2019 Program Formation Workshop

Washington Retreat House, Washington D.C.
March 28-30, 2019

Since 1963, Catholic Volunteer Network has been a resource for those involved in faith-based service and lay mission. This three-day workshop is an excellent opportunity for new staff members or veterans seeking time and space to reflect on the inner workings of your program, among a community of peers. Please see below for more information, and feel free to share among your networks.

Registration Facilitator & Guest Speakers Travel & Lodging Schedule Questions?


Space is limited! Please register before March 4th in order to secure your spot.

With Overnight Accommodations Without Overnight Accomidations
CVN Member Rate $580 $400
Non-Member Rate $630 $450

Travel & Lodging

Rooted in the spirit of Franciscan hospitality, simplicity and Gospel values, the Washington Retreat House welcomes people of all faith traditions and those promoting the common good through their outreach. The Retreat House community offers an environment of peace and quiet for all who come here for personal, communal or organization reflection, study or spiritual renewal. Read more about the location of our 2019 Program Formation Workshop HERE.


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.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
11:00 – Check-In

1:00 – Opening Prayer

Welcome & Logistics

Mission and Program Vision

  • What Makes a Good Mission & Vision Statement?

Focus on Potential Volunteers

  • Program Marketing
  • Volunteer Profiles
  • Recruiting
  • Interviewing

5:00 – Dinner

6:00 – Guest Speaker
8:00 – Breakfast

9:00 – Morning Prayer

Focus on Placement Sites

  • Identifying Viable Placement Sites
  • Matching Volunteers and Sites

12:00 – Lunch on your own

1:30 – Re-gather

Focus on Financing Your Program

  • Budgets
  • Income Generation

Focus on Volunteer Community Formation

  • Orientation
  • Support during the program cycle
  • Contingency Plans

6:00 – Dinner

7:00 – Guest Speaker
8:00 – Breakfast

9:00 – Morning Prayer

Focus on End Of Service Period and Other Issues

  • Closing Retreat
  • Alumni Relations

12:30 – Lunch

1:30 – Processing The Weekend and Final Questions

3:00 – End of Workshop

Facilitator & Guest Speakers

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John Pinter

Workshop Facilitator

John Pinter is an independent consultant and has over 30 years of experience in management and leadership in non-profit organizations. Previously, he was the Director of Holy Cross Associates, a Catholic Volunteer Network member program, which placed domestic and international volunteers for short-term and long-term assignments. John has led the the Formation Workshop since 1998. Evaluations of his past performances have been outstanding.


Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF

President & CEO of the National Catholic Development Conference

Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF has been President/CEO of NCDC since 2001. In this position she leads NCDC in its efforts to promote ethical fundraising and best practice. Sr. Georgette was named by the Nonprofit Times as one of the “Power and Influence Top 50” in the nonprofit sector nine consecutive times.

Sister has been engaged in postal regulatory and charitable reform issues, working collaboratively with other organizations as an advocate regarding concerns and issues that impact charitable institutions, particularly in the religious sector.

She has spoken at both national and international conferences and presented workshops about mission-focused/donor-centered fundraising, emphasizing the importance of developing a culture of mission and a culture of philanthropy for the sake of viability of the charity. Sister strongly emphasizes that mission advancement is more than fundraising, and in the context of the Gospel it is a ministry, which is a hallmark value of the National Catholic Development Conference.


Heidi Thompson

Communications Consultant

Heidi is an organizer, marketer and publishing executive with 25 years of experience helping nonprofits leverage the science of marketing to build audiences, cultivate donors, and win campaigns. She was the publisher and CEO of Religion News Service and served as the vice president for marketing and publisher of Sojourners magazine. Her organizing experience includes positions with the faith-based PICO National Network, MoveOn, consulting with the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative in her hometown of Warren, Ohio, and volunteering in an ongoing tenants rights struggle in her Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

As a young adult, she served as a United Methodist Mission Intern in the Philippines in the early 1990s; the two-year volunteer program strengthened her faith and her vocation as a religious communicator. Now a tech-inclined and data-driven marketer, she specializes in email, website and social media marketing, with a focus on building digital programs that draw users from being spectators to financial supporters. Heidi has a B.S. in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School at Ohio University and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


Questions? Contact Sarah Hammel at [email protected].