FYI: Senior Outreach Services Event   Leave a comment

The Senior Outreach Services Program, a direct service program of the Sanford Center for Aging (SCA) is pleased to announce the two Educational Talk presentations for this Fall.


On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Dr. Kelley Macmillan, Director of Community and Social Services at the SCA will speak on “Navigating the Ups and Downs of Relationships”, a discussion of the tools necessary to sustain or even improve relationships.

September 13, 2016 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Laxalt Auditorium, Nelson Building

401 W. 2nd St., Reno



On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Dr. Peter Reed, Director of the Sanford Center for Aging will preside over “A Community Dialogue about Aging”, at which, you the audience will be able to share your experiences and help shape the future path, of the Sanford Center’s program and service development.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Laxalt Auditorium, Nelson Building

401 W. 2nd St., Reno


Questions? Contact Dr. Sina Ward, Director, Tel:  (775) 784-7506

Posted August 24, 2016 by WCSD Volunteers in Americorps, Senior Corps

Reminder- Macy’s Shop-for-a-Cause Fundraiser…27 August 2016   Leave a comment

Don’t forget, the Macy’s Shop-for-a-Cause Fundraiser is this upcoming weekend, 26-28 August 2016, at both Macy’s stores in the Meadowood Mall.  Volunteer Services VISTAs, staff, and volunteers will be in the store all day on the 27th to sell the 25% off coupons for a $5 donation, give out books to children, and provide the community with information on the services provided at Volunteer Services.  If you’ve not gotten your 25% off coupon yet, don’t despair, we will sell that at the event, or you can stop by the office at 494 Poplar Street to pick one up for your $5 donation.  Remember that Volunteer Services receives 100% of the profit from selling the 25% off coupons.  Much needed funds that we will use to support our First Teacher Tutor Trainings and the Read & Succeed Incentive Book program.  We’ll see you there!

Macy's 2016 coupon

Macy’s 2016 coupon

Library Volunteers NEEDED   Leave a comment

Do you love books? If so, Washoe County School District is looking for Volunteers to help in our school libraries. Help is needed with shelving books, repairing books, helping with Book Fairs, helping with displays, reading to students, helping students and many other tasks.

We will try to place you at a school library close to where you live. I have approximately 20 libraries wanting/needing help. Hours are usually flexible. Read &Succeed trainings are also available and recommended when tutoring.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact Laurie Bennett, Volunteer Services Secretary, at 775-348-0346 or


Thank you to the Summer VISTAs   Leave a comment

All of us at Volunteer Services would like to convey an exuberant “Thank You” and “Bon Voyage” to this year’s group of Summer VISTAs.  The VISTAs focused on preventing summer knowledge loss during their 10 week service.  The VISTAs served at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Truckee Meadows, the Opportunity Alliance of Nevada, in the Volunteer Services office, and at WCSD schools.

2016 Summer VISTAs

2016 Summer VISTAs

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in a Summer VISTA position in 2017, please give VISTA Leader Tracy Sherwood a call at 775-348-0345 or email at .

Did you know? Volunteer Services   Leave a comment

Monday, August 8, 2016, was the first day of the 2016/2017 school year!  Did you know that last school year we had about 15,000 volunteers throughout the year?  This number is mostly comprised of family members that want to help in a child’s class or go on field trips.  This number also includes: UNR (University of Nevada Reno) Practicum students; CCNN (Community College of Northern Nevada) interns; TMCC (Truckee Meadows Community College) work study students; UNR Regents Tutors; and many other community groups like Foster Grandparents, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), State of Nevada Welfare workers, AmeriCorps VISTAs, and light duty workers from WCSD.

The beginning of the school year is the most common time of year to renew your volunteer application.  If you are a parent of a student, please go to your child’s school office and fill out an application there.  They will also make a copy of any government issued photo ID.  The Administrators now approve the volunteers at school sites.  This may take a couple of weeks at the beginning of the school year.  Community volunteers may also go directly to the school if they are a returning volunteer there.  Community Volunteers may come directly to Volunteer Services, located at 494 Poplar Street or fill the application out online using the following link: Volunteer App vB.pdf .

Any volunteer who is chaperoning an overnight fild trip will need to be fingerprinted.  You will obtain an application from the school office.  Fill it out, and then it MUST be signed in the upper right hand corner by an Administrator.  You will NOT be fingerprinted without the Administrator signature!  Fingerprinting is located at 425 E. 9th Street, Building B (the BLUE door).  their hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm, with lunch coverage as well.

If you are a volunteer coach, you must get a packet from the athletic secretary, whether you are being paid or not.  This will also reguire fingerprinting.

