The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Resource Library

This library is full of tools and resources for volunteer managers or volunteer project organizers to help in development of a program or projects. Still have questions? Email


Ohio State VolunteerMatch Training guides How to post an opportunity for Clubs & Societies
Checklist for new volunteer opportunities
Step by Step Guide: How to create an account and sign in to VolunteerMatch
How to create an account and sign in to VolunteerMatch for Ohio State staff
Opportunity approval guide for administrators
Microsite admin training guide
Project leader training guide
Volunteer training guide
How to manage volunteers in Volunteer Match
Lunch and learn presentations and best practices Quarterly Brown Bag: Engaging alumni volunteers
Quarterly Brown Bag: Volunteer recognition and recognition ideas handout
Quarterly Brown Bag: Marketing presentation
OSUAA Release and Waiver of Liability for Day of Service (Colleges/units may use this waiver as a guide but should get approval from own legal team.)
Marketing Materials Buckeye Volunteer Marketing Toolkit
Hot card and magnet sample (Partners can request hot cards and magnets at no cost.)
OVR general promo one pager
Sunglasses pdf (T-shirts and sunglasses can be ordered for a cost.)
T-shirt pdf

University policies

The Office of University Compliance and Integrity You can find policies related to "visitors/volunteer" by clicking the filter on the left side of the page. For questions regarding a specific policy, please contact the issuing office listed on the policy.
Policies of particular interest to volunteer managers include:
Activities and Programs with Minor Participants
Background checks
Self-Disclosure of Criminal Convictions
Sexual Harassment
Tobacco Free Ohio State


Yammer Connect with Ohio State volunteer engagement professionals on Yammer, a private social network that helps employees collaborate across departments, locations and business applications

Professional development

Office of Volunteer RelationsUpcoming trainings and events hosted by the Office of Volunteer Relations
Volunteer Administrators’ Network (VAN) of Central OhioAn organization of volunteer engagement professionals based in central Ohio. Hosts monthly meetings based on a theme. First meeting is free – annual memberships available.
Council for Certification in Volunteer AdministrationCertifies a class of volunteer administrators on an annual basis; successful candidates earn a CVA credential.
JFFixler GroupConsulting group of volunteer professionals. Offers paid and free materials.
Everyone ReadyA volunteer management skill-building program. This is a paid subscription service. VAN Central Ohio has a group membership to this organization and will be hosting regular meetings to view and discuss webinars.
HandsOn Network and Points of LightOffers many free recorded and live trainings on various volunteer engagement topics.
Lifecycle of a VolunteerThree-part webinar series covering interviewing volunteers, training and retaining, and handling challenges working with volunteers.

Annual conferences

National Conference on Volunteering and Service
National, annual conference for volunteer engagement professionals. Held in a different location each year, typically in the fall.
Serve Ohio
The Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism hosts an annual fall conference in Columbus for Ohio based volunteer engagement professionals.

Volunteer recognition opportunities

President's Volunteer Service Award
A non-competitive award that all Americans are eligible to receive, determined by the number of volunteer hours served
Daily Point of Light Award
A competitive daily award honoring one exceptional volunteer or volunteer effort from across the entire nation
Ohio State
Submit your volunteer recognition program documents to share with others at Ohio State by emailing Michell Domke at, subject line "Volunteer recognition plan."

Volunteer opportunities for groups

Wexner Medical Center Wexner Medical Center group volunteer opportunities