Last month our Volunteer Coordinator, Jenny Gardenswartz, was selected to attend the Maddie’s Fund Optimizing Volunteer Engagement Apprenticeship at PAWS Chicago. She was chosen from an application pool of over 100 volunteer managers across the country, her and four others were selected and given grants to attend the three-day intensive apprenticeship!
Below, Jenny gives us a brief description of her experience at PAWS Chicago:
“Each day was more inspiring than the next, but we never lost focus of what was most important: how to recruit, train and retain volunteers in meaningful service. We first heard from the founder of PAWS Chicago, Paula Fasseas, and she set the tone for the seminar by reiterating that our organizations aren’t able to accomplish anything without our volunteers. We learned how to better incorporate our mission statements into opportunities, best social media practices, attended a new volunteer orientation to see how PAWS introduces volunteers to service, compassion fatigue resources, software updates, building strong staff/volunteer relations, scheduling inspiration, and an in-depth focus on Junior Volunteers (and more!). The timing of my attending this apprenticeship couldn’t be better as we look forward to our new future across the street!”
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at Mountain Humane? Click here to learn more!
Special thanks to Maddie’s Fund for making this possible!
Who is Maddie’s Fund:
Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie’s Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.