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Local nonprofits benefit from MAVA Leadership Training

Cass County volunteer nonprofit organizations were well represented in the recent “graduating class” of the MAVA Volunteer Impact Leadership Series, held in Brainerd on Oct. 2 and 3. Theresa Eclov of Faith in Action for Cass County, Linsey McMurrin of the HOWA Family Center, Cyndi Athen of the Northland Family Center, Kari Shipp of the Pine River-Backus Family Center, and Jessica Kershner of the Girl Scouts Lakes & Pines District all completed the training series and received a Certificate in Leadership of Volunteers from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA).

The Volunteer Leadership Training Series included eight sessions on Volunteer Motivation, Retention, Managing Risk, Recruitment, Supervision, Program Positioning, Measuring Impact and Recognizing Volunteers. The goal of the leadership series is to provide organizations with the information they need to initiate, improve or re-energize their volunteer programs. They provide the tools organizations need to ensure that their volunteer programs support their mission and expand their overall impact and outreach.

Programs such as the Family Centers, Girl Scouts and Faith in Action all rely on volunteers to take their mission and vision of service and make things happen.

If you are looking for resources in your community, if you know someone who needs assistance, or if you want to volunteer your time to help, but don’t know what opportunities are available, contact Faith in Action for Cass County at 866-675-5435 or email

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