Thank you for your precious time with our students and staff, and have a great school year!

Posted August 11, 2016 by WCSD Volunteers in WCSD Volunteers

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year   Leave a comment

The WCSD VISTA program is ready to go for the 2016-2017 school year.   This school year, Volunteer Services is offering Pre-K Reading, Pre-K Math, Read & Succeed, Math Paths, and Elementary Writing/Word Sorts Tutor Trainings.  Read & Succeed, Math Paths, and Elementary Writing/Word Sorts are each offered monthly in the WCSD Board Room located at 425 E. 9th Street in Reno from 5:15-7:15pm.  If you are a community volunteer and these dates won’t work for you, we are now offering One-to-One Tutor Trainings at the Volunteer Services office located at 494 Poplar Street in Reno.  We also offer all of our tutor trainings to schools and community organizations who would like to host trainings for their volunteers, members, and parents.  VISTAs will accompany the facilitator to the location of your choice, on the date and time that works best for your group, and bring all the materials for the training.  We are excited to offer, starting at the beginning of September, DVDs of all 5 of the offered Tutor Trainings.  Just give us a call at 775-348-0345 if you are interested in receiving the DVD with instructions on its use.  All the participants of our Tutor Trainings receive a take home kit with resources to support their tutoring.  So, if you are interested in being a tutor or supporting student learning at home, give VISTA Leader, Tracy Sherwood a call 775-348-0345 or email and we will get you set up with a training.

What if your organization had no volunteers?   Leave a comment

This article was brought to our attention by Stephanie Torien  at the Ioannis A.Lougaris Medical Center here in Reno–thanks, Stephanie!

What if your organization had no volunteers?

Imagine waking up one day, getting ready, and heading into work, only to find that you had entered a strange, alternate reality. Everything about your organization was exactly the same as normal, except there were no volunteers. If this had happened to me in the days when I worked in museums, it would have meant the following scenario:   Upon entering the staff entrance (what normally was the staff/volunteer entry), I say hello to Bill, the friendly guard at the security desk, and turn the corner into the main lobby only to find that the visitor services desk is empty. Perplexed families stand around unfolding maps trying to figure out how to plan their day and whether they’ll have time to visit the dinosaurs before their IMAX film starts. En route to my office, I pass through an exhibition gallery, visitors are enjoying the space science exhibits, but the demonstration stage is empty and none of the science lab stations have any activities set up. Visitors are spending less time in the gallery because there is no one to engage them in conversation and discovery.    Moving upstairs, I encounter a distraught curator from zoology. Valuable data sets about bird species sighted in the state have disappeared from her computer… with no “citizen scientists” to participate in the annual bird count day, the museum has less scientific data for its once cutting-edge research. At my desk, I read the museum’s latest financials only to discover that we must cut vital education and research programs because our revenue is down. With no volunteer teams to plan events or serve as ambassadors, the limited staff in the development department cannot plan and implement the type of events that drive and sustain membership and individual giving. With no volunteers, we have fewer resources. Scientific research is limited. People learn less.    You get the idea. Go ahead and try it for your organization. What would happen if one day you walked in to find no volunteers? (Really! Close your eyes and imagine…)   Okay, are you back? As you contemplated what would be different if your organization had no volunteers, did you at any time describe the difference as simply not having those 500 or 5,000, or 500,000 hours of contributed time from volunteers? Likely not. Yet, so often, when we talk about the value of volunteers, we measure it by the number of hours volunteers contribute. Perhaps, we calculate the financial equivalent of those hours – and that measure is a worthwhile number to have in certain circumstances, such as grant reporting. Nonetheless, the number of hours or even dollars represented by volunteer involvement does nothing to communicate the difference that volunteers make for your organization, for your community, and, yes, even for the world.   Measuring and communicating volunteer impact begins with understanding the difference volunteers make in relation to your organization’s mission. When I imagined what the museum would be like without volunteers, I could see that, without volunteers, visitor satisfaction and learning would have decreased, financial resources to support vital programs such as outreach to rural communities would have been more limited so fewer people would have hands-on experiences with real specimens, and scientists would have less information to help guide our decisions about stewarding our planet. That’s the difference volunteers make.   How are you measuring and communicating volunteer impact? Here are a few tips to move beyond hours and dollars:

1.      Measure the outcomes of volunteer involvement, for example:

o Calculate the number of projects, programs and sites that volunteer enable the organization to serve

o Consider the special skills they bring to the organization

o Identify legislation for which volunteers have advocated

2.      Share these outcomes with organizational leadership, the community, and, of course, with the volunteers themselves!

Posted August 3, 2016 by WCSD Volunteers in WCSD Volunteers


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