Angela Williamson, CVA
Blood Bank of Delmarva
Delaware, Virginia & Maryland
The CVA has given me confidence that I know what I am doing with best practices in place and base knowledge to move forward with planning and implementation. I continually read about volunteer leadership, leadership in general, and personal development. I attend webinars to stay up to date with trends, issues, and solutions. I continue to build my network of colleagues in the field to have support, ideas, and resources to lean upon and share with them what I have to offer as well. I brought the ALIVE conference to DAVA in 2017 and recruited support. Now, it’s an annual part of the DAVA schedule. Conferences, in person or virtual, are ways to continue to network, glean new ideas, share my experiences, and connect with others in the same field. They make us all better at what we do. Professional development is key to continued growth, adaptation, and success in the volunteer leadership field.
Nemours Children's Health, Delaware Valley
One of the biggest benefits is learning from and getting to meet other volunteer administrators. This is such an amazing community!!! The willingness of other volunteer professionals to share information or talk things through is invaluable. I had an incident with a volunteer not too long ago and reached out to a fellow volunteer professional for some guidance. The way she taught me to work with the individual was incredibly helpful. Sharing information and learning from one another can only make our programs better and make us better leaders in our field.