• Supporting Volunteers Through Challenging Circumstances

Supporting Volunteers Through Challenging Circumstances

  • 27 Jun 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Forest Park Forever | Learning Lab | 5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112
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  • If this is your first time coming to an MVMA meeting, we would like to offer a one-time complimentary meeting registration. Email membership@mvma-stl.org to get your registration code.
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Volunteer management always calls upon our ability to support our volunteers, but this skill is especially necessary when volunteers encounter challenging circumstances. Whether the situation is specific to the volunteer’s personal life or to the nature of the volunteer service they provide, being able to respond appropriately and provide support is an essential skill of volunteer leadership. In this presentation, we’ll explore best practices for supporting volunteers through challenging circumstances, from personal struggles such as a health diagnosis, to challenges related to their volunteering, such as the death of a client or situations involving secondary trauma. The better able you are to support your volunteers, the stronger your volunteer program will be, so please join us for this informative and interactive presentation, led by an experienced volunteer director and hospice bereavement specialist. 

Speaker: Dr. Julie Strassman, Manager of Support Services for Bethesda Hospice Care

Dr. Julie Strassman is the Manager of Support Services for Bethesda Hospice Care, overseeing the programs for volunteer support, spiritual care, bereavement care, and veterans’ services. She has over a decade of experience in volunteer management and is also an experienced grief care specialist. She received her Doctorate of Ministry in 2022 and is a frequent presenter on volunteer management, spiritual care, and bereavement care. Julie has most recently presented for the Network for Strong Communities, the Missouri League of Nursing, the Missouri Association for Assisted Living, and the 2022 Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative & End of Life Care. She is a former MVMA board member and the recipient of MVMA’s 2019 Volunteer Director of the Year award. She is excited to reconnect with MVMA and share her expertise in volunteer coordination and care. 

Lunch will be provided.  To ensure we have enough food and beverage, please register for this meeting by Sunday, June 25 .

Parking is available in twin lots located directly to the south of the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center.

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