From Compassion to Action: Managing Volunteers

  • 5 Nov 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Allen County Sanitary Engineer’s Office (3230 N. Cole St. Lima, OH)


November 5, 2019

Allen County Sanitary Engineer’s Office  

3230 N. Cole St. Lima, OH 45801 


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.         


9:00–10:30 a.m.

You Get What You Pay For—Volunteer Programming that Really Works*

Speaker: Rachel Finney, CEO, Columbus Humane

The session is interactive, entertaining—even funny; and hits straight at heart of the most common sources of drama and dysfunction in volunteer programming and the negative impacts it can have on quality of life for the people and animals within the organization. Using real-life examples and solutions, attendees learn why it’s critical to invest time, training and dollars in volunteer programming and how to get the most return out of that investment. Rachel will cover recruiting, training, retaining and thanking volunteers and stress the importance of accountability for all team members. Learn easy to use tools, tips and practical solutions for organizations of every size, philosophy and budget.

10:3010:45 a.m.


10:45 amNoon

Working Effectively with Fosters*

Speakers: Cheryl Rakich, Founder & CEO, and Carol Mondillo, Foster Program Director, Almost Home Dog Rescue, and Ashley Cerkan, Logistics Registered Veterinary Technician, Columbus Humane

This segment features a panel discussion on the use of volunteers in a foster program. Hear from representatives from shelters that use fosters and a foster-only rescue organization and share your experiences and questions with the group.

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Lunch (vegan)

Sponsored by Animal Place, Food for Thought Campaign

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Recognizing & Understanding Compassion Fatigue*

Speaker: Dr. Gerryll Hall, Merck Animal Health

Everyone experiences compassion fatigue at one time or another. The concept is used to describe the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people or animals. Constant exposure to this kind of stress can result in physical and emotional exhaustion. Eventually, there is a gradual erosion of all the things that keep us connected to others in our caregiver role: our empathy, hope, compassion – not only for others, but for ourselves. This presentation will explore your level of compassion satisfaction and the potential for compassion fatigue. We will also discuss the tools you need to increase your level of satisfaction with your job and at home.

*  All of these courses have been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

Registration Fee:

$15 per person for members of the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation

$20 per person for non-members


Click here for registration form.

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Ohio Federated Humane Societies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 21328, Columbus, OH 43221 

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