CVNL plans for 5 nonprofits or government agencies to host AmeriCorps VIP Fellows

Katelyn Willoughby

Katelyn is fired up about communication, marketing, business development, and working with diverse leaders in the North Bay to help them carry out their missions.

CVNL is planning to offer 5 nonprofits or government agencies the opportunity to host an AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP) Fellow.

If your volunteer program was a well-oiled machine; could it expand your services, improve efficiencies, and increase your fundraising efforts?

CVNL will be placing AmeriCorps members as VIP Fellows at nonprofits or government agencies/departments located in Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, or Sacramento counties. Each partner agency will host a dedicated, full-time AmeriCorps VIP Fellow for 11 months (September 2016 – August 2017). The VIP Fellow commits to service 1700 hours over these 11 months and receives a monthly stipend, an educational award, and CVNL-led volunteer management trainings, on-going support and tools.

VIP Program is designed for:

  • Nonprofit, or government agencies/departments in Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, or Sacramento or counties
  • Agencies who need more hands on deck: leadership and staff members are having a hard time keeping the program consistent
  • An organization that doesn’t involve volunteers yet, but wants to increase their impact to their clients
  • Have a future program expansion that will require the agency to scale up the size or scope of their volunteer program

What do VIP Fellows do?

AmeriCorps VIP Fellows at agencies strive to grow the agency’s volunteer program based on the agency’s needs, as defined by the Volunteer Capacity Assessment. VIP Fellows will work to build quality, sustainable volunteer management systems at these agencies. Projects center around:

  • Building processes, structures, and recruitment for existing or budding programs
  • Recruiting 80 one-time and 40 long-term volunteers to support your mission
  • Raising up to $2,000 in monetary or in-kind donations

What are some examples of VIP Fellow accomplishments?

  • Conducting a needs assessment to determine the volunteer needs and creating those roles with appropriate staff
  • Creating volunteer position descriptions, volunteer handbooks, orientation & training materials, and recruitment materials
  • Forming partnerships with civic, community, and business groups for volunteering
  • Implementing volunteer management databases
  • Continuing to work on (or finish) Service Enterprise certification, action plan, goals recertification, etc.

There is a cost to the program based on your budget size, however some scholarships are available. If you are interested, please contact Anton Timms, Director of Volunteer Services at atimms@cvnl.org or at 415.448.0340.