Program Formation Workshop | April 12-14, 2018

Since 1963, Catholic Volunteer Network has been a resource for those involved in faith-based service and lay mission. This three-day workshop will equip new volunteer program staff members and programs in the early formation stages with the  tools necessary to start and run a successful and sustainable volunteer program. 


Cenacle Retreat & Conference Center | 513 Fullerton Parkway | Chicago, IL 60614

Topics Covered: 

Volunteer Recruiting, Screening, and Interviewing | Orientation and Retreat Models | Placement Site Issues | Setting Up a Board of Directors and/or Advisory Board | Collaboration with Other Programs | International Placement Considerations| Building Intentional Communities | Exploration of the Pillars of Faith-Based Service | Financial Management and Fundraising | Embracing Diversity | Re-Entry & Post-Service Programming | Utilizing Catholic Volunteer Network Resources

Your workshop fee includes dozens of digital resources, worksheets, and articles that can be used with your volunteer community, as well as samples of materials such as volunteer applications and program handbooks.

Register Today!

Click here to download the workshop brochure and registration form.

Questions? Contact Sarah Hammel, Membership Coordinator at or via phone at 800-543-5046 ext. 11.

Webinar Series

Our webinar series provides member program staff with additional opportunities to come together and learn more about a topic of interest to faith-based volunteer programs. Through our webinar technology, members can participate in interactive training sessions without having to travel or pay registration fees. 
Past webinar topics include succession planning, immigration requirements for international volunteers, effective campus recruitment strategies, volunteer spirituality, and more. Catholic Volunteer Network also conducts biannual "Catholic Volunteer Network 101" sessions to orient new staff members to the full range of membership benefits. Members, please feel free to browse all past webinars here.
Upcoming Webinars:
Identifying + Accomplishing Your Organization's Objectives on Social Media
March 27, 2018 @ 2PM EST
In this webinar, Theresa Delaney will walk you through setting impactful but achievable goals for your social media strategy, from spreading brand awareness, to engaging donors, to promoting events. We'll also review how the use of social platforms can complement and further your overall outreach plan! Click here to register!
About the Presenter
As a brand strategist and copywriter, Theresa has helped dozens of organizations foster loyalty and drive conversions. Through the development of brand identity guidelines and messaging frameworks, she equips purpose-driven organizations with the tools to grow and thrive. Theresa brings a particular affinity for community building and audience engagement that spans on- and off-line platforms. When she's away from her desk, you'll find her exploring the food scene in a new city or chipping away at an endless reading list. 

Past Webinars:

Life-Giving Ministry and Healthy Boundaries

Working with volunteers can be fulfilling and energizing, but also exhausting. So often staff find themselves losing sleep, giving up days off, and eventually getting burned out. This webinar, is designed to address the special challenges of volunteer programs so you can preserve and cultivate the energy needed to continue in this work with joy. Click here to watch the webinar on our Vimeo Channel!

Great Graphic Design on a Budget
Great design for your cause doesn't need to break the bank! This webinar will address common pitfalls and challenges nonprofits face when designing materials in-house to promote their good work. We will dive into how to avoid time wasters by establishing a clear direction for your visuals as well as the best free and easy tools to use for designing on the cheap. To watch the recording of this webinar visit our Vimeo Channel.
Recruiting on a Budget
This hour long webinar will cover a variety of different tips to help new volunteer program staff and recruiters save on recruitment expenses throughout the year. If you missed this webinar, watch the recording HERE!