Fall 2013
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

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AL!VE Annual Meeting - Dec 6th, 2013

11:30 Pacific, 2:30 Eastern

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Introducing Our New AL!VE Members!


We are excited to have so many amazing new members!

We invite you to join us in welcoming them during our one hour webinar to learn more about how to get the most of membership, benefits, and details about AL!VE.


December 4th
2:30 Eastern & 11:30 Pacific. 

Can't make Dec 4th?
We will also have
 New Member Webinars ​in January & February!

My name is Lezlie Garcia. I’m the Manager of Volunteer Services at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. I manage approximately 160 volunteers who aid people going through many types of crises including sexual assault and trauma. I joined AL!VE to be a part of a national professional organization. I’m looking forward to learning more about practices of other volunteer managers.
Contact Lezile

My name is Valerie Moore, CVA and I'm the volunteer coordinator for the Religious Coalition and a candidate for a Masters in Public Administration. I manage a wonderful group of volunteers and am currently growing our volunteer base as we prepare to open the county's first emergency family shelter. I joined AL!VE to help me stay in touch with other volunteer managers and hopefully grow a network of people I can talk with regarding volunteer management and issues in the nonprofit world. I really hope to gain experience, knowledge and colleagues if not friends from the AL!VE world.​
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My name is Corey Jannicelli, I am the Program Manager for Volunteer Engagement at the Association of Small Foundations (ASF). My job is coordinating ASF’s strategy for member engagement and offer local programs for our members across the country as an opportunity to learn and connect with one another. I joined AL!VE to connect with others who work in this field.
Contact Corey

My name is Tamisha Sales. I am the Project Director for the Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program in Morgan, Cullman, and Lawrence counties in Alabama. My job is to engage older adults, age 55+, in volunteer service to meet the needs of the community. I first discovered AL!VE at the Points of Light conference about a year or two ago. Then I actually won a free membership to AL!VE at the Points of Light Conference in D.C. this year. So that is when I decided to join; it must of meant to be. I hope to connect, share and learn with other professionals in the field. I hope to gain access to resources (trainings, best practices, research, etc.) that I can use in my current position.
Contact Tamisha

My name is Holly Soranno. I currently work at The Children’s Center where I serve as the Volunteer Engagement Manager in our Philanthropy Department. Located in Midtown Detroit, The Children’s Center is a mental health agency that serves nearly 7,500 children who suffer from abuse, neglect and developmental disabilities. I joined AL!VE to stay connected to others in the volunteer field and continue to learn and implement national best practices.
Contact Holly

Dee Zeitounian works for Evercare Hospice & Palliative Care providing compassionate, individualized end of life services to patients and families with the help of our volunteers. Dee met AL!VE at the Service Unites Conference in DC in June and they were very warm, friendly, professional and knowledgeable. It defiantly seemed like the kind of community I wanted to have in my corner.
Contact Dee

My name is Lori McGeary and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the Orion Township Public Library in Lake Orion, Michigan.  My job is to work with the staff and our community to place adults, teens and special needs individuals in meaningful volunteer positions.  I joined Al!VE to have access to the latest in volunteer trends, opportunities and training seminars, as well as network with fellow volunteer coordinators.  My goal is to learn more about volunteer administration and share my knowledge as well!
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My name is Louise Coniglio, I am the Director of Volunteer & Community Engagement for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. My job is to engage the community and volunteers to partner with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia.  We operate 10 Thrift Stores and 5 family support centers in the Atlanta area, which are almost completely volunteer staffed. I am also the president of the Council of Volunteer Administrators (COVA) of Metropolitan Atlanta. I joined AL!VE to stay up-to-date on the best resources and trends and to network with experienced volunteer management professionals. I hope to learn a lot of useful practices from my peers and hope to be able to share my knowledge as well.
Contact Louise

My name is Brenda Rubiano  I am the volunteer coordinator for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte, North Carolina.   I joined AL!VE to network with other professionals, particularly in the law enforcement field. I hope AL!VE will provide me with the latest developments and best practices in our profession.
Contact Brenda

Hi my name is Staci Bruce. I am the Director of Volunteer Services at Catholic Charities NY Why you joined AL!VE  I joined AL!VE with the hope of meeting and speaking to other volunteer managers in the U.S. It is always great to know who else is out there. I also hope my joining I can advocate our profession to others.
Contact Staci

I am the President of the Georgia Association for Volunteer Administration, Inc.  GAVA is a membership association that promotes, develops and strengthens professionalism in volunteer leadership throughout the state of Georgia.  By joining AL!VE, we hope to network with other volunteer management professionals throughout the nation and stay current on resources and information relevant to the field of volunteer management. 
Contact Kristie

More New Members Here!

