For nearly 50 years, Catholic Volunteer Network has served as the premier resource for both long-established and newly-formed volunteer programs. We currently offer training opportunities to our member programs in the form of our National Conference, Formation Workshop, and Webinar Series.

Formation Workshop

The Formation Workshop is for those new to the world of full-time volunteering. Whether you are considering starting a new program or are a new staff member of an existing program, the Formation Workshop is an opportunity for you to become immersed in the logistics of full-time volunteer programs. Long-time program directors take participants through the process of starting a program and all the components of operating a successful program from orientation through the completion of the volunteer's service year.

Topics covered:

  • Recruiting, Screening, and Interviewing
  • Orientation and Retreat Planning
  • Managing Placement Sites
  • Fostering Intential Community Living
  • Budgeting, Financial Management, and Fundraising
  • Setting Up a Board of Directors and/or Advisory Board
  • Collaborating with Other Programs
  • International Placements
  • Re-Entry and Post-Service Support 
Our 2017 Formation Workshop was held at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center in Chicago, IL: Click here to view the 2017 workshop brochure.
For information about our 2018 Formation Workshop, please 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.


Upcoming Webinars:
Supporting and Recruiting Volunteers of Color at Home and Abroad
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
1:00 PM Eastern
Facilitator Kimmie Fink draws on her own experience as an Asian volunteer in Latin America to share the experiences of minority volunteers, both negative and positive, as well as actions for increasing the diversity of your volunteer pool. Learn about why diversity matters and gain strategies for supporting volunteers of color to take back to your organization. 

Presenter: Kimmie Fink is an award-winning former teacher of 13 years. She volunteered with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Honduras in 2010-11 as a Montessori teacher and mentor to teenage girls. She currently works as an education consultant, Nationally Certified Welcoming Schools Facilitator, and staff writer at Romper. Kimmie also blogs on issues of diversity and equity for elementary educators and parents of young children.
Members, please feel free to browse all past webinars here.