AL!VE July 2016 Newsletter
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

Free Software?

AL!VE is pleased to collaborate with Samaritan Technologies and Cabot Cheese
in a program purely designed to benefit communities and volunteers. 

If you are an AL!VE individual member and meet the qualifications, your agency can be granted access to Samaritan's #1 Rated Volunteer Management Software from which they can post opportunities to their page on  Opportunities are also cross-posted on as well as custom sites powered by Samaritan for their customers. Volunteers can return to any page on the Samaritan network to check their schedules, report hours and take surveys. Hours recorded on can be automatically shared with, a no-obligation recognition portal operated by the Cabot Creamery Cooperative.  To learn more about this generous free software offer exclusively for AL!VE members, visit our webpage.

CCVA Announces Executive Director Search

Executive Director Search
The Council of Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) seeks to contract with a dynamic, innovative and skilled professional to serve as Executive Director. In conjunction with this leadership transition, CCVA’s administrative office will be relocated. Individuals interested in this opportunity must submit a proposal presenting his/her qualifications for the Executive Director position and a plan for housing the CCVA office functions.  To learn more, visit the CCVA website.

National Volunteer Program Faces Shutdown From Budget Cuts

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a Fiscal Year 2017 budget appropriations bill that completely eliminates the $52.1 million in funding for the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). 

Today’s Medicare beneficiary must choose among more than 20 prescription drug plans, an average of 19 Medicare Advantage plans, as well as various Medigap supplemental insurance policies—all with different premiums, cost sharing, provider networks, and coverage rules. For more than 24 years, SHIPs have advised, educated, and empowered individuals to navigate their state-specific Medicare choices. In addition, SHIPs help beneficiaries resolve fraud and abuse issues, billing problems, appeals, and enrollment in low-income health assistance programs. In 2015, SHIPs provided assistance to more than seven million individuals with Medicare.  The majority of the 15,000 SHIP counselors are volunteers.


Looking for data? Great sources here

Do you use data to help fine-tune recruitment efforts, messaging, or reports?  National data trends about population, demographics, and relocation statistics might be helpful.    Matt Lesnak gives several sources.  Read his post here.

Have an event you'd like to share?

If you have a local, state, or national event you'd like to publicize, please feel free to add it to our calendar. 

From our home page, click on the calendar and you will see a link to add your own event.

Meetings, trainings, conferences or other pertinent events to Volunteer Managers are welcome.

Hybrid & Live Conference in Partnership with Better Impact Set for September 12-16, 2016

Once upon a time begins with you...Re-imagining the Future of Volunteer Engagement

'Hybrid' Livestream Conference AND In-person Conference!
It's back!  AL!VE is pleased to partner again with Better Impact to provide another professional development opportunity.  A hybrid conference means the presenters come to you via live streaming.  You meet locally with your colleagues and interact virtually with the presenters.

This year's Hybrid Conference will be streamed from the Orlando, Florida area on September 12 Mountain time, September 13 Pacific time, and September 14 Central and Eastern. Conference presenters include Rob Jackson, Tobi Johnson, Elisa Kosarin, and Neal McCord.

For more information and to register, visit the Hybrid Conference site here.

September 14 - 15 - 16 will be an in person conference.   The live group will be a part of the live stream conference, as well as additional presenters on the 15th & 16th.  Presenters include Beth Steinhorn, Brian Probst, and a workshop from trainers at the Disney Insitute.  Friday, join Beth Whitmire on how to manage large groups. Beth has unique knowledge of managing large groups from her time managing a Winter Olympics, Super Bowl, and World Cup.  Room rates at nearby hotels are at $59 and $69. 

To learn more and register, visit our
Live Conference site.

Thursday July 14 - So You Want To Be A Trainer or Consultant?

Are you ready for the next chapter in your professional career?
Or, do you just want to try something new, on a part-time basis?  Have you thought about expanding your skills and influence through training and consulting? 
The need for volunteers in charities and government programs is ever growing, and the volunteer management field is coming into its own. With over 1.5 million nonprofits in the US alone, opportunity awaits.
If you have a set of volunteer management insights and skills, now is the time to share them and help others improve their operations. Beyond expert knowledge, however, it also takes business strategy, savvy, and grit to become a successful entrepreneur.  During this webinar, we’ll share some of the key things you need to take into consideration to be successful.

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 11:30am-12:30 pm PST/2:30-3:30 pm EST
Recording and handouts will be provided to all registrants
$50 for non-members
$25 for ALIVE! Members & VolunteerPro Members (use coupon code VPALIVE)
Registration link here:

Going for your CVA Certification in 2016?

You can take your CVA exam this year at AL!VE's & Better Impact conference in Orlando this September.  Attend the conference and take the exam as part of your session choices, or take the exam only (no charge to take the test, but you must have registered with CCVA first).  Either way, stay to network with your colleagues and attend our evening reception!  It's not too late to start studying!  
Receive a $35 discount on your CVA Professional Certification as an AL!VE member.
Details about earning your CVA on
CCVA's website.  Click here.

Welcome Your New Board Members Jared McConnell and Megan Vixie

Jared McCannell, CVA of Maine and Megan Vixie, CVA of San Diego appointed as AL!VE Board Members

Jared McCannell, CVA is the Maine Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator. 

Jared McCannell, CVA has worked with numerous nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout the United States building lasting volunteer programs serving people in a variety of ways (including arts/culture, social services, healthcare systems and disaster preparedness). He currently serves as the Medical Reserve Corps State Coordinator and oversees the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) for the State of Maine. As a volunteer, he serves on the Pride Portland! steering committee as volunteer coordinator for Maine’s largest volunteer-run LGBTQIA annual community festival. Recently earning his Certification in Volunteer Administration, he proudly includes CVA after his name on everything from business cards to dry cleaning tickets.
                                Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, PHR, SHRM-CP is the Director of Human Resources, Beach Cities Health District. 

 Megan began working at BCHD in 2005 as the Volunteer Services Coordinator.  She transitioned into Human Resources in 2009 and helped facilitate a merger between Volunteer Services and Human Resources departments.  Megan was also responsible for designing and implementing the infrastructure to manage BCHD’s network of more than 600 community volunteers.
Most recently, Megan earned a Society in Human Resource Management–Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. She completed her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) and has served on the board of directors for Directors of Volunteers in Agencies- Los Angeles (DOVIA-LA) since 2009.

Welcome Megan and Jared!  To learn more about our Board Members, visit our Board member page on our 'About Us' web pages.


Group Member Networking Webinars scheduled for September, and November

If you are involved in a leadership role in your local volunteer managers association, group, or organization, AL!VE has planned quarterly networking  roundtables.  Designed specifically for discussing topics and ideas related to these groups.  Past roundtable discussions have included:
Successful leadership models
Recruiting members for your local group
Peer Recognition

We're planning on presenting these roundtables in September, and November.  If you are an AL!VE Group member, we will be notifying you about these networking events soon.

If you're an AL!VE individual member and would like to get your group involved you are welcome to attend. 

Have an idea for a networking topic?  Let us know.  We'd love to hear your ideas!
Newsletter - AL!VE July 2016 Newsletter