Volunteer Conference 2021

Be part of the Volunteer Adminstrators of the Southern Tier’s annual conference, entirely dedicated to volunteer development, engagement, and management.

United Way of Broome County is excited to partner with the Volunteer Association of the Southern Tier to bring you the Annual Volunteer Conference. This year’s conference will be fully virtual, with a full day of conference sessions on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.




9:00am - 10:15am: Welcome & Cultural Competency: Inclusion & Awareness Workshop

9:00-9:15 Welcome Speech- Morgan White, VAST President & LTCOP Coordinator at Action for Older Persons

9:15-10:15 Cultural Competency: Inclusion & Awareness Workshop – Nikki Post, Director of the Southern Tier Community Center, A Division of the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference

This Cultural Competency workshop is designed to provide better understanding and education when it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion, and awareness. The workshop will also provide avenues for open communication, talk about the importance of meeting youth and family needs in a culturally competent way, and providing the opportunity to self-reflect, share thoughts and ideas with your colleagues.

10:45am - 11:45am: Volunteer Outreach: How to Engage Diverse Populations Workshop
10:45 am -11:45 am: Volunteer Outreach: How to Engage Diverse Populations – Jocelyn Bailey, Account Director at IdeaKraft
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Preparing for Life After AmeriCorps Workshop

12:30 pm -1:30 pm: Preparing for Life After AmeriCorps – Christina M. Whitney, Director of The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development at the University of Scranton

This interactive workshop explores attendee strengths, skills, and experiences in order to look at future professional and personal endeavors. Creating a special identity for the promotion of an individual’s readiness for the next stage of life is the main goal of this session. For those who have served as AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps VISTA Members, how can the service term be explained and amplified? For those who may be contemplating a career change, this workshop is also for you.

2:00pm - 3:15pm: Engaging and Managing Volunteers During the Pandemic Panel Discussion & Closing Remarks

2:00 pm -3:00 pm: Engaging and Managing Volunteers During the Pandemic Panel Discussion – Moderated by Alison Handy Twang, Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Binghamton University

A panel of volunteer managers will discuss strategies to engage volunteers during the pandemic. Topics will include how to keep existing volunteers involved, recruiting new volunteers, developing virtual/remote volunteer roles, using technology, and shifting programs to meet emerging needs and maintain public safety.

Theresa Bliss, Volunteer Coordinator at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Tylar Henson, Volunteer Recruitment Specialist at the American Red Cross
Kelly Campbell, Director of 4-H Youth Development at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County

3:00 pm -3:15 pm: Volunteer HQ Digital Platform Introduction, Maria Cataldo & Andi Stack, United Way of Broome County


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