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VOLTS Volunteer Training and Support Program
Stipes Hall 525
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: 309-298-3069 or 800-526-9943
Fax: 309-298-2142
Email: FV-Antonucci@wiu.edu

Volunteer Training and Support Program



Overview

Most rural Illinois communities rely on part-time public officials and a cadre of volunteers to implement projects such as business retention and expansion, downtown revitalization, community beautification, tourism development, and other programs. Yet, managing community volunteers is itself often a full-time job. What is needed, in many cases, is a comprehensive volunteer management program designed to mobilize and motivate citizens to accomplish projects.

In response to this need, the Volunteer Training and Support Program (VOLTS), a project of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs MAPPING the Future of Your Community Program was created to provide on-site volunteer management training, technical assistance, workshops, and conferences to community and economic development practitioners, local leaders, and citizens engaged in development projects.

Mission

The mission of VOLTS is to increase the effectiveness of volunteer efforts that support community and economic development projects in rural Illinois communities.

Vision

VOLTS is recognized as a ready source of information and technical assistance for rural communities interested in initiating, enhancing, and managing community-based volunteer programs.

Goals

  • Well-trained, skilled, and knowledgeable volunteer coordinators leading community and economic development projects
  • Increased number of volunteers engaged in community and economic development projects
  • Increased number of volunteer driven community and economic development projects
  • Easily accessible, high quality information and materials that support community based volunteer programs
Strategies

To accomplish the goals, VOLTS will undertake the following strategies:

  • Educate community and economic development practitioners, community leaders, and citizens about state of the art community-based volunteer management practices
  • Deliver customized training and on-site technical assistance to participating communities
  • Develop training materials, give presentations, and provide volunteer management handbooks to community volunteer coordinators
  • Develop a Web site containing resources and useful links for community volunteer coordinators
  • Research best practices in volunteer management, explore case studies, and conduct community surveys for publications
  • Hold regularly scheduled conferences and workshops to share successful strategies and up-to-date volunteer management practices for community and economic development practitioners, community leaders, and citizens
Financial Support

The program currently receives financial support from: the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), and Western Illinois University (WIU).

Training

Customized on-site training and technical assistance will be provided to participating communities. Training is available to address the following six basic stages of an effective volunteer management program:

  1. Job Development, Design, and Description;
  2. Recruitment and Retention;
  3. Screening and Interviewing;
  4. Orientation and Training;
  5. Supervision and Motivation; and
  6. Rewards and Recognition
For more information or to schedule on-site training in your community, contact:

Frank Antonucci
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Stipes Hall 525
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Phone: 309-298-3069 or 800-526-9943
Fax: 309-298-3216
fv-antonucci@wiu.edu

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Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Western Illinois University
518 Stipes Hall 1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: iira@wiu.edu Phone: (309)298-2237 Toll Free: (800)526-9943 Fax: (309)298-2142
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