About Us

The Everyone Ready® Volunteer Management Skill-Building Program delivers quality training and regular communications to learners within your network. Learners can access all the resources on their own, at any time.

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. The program has continued to evolve, and today we offer three levels of membership to meet all learning needs: Organization, Team, and Individual. 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.

The program was developed by Energize, Inc., recognized around the world for providing exceptional resources for leaders of volunteers since 1977. Training and support for our network of learners is provided by our associate directors:


Sheri Wilensky Burke

Sheri Wilensky Burke has more than 30 years of experience working with national non-profit organizations and understands that volunteers are the soul of any non-profit.  She empowers organizations to develop volunteer-based projects and volunteer leaders, and as president of Sheri Wilensky Burke Consulting LLC offers consultation and training in volunteer management, board development and special events. Prior to developing her own business, Sheri was the Director of Volunteer Management & Board Development for the American Lung Association National Headquarters for 12 years. She has also worked for Volunteers of America’s Greater New York Branch, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City Chapter. Sheri previously served as President of the New York Association for Volunteer Administration (NYAVA) and also served on the national board of the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA). 


Betsy McFarland

Betsy McFarland is a principal at Adisa, a consulting firm dedicated to helping purpose-driven individuals and organizations unleash talent and achieve impact. Betsy has more than 20 years of experience in maximizing volunteer engagement in the animal protection, much of it with The Humane Society of the United States. She was the first to launch comprehensive volunteer engagement training for the animal sheltering field, authoring the book, Volunteer Management for Animal Care Organizations, and publishing research on staff-volunteer relationships. She worked with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to develop a research-supported Volunteer Program Assessment model that serves nonprofit volunteer programs across the U.S. and Canada. 
 

Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. If these words are in your vocabulary—volunteer, community service, membership development, auxiliary, community organizing, service-learning, lay ministry, pro bono work, supporter, friends group, political activist, service club—we can help! Since 1977, Energize has assisted organizations of all types with their volunteer efforts— whether they are health and human service organizations, cultural arts groups, professional associations, schools, units of government, or any setting involving volunteers.

Our free site, www.energizeinc.com, is widely-recognized internationally as one of the most comprehensive resources available for leaders of volunteers. Energize also publishes the quarterly online subscription journal, e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community, www.e-volunteerism.com, which started in 2000.

We have conducted consultations and trainings with clients all across the United States and Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australasia. Known for our extensive knowledge of the volunteer management field and our ability to tailor our consults and workshops to the unique needs of an organization, we can promise positive results.

Energize is one of a very small number of publishers who specialize exclusively in volunteer management materials. We have established a reputation for producing (or finding) quality electronic resources that meet the real-life needs of leaders of volunteers. These resources are featured in our Online Bookstore, where we sell over 80 titles from sources on three continents.

Our President, Susan J. Ellis, is acknowledged as a leading edge speaker and writer, always advocating for the strongest vision of volunteer involvement around the globe. Susan is the dean of the Everyone Ready program; Sheri Wilensky Burke and Betsy McFarland – each highly credentialed in volunteer management – are the Associate Directors.

Energize has unparalleled relationships with a network of volunteerism trainers and other specialists, selecting the best to provide the highest quality materials and training programs for Everyone Ready®

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