AL!VE President's Corner

Kathy Cahill

Thank you for being an AL!VE member.
Do you ever wonder when enough is enough?? Remember when our “plates” were full, and then we turned them into “platters” just to upgrade to “banquets”. If you are like me you have several plates spinning in the air at one time. “Down time” is a thing of the past and “season” just means more work than ever. It is scary to think this is the “new normal”. I found myself just the other day listening to a volunteer tell me about their recent vacation to Paris and realized I had toned them out completely and was thinking about my to-do list. I don’t want to be that kind of volunteer manager. I want to be excited and engaged with the community around me.

That is why I need AL!VE in my life. I need you! Thanks to AL!VE I have meaningful professional relationships with like minded passionate professionals who do similar things in their day to day life. AL!VE members understand that what I do is important to my community. You guys real get what I have todeal with day to day. That is important to me and makes me a better professional because of it.

Thank you for being a part of this association, our association, my association. If you have contributed very little or a lot you have played a role in building this growing support group. Not only for other professionals in the field, but for the future professionals. This is just the beginning and we all get to be on the ground floor. Our membership dollars are more than just member service, but an investment of what this profession will be in years to come. 

Next time I feel overwhelmed by a growing work load or frustrated that my supervisor doesn’t understand what I do, I remember that you are just a click away. One click from being connected to a nationwide group of professionals that appreciate and understand what I do. Thank you for being an AL!VE member.

Kathy Cahill
AL!VE President​

Volunteer Management - Advocating for Professional Status

Bob Potemski

Warren Bennis defined leadership as the capacity to translate vision into reality. This is especially true in volunteer management, so it’s crucial for us not to allow our positions to be undervalued, even inadvertently. There are many different things you can do as an individual to advocate for the profession; here are three examples: 
1) Make sure that the things you actually do as a volunteer manager are accurately reflected in your job description. One effective way to do this is to develop an “elevator speech”—  a 20-second or so description of your job that you could respond with if you asked during a 10-floor elevator ride “What do you do for a living?”— that highlights the value of the job you do and how it supports the organization’s mission, adds to the bottom line (or both) and share it with your supervisor and upper management.
2) Commit to your own professional development in the field. Joining an organization such as AL!VE, attending webinars, and reading about volunteers and volunteerism will help you keep abreast of the latest ideas and trends in our constantly-evolving profession. 
3) Reach out to, and begin networking with, other volunteer managers in your area. There will be strength in your numbers. Find out what their job descriptions include, how they execute the functions they have in common with you, share your resources and borrow theirs. Most importantly, create a list of local volunteer management “best practices.”
 “best practices.”
The late Steven Covey, one of the most influential leadership experts of the 20th and 21st centuries, told us that “finding your voice and inspiring others to find theirs” is a key business skill in today’s world. This wisdom fits our concept of advocacy perfectly: if we will each do that individually, we will make an enormous impact on the world of volunteer management collectively.

Dec 12th-Webinar Importance & Best Practices of Background Checks

By Todd R. Carpenter, IntelliCorp President

Part of building a successful organization begins with recruiting qualified volunteers that fit into your culture. Good recruitment decisions help position an organization for success.

Visit with Matt Garbincus, a national executive for Al!ve background check partner, Intellicorp. Matt will highlight the importance of conducting volunteer screenings and detail some best practices.

Thank you to Mr. Tod R. Capenter for incites into understanding how to screen for the right volunteers for our organizations!

Comprehending the Art of Background Screening

3 Technology Tools for Managing Volunteers

Chris Connolly

Hi, my name is Chris Connolly. I work for TeenLife and will be producing  AL!VE's quarterly newsletter. I recently wrote an article for the TeenLife blog with three tools to support volunteer managers and I wanted to share them with you as well. 
Google Voice: More and more, text messaging is the preferred mode of communication for volunteers, leaving the traditional phones which most of your offices provide unable to be of assistance. However, giving all your volunteers your cell phone numbers is not very appealing to most of you. Google voice allows you to set up a free routing number, organize and send text messages just like with an email application, and make calls from your computer.
Trello.com: Trello is an interactive to-do list to organize both your own life and project progress with remote volunteers. Trello takes the effective  “To Do Doing Done” strategy to a digital platform, making it easy to collaborate from anywhere.
The Email Game: Combating the constant flow into your inbox is not fun. The Email Game helps you cope by applying gamification to your email. It has emoticons that respond to your progress, timers that ensure effective time management, and a points system to reward productivity.​

As the Community Service Liaison for TeenLife my job is to make sure your job is easier. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or ideas about engaging teens or the AL!VE newsletter.

