The Bellevue Police Department's volunteer coordinator, Marji Trachtman, has been awarded the professional credential "Certified Volunteer Administrator" by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.
The CVA certification, currently held by only about 1,000 professionals worldwide, is the only volunteer administration credential internationally recognized. It is awarded to practicing professionals who undergo a rigorous process that includes extensive self-evaluation, preparation of a performance-based portfolio that is judged by a panel of peers, and a two-hour exam that covers knowledge, application and analysis of skills related to volunteer mobilization and resource management.
Candidates must "pledge to work within a professional code of ethics and must demonstrate knowledge-in-use in the core competency areas of organizational management, human resources management, accountability, leadership and advocacy."
"We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated professional with our department," Chief Linda Pillo said. "Without the efforts of the volunteers, it would be much more difficult to meet the law enforcement needs of our community. There is an increasing need for volunteers across all types of organizations, but especially in the public sector as budgets continue to decline. To have a highly skilled volunteer manager like Marji is an asset to any organization."
People can learn about volunteering opportunities with all departments in the city and even with local nonprofit agencies at volunteering.
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