ACS provides high-quality education and training programs for the human service and nonprofitcommunity with a special focus on the needs of Howard County. Trainingprograms, special-interest forums, monthly meetings, and Hot Topic sessionsare designed to provide staff, board members and volunteers with the skills andinformation needed to provide services and manage their organizations botheffectively and efficiently.
Four training series: focusing on fundraising, marketing, outreach toculturally-diverse communities, and management skills attracted more than223 people. In addition, three, three-session training series addressedCultural Connections: Workforce, Youth, and Aging; Finder$, Keeper$; andCrafting Your Message So Donors Will Listen. An eight-session First-timeManagers series was developed to help new managers learn to supervise,hire, present, manage, motivate, and evaluate staff.
sessions offered informal presentations of new initiatives, servicesand programs as well as timely topics of interest to ACS members. Sixty-four
staff, board members, and volunteers attended this year’s sessions that
included Immigration Status and Its Implications; New Directions for theUnited Way; Make the Right Referral; and Howard Health Counts.
sessions offered hands-on demonstrations anddiscussions of new technology and ways to streamline operations. Thesesessions offer an informal setting that is ideal for sharing ideas and re-sources, and networking with colleagues. Six sessions were held in FY11focusing on Google Tools, Risk Management, Needs Assessment,Effective use of Howard Health Counts, RSS feeds, and QR codes.
General Membership Meetings
Monthly general membership meetings not only presentinformation on a wide variety of human service issues, butprovide members with valuable opportunities to shareinformation, make announcements, and connect withcolleagues. ACS held eight general meetings in FY11 thatattracted an average of 53 people per session. Topicsaddressed included nontraditional sources of funding,initiatives to promote self-sufficiency, gang and youthviolence in Howard County, changes in the HealthDepartment, and the results of the 2010 Census andCommunity Needs Assessment.
Education and Training
“ACS will provide education, training, and information
to help members
achieve their missions”
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