About the Members
Everyone Ready Volunteer Management Skill-Building Program member organizations 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.
Our members are nonprofit organizations and units of government. 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 (see list in column to the right).
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.
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 or branch 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.
When it comes to volunteer management best practices, the staff of volunteer-involving organizations have much more in common with each other than differences. Therefore, one goal of Everyone Ready is to create a “learning community” to share experiences and cross-fertilize ideas. Our expert trainers answers questions and discuss issues in the Ask Your Questions section. This means your learners have direct access to an expert in the field 365 days a year. It permits learners to get advice on applying the general information to the specific situations they encounter on the ground - both from the trainer and from other learners in all member organizations (permitting cross-fertilization of ideas and proof of the universality of volunteer management principles). Learners may opt in or out of receiving direct e-mails notifications of posts for each topic.
In addition, we strongly encourage all member organizations to form study teams of people from the same site (such as a unit, affiliate, or branch office), allowing key staff to consider volunteer-related material together and engage in collective strategizing.
Yes, there are membership options for individuals, who also interact on the Discussion Board with organizational members. Currently, such individual learners come from diverse organizations in several countries:
- Hospitals, health systems, medical centers and auxiliaries
- Hospice care organizations
- International assistance organizations
- Literacy organizations
- Meal delivery organizations
- Parks and recreation programs
- Performing arts organizations
- Public radio stations
- Residential and community care services
- School districts
- Science centers
- United Nations Volunteers
- Women’s and domestic violence centers
- Zoos and aquariums