Part 3: What To Expect

Who Participates

A minimum number of organizations and/or programs is required.   Two to three paid staff and two to three volunteers from each organization must participate.

  1. Staff, including at least one executive team member and a designated key staff person, will participate in “virtual” training.
  2. Two to three carefully selected volunteers will attend a 1.5 day, in-person training.
  3. PowerUP! staff and trainers will provide “startup” technical assistance in finalizing an action plan and charter of understanding that will be drafted during the virtual and on-site training.

Recommended characteristics of participating staff and volunteers:

  • Experienced communicator
  • Ability to think “outside the box”
  • Willingness to take initiative and assume responsibility
  • Flexibility in adapting to need and circumstances through creativity
  • Openness to shared leadership
  • Ability to think critically and deal with conflict
  • Willingness and ability to commit to a team role and expectations
  • Willingness to learn from others
  • Passion for working with and through people

A Cost Sharing Model

Volunteer Collaborative pays for:

  • Training venue, food and beverage during in-person volunteer training
  • Access to web-based researched-based training materials, forms, and tools
  • Expert training staff and coaches
  • Continuing technical assistance, including monthly calls and two hours of follow-on technical assistance

Participants / Organizations pay for:

  • Travel and out-of-pocket expenses for volunteers to participate in on-site training
  • Staff time for participating in training and serving as liaison with the team.
  • Project-related expenses
  • Lodging (one night, depending on proximity to training location)

For More Information

Please contact Patricia Reid at any time if you have any questions:
Fax: 202.872.0057


Please do not forget to complete and submit your Readiness Assessment Test! This is a very important part of the registration process and helps to evaluate how ready your organization is for self-directed volunteer teams.

Tutorial Completion Progress

Let’s discuss some of the expectations of for Staff in their workshop.