Come visit anytime!


VAC Fox Cities (Volunteer Action Council) Fox Cities networking group

A local networking association for volunteer managers
Networking:  Monthly meetings, sharing ideas and information with other volunteer coordinators.  Meetings are the third Thursday of the month, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – United Way, Menasha. Usually meets January through November. During the summer months a networking lunch is scheduled. 

Presentations:  Monthly programs on topics of interest to volunteer management.

One Vote:  Have a voice in VAC’s direction, leadership and policies. One vote per agency.

Volunteer of the Week:  Eligible to nominate a volunteer from your organization to be highlighted in the Post Crescent.   The Post Crescent prints the Volunteer of Week (Volunteer Profile) information in the Life Section of the Sunday edition.

Contact the Volunteer Center at [email protected] and we can connect you with the current Membership Chair

AVA (Alliance of Volunteer Agencies) Oshkosh networking group

This group has a similar focus as the Fox Cities group.  Both are affiliated with the WVCA Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association.

Contact the Volunteer Center at [email protected] and we can put you in contact with the AVA Oshkosh networking group.


Volunteer Program Checklist

___ Job Descriptions for each volunteer placement

___ Recruitment plan based on each job’s requirements and the skills needed.

___ Volunteer Application

___ Screening Process in place

___ Orientation and Training planned

___ Space and work area assigned for volunteers

___ On-going plan for volunteer support

___ Method for obtaining volunteer feedback and suggestions

___ Volunteer Retention plan including evaluations and opportunities for advancement

___ Volunteer Recognition plan

The Volunteer Center staff can lead you to resources for the above areas of volunteer management. Contact us at [email protected]

Program Websites for Volunteer Managers

The following websites are the leaders in Volunteer Management

Significant Websites for Sources on Volunteer Management from Volunteer Power

The sites listed here offer an especially substantial amount of free information on many aspects of volunteer management.

Energize is the largest site in the world for leaders of volunteer efforts (over 1200 free pages). Creator Susan J. Ellis is President of Energize, Inc., a training, consulting, and publishing firm that specializes in volunteerism.

e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteerism Community
E-volunteerism is a quarterly electronic publication by consultants Steve McCurley and Susan Ellis of Energize, inc. The website is for volunteer leaders/managers who want to “go beyond the mundane in the volunteerism field.” Every item in the publication is interactive, inviting you to contribute comments and additional materials.

OzVPM: Essential Resources for the Volunteer Program Manager
OzVPM is an Australasian site (and international partner of Energize) with a growing set of documents and links to volunteerism resources in Australia and the Pacific, monthly hot topic essays, and an active online discussion forum. OzVPM was created by Andy Fryar, speaker, author, trainer and volunteer management consultant.

The Source for Youth Ministry
The Source for Youth Ministry is the largest youth ministry website offering free resources to youth ministers and volunteer youth leaders. This is the first site you should go to when you need a quick game or ice-breaker. It’s an excellent resource with tons and tons of cool, free ideas. Author, speaker, youth consultant and trainer Jonathan McKee is the founder and president of “The Source for Youth Ministry”.

Charity Channel

Corporation for National and Community Service


Idealist  (An awesome resource!)

Independent Sector  (value of volunteer time listed under: Understand Our Sector)

Points of Light Institute

Service Leader

Betty Stallings  (The Volunteer Center owns many of Stalling’s products)