Volunteers are the cornerstone of many organizations and the services provided to the McPherson community.

Volunteers are the cornerstone of many organizations and the services provided to the McPherson community.

Sometimes, however, recruiting volunteers can be an enormous undertaking for an already overworked staff. The McPherson County Community Foundation would like to help solve that problem.

The foundation is offering a two-hour workshop on volunteer recruitment and retention on April 25.

The training is being offered two times to accommodate more attendees.

The first session is 10 a.m. to noon; the second session is 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Hutchinson Community College, McPherson Center, 2208 E. Kansas. Cost is $10 per person.

Each year, more than one-third of all Kansans volunteer in some way.

Many others remain on the sidelines because they don’t feel empowered to get involved or they don’t think they have enough time. Others have a tough time finding the right opportunity for them.

At Volunteer Kansas, they make it easier for residents to volunteer by matching them with opportunities at respected, well-established organizations throughout the state so they can spend less time looking for a place to volunteer and more time volunteering. Nola Brown, executive director of Volunteer Kansas, will guide participants through the process of applying to be an approved organization on Volunteerkansas.org and teach how to set and edit volunteer opportunities.

The second part of the session focuses on the actual recruitment of the volunteer. Recruiting the right volunteers can often be an ongoing struggle — particularly when volunteer turnover is the culprit. On the surface, finding more volunteers may seem like the answer, however, upon further investigation the issue is more often around finding the right volunteer and keeping them on board.

Nicolette Geisler, executive director of the Kansas Volunteer Commission, will conduct this portion of the session. Participants will gain an overview of recruitment strategies and techniques, identify barriers that prevent or discourage people from volunteering and obtain strategies on how to retain volunteers.

The Kansas Volunteer Commission is a governor-appointed commission that serves to promote and develop volunteerism throughout Kansas by connecting nonprofits, while also providing resources and support to local service organizations and individuals. The commission strives to uphold the value of service and volunteering to all Kansans to effectively address community needs, respond to disasters and inspire a commitment of service to all citizens.

The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission is achieved through: Supporting Kansas AmeriCorps, Volunteer Generation Fund programs and Kansas Mentors, administering federal funding to AmeriCorps state and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, providing assistance to AmeriCorps National, AmeriCorps Vista and Senior Corps programs, creating a network of service organizations throughout the state, and recognizing outstanding individual volunteers, organizations and communities with the governor's Points of Light Award.

There is limited seating available at each session, to register, email Sharon Long, program officer at sharon@mcphersonfoundation.org or call the MCCF office at 620-245-9070.