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Everyone Ready®, produced by Energize, Inc., is a cutting-edge staff development training plan offered through the National Volunteer Center of The HSUS that is designed to support you in your work with volunteers. This program is free to anyone in the animal care and control field who would like to sharpen his or her volunteer management skills and delivers expert training and resources in volunteer management. While the content is relevant across many diverse fields, you will find the training and resources provided to be directly applicable to the volunteerism issues you face in the animal care, control, and sheltering field.

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Online Seminars

Everyone Ready® seminars are self-paced, can be viewed at anytime while offered, and take about 1 hour to complete.

Self Instruction Guides

Once you're registered for Everyone Ready®, you can also download free guides on the following topics (and more!):

  • Methods of Volunteer Program Evaluation
    Helps you evaluate the success, strengths, and weaknesses of your volunteer program.
  • Strength in Numbers: Coordinating Volunteers in Groups
    Connect the dots between creating good group dynamics and managing tasks to ensure a fun and effective volunteer group experience.
  • Developing Reports with Clout
    Move beyond standard statistical reporting to shining a light on volunteer efforts and demonstrating the true value of volunteer contributions.
  • It Takes Two to Tango: Building Successful Relationships Between Volunteers and Paid Staff
  • OUR Volunteer Program: The Management Team Approach to Enhancing Volunteer Programs
    Explains why the team approach is critical to a successful volunteer program, how to develop or enhance a team approach, and defining the purpose of the management team.
  • The Right Information at the Right Time in the Right Way: Orienting and Training Volunteers
    Distinguish between orientation, initial training, and ongoing or in-service training; who should be responsible for imparting what information at what point in time; adapting to the skill level of each volunteer; and an overview of the many training style options.

Technical Requirements

Many of the Everyone Ready® resources are provided in PDF (Portable Document Format) format. All you need to open and utilize these resources is the FREE Adobe Reader software, easy to download and available on the Adobe website.

To participate in the online seminars, you will need to download Adobe Flash Player, available as a FREE download from the Adobe website.

Still having trouble? E-mail volunteer@humanesociety.org or call 301-258-1555.

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