Sno-Isle Libraries’ volunteer coordinator earns national acclaim

Christine Stansfield, Sno-Isle Libraries’ volunteer and community engagement coordinator, will be honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Administrator Award by the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government.

Christine Stansfield, volunteer coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries

The award will be presented at the NAVPLG annual meeting, held during the Points of Light Conference for volunteerism and service in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 18.

Stansfield has been managing volunteer programs for nearly 20 years. She was nominated for this award because of her ability to authentically engage volunteers in making an impact in their communities.

Stansfield is regarded for her approach to community engagement, including her work convening a nine-month community needs assessment for the Mariner Community Campus. The Washington Legislature funded continued work on the project, including site evaluations.

Under Stansfield’s leadership, Sno-Isle Libraries has more than 700 active volunteers and is focused on providing meaningful and welcoming volunteer experiences. Stansfield is considered the “go-to” person for community connections and has led the Sno-Isle Libraries volunteer program from transactional to transformational. Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers contribute to digital literacy and increase kindergarten readiness.

Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Relations Manager Susan Hempstead nominated Stansfield.

“Christine believes in the inherent power and wisdom of all people,” Hempstead said. “She believes that each and every person deserves a seat and a voice at the table. Her vision is to co-create a world that works for everyone.”

“NAVPLG is excited to honor Christine Stansfield with this award to recognize her professionalism in the field of volunteer management,” said Leigh Kottwitz, past president of NAVPLG and neighborhood services manager for Columbia, Missouri. “Volunteer managers play an important role in mobilizing people to make a difference in their communities.”

Founded in 1997, NAVPLG is an international association of administrators for volunteer programs in local, city and county government. NAVPLG encourages professional development and networking among those who manage volunteers in local government.