Thank You for Your Continued Support

Renewing Memebers

We would like to extend a big thank you to our renewing members: Alan Monroe CVA, Brenda Michael-Haggard CFRE/CVA, Carly Brown,Cathy Crocker, Gary Lynch CVA, Ginny Cain, Janina Fuller,Joy Pietschmann CVA, Kathleen Lyons, Kim Mans,Lois Hutchison, Mary Dykstra, Paul Belanger,Paula Pratt,Renee Bailey,Robin Popik, Sarah Elliston CVA,Stacey Luhring CVA, Susan Nusall CVA, Tammy Baumann CVA, Tony Goodrow and our renewing organizations: Lakeside Community CommitteeSoutheastern Virginia Association for Volunteer AdministrationBoulder CountyDallas Association of Directors of Volunteers,
NAVPLGSouthwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services
Oregon Public Broadcasting and

MOVE (Managers of Volunteer Engagement) was established to promote volunteer managers in communities and as a profession.  We are a group of individuals who have a commitment or passion for volunteerism or currently hold a position related to organizing volunteers and
 volunteer programs.  It is our goal to collaborate with peers, build professional relationships and partnerships, and to elevate the relevance of volunteerism and volunteer management within our community through awareness and educational opportunities. MOVE joined AL!VE in 2012 to be a part of something bigger than a local group and to keep current on volunteer trends and resources.  We felt joining AL!VE was an important part of the larger picture and were particularly excited that we would be listed on the AL!VE website.

November 19 - What could possibly go wrong?

William Henry, CIMA Volunteers Insurance

November 19 at 2 p.m. Eastern, AL!VE presents a Webinar, “What could possibly go wrong? – Managing volunteers’ accident and liability risks,” conducted by William Henry of CIMA Volunteers Insurance (an official partner of AL!VE).

In the Webinar, you will learn about the most common accident and liability risks involving volunteers, based on the 40-year claims history of the CIMA program. You will learn how to identif
y the risk exposures specific to your own organization, how to develop a risk management system to address those risks in a way that is practical and appropriate for you, and how to sustain your program even as staff and volunteers come and go. You will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions during the one-hour session. 


Idaho proclaimed Nov 5th Idaho Volunteer Manager's Day

Kathryn Hampton

Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter proclaimed the day as “Idaho Volunteer Manager’s Day” and the proclamation was read by Idaho Senator Patti Anne Lodge from District 13.  

Over 75 gathered to celebrate the contribution of Idaho’s Volunteer Program Managers to various for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations.  International Volunteer Manager Day was founded and observed for the first time in 1999.  It was developed in order to bring recognition to individual managers of volunteer resources and to promote a greater awareness of the catalytic role that Volunteer Program Managers play in the mobilization and support of the world's volunteers.

Universally, people recognize the contribution of volunteers - in sport, health, emergency services, faith communities, and through environmental causes ...in fact volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life.  38.8% of Idaho residents volunteer, contributing 68.7 million hours of service, ranking them 2nd among the 50 states and Washington, DC. and at an economic benefit to the state of $1.5 billion.
However, volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum. Behind this army of volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals who are responsible for the coordination, support, training, administration and recruitment of Idaho’s volunteers – these people are skilled professionals who are adept at taking a singular passion and turning it into effective action.  In Idaho, there are thousands of volunteer program managers and direct coordinators of on-the-ground volunteers who work behind the scenes every day to assist Idaho’s non-profit, for-profit, local, state, and government organizations in achieving their missions. 
Therefore SouthWest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services is pleased to acknowledge the role of volunteer managers—work which often goes unrecognized and undervalued.

December 5th- AL!VE Group members - end of the year 'show & tell'

Gretchen Jordan

​Wednesday December 5, 2013
1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific. 

For the last networking meeting of the year, we will share successes - what worked well for you this year?  If you have an event, training, conference, or award, please bring it to this meeting where you can share with the group.  We will also choose our topics for the 2014 networking sessions.

We will also share the results from our DOVIA survey completed in partnership with Energize, Inc.

Watch for an email to sign up shortly - or check the AL!VE calendar for details!

Newsletter - Fall 2013