AL!VE Newsletter: December 2017
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

A Message from The President

Jason Frenzel, CVA

As we wrap up 2017, I am thankful for many things.  Health and wellness. A job and home. Friends and family. And I’m thankful for the opportunities my community has offered to me. The opportunity to help is a gift in itself. As volunteer engagement professionals, we know the more we put into an endeavor, the more we get out of it. I hold this truth in my time with social services and natural ecosystem organizations that I volunteer with. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to serve OUR community through ALIVE. It’s a pleasure and delight to help create and foster the successes we’ve been accomplishing as of late. If volunteering in a new way with AL!VE with Committee or a short term project is part of your New Year’s resolutions, feel free to contact us.


Upcoming AL!VE Meetings

AL!VE Member Webinar
Friday, January 12th, 2018
11:00-12:00 noon PST /2:00-3:00 pm EST
via GoTo Meeting

New to AL!VE or just want to check in?  Find out what's happening or get a quick fix of networking with your peers. 

AL!VE Academy: Partner Presentation from VIS 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern
via GoToWebinar
Through description and discussion of actual incidents occurring over the 40-year history of the Volunteers Insurance Service program, you will learn how to dig deep to evaluate severity and frequency of foreseeable risks; how to select, train and hold volunteers accountable; how to respond when incidents do occur; and more.  Free for AL!VE members.

To register, click on the title links above or visit our calendar.

Welcome New AL!VE Members

Welcome to our newest AL!VE members:

Jerome Tennille
Marriott International

Sandra Severance
RSVP Nevada

Jackie Coppard
Naples Botanical Garden

Lona Christensen
South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Mark Smith
Project Angel Heart

Katherine Matthews, BS

Liz Wollenberg
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Colleen Rogers
Franciscan Retreat Center

Penny Jane Strauss
Outagamie County

Amber Oudsema
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Rachel Davis
Emerald Youth Foundation

Melissa McDonald
Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division

Carol Heavner

Jessica Gordon
The Peregrine Fund

Kristen Jackson
Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas

Katie Lamb

Emory Lollis
KARM Stores

Cheryl Wegner
San Diego County

Michelle Raymer
Volunteer Iowa

Donna Divodi
City of San Mateo

Thank You to Renewing Members

A big THANK YOU to these renewing members:

Gene Dickinson
Woofstock 2nd Chance Camp
Member Since: 11/06/2012

Krista Gilmore
Senior Services & Community Transit, Cecil County
Member Since: 08/01/2009

Kathryn Hampton, CVA
Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation
Member Since: 06/19/2009

Jane Justis
The Leighty Foundation
Member Since: 08/07/2009

Karmit Bulman
Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Member Since: 08/24/2016

Jared McCannell, CVA
Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Member Since: 11/04/2015

Victoria McCoy
University Health System- San Antonio
Member Since: 09/01/2016

Susan Nusall, CVA
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education
Member Since: 07/07/2010

Kim Soto
San Diego Humane Society
Member Since: 07/02/2016

Amy Simmons
Special Olympics New Jersey
Member Since: 11/05/2015

Upcoming Days of Service

Listed below are upcoming recognized days of service within the next couple of months.  This may be a great opportunity for your organization to host service projects.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
nuary 15th, 2018
With "Make it a day ON... Not a day off!" as its slogan, this commemoration is designed to keep Dr. King's legacy of service to others alive in communities across the United States.  The day of service is scheduled on his nationally-recognized birthday holiday.

National Mentoring Month
nuary 2018
Created in 2002, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.

Question? Contact Us!

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By-Laws Review & Updates

The AL!VE Board of Directors are proposing the following three bylaw changes which need to be voted on by the AL!VE membership:

According to our bylaws, provisions may be made for electronic voting and amendments must be passed by two-thirds vote of the membership. Please review the proposed bylaw changes listed below and click on this link to cast your vote:

Voting will remain open until December 26, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Beth Whitmire, AL!VE Past President and Acting Secretary at

AL!VE Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to all that attended the 2017 AL!VE Annual Meeting.  At this meeting, we had an opportunity to introduce our board members, 2017 successes, 2018 goals for the organization, bylaws revisions, and upcoming events.

Some of our 2017 successes include:

  • Increasing membership by 20% since last year

  • Implementing new member calls from the Membership Committee

  • Revamping the New Member webinar

  • Offering 32 AL!VE Academy webinars and member informational sessions (including those offered from our partners)

  • Partnering with Better Impact to host the Take the Leap | Embrace Change live stream conference

  • Increasing social media presence with over 1,000 followers each on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter

  • Providing bi-monthly newsletter and recurring e-blasts for important information regarding the field of volunteer engagement

  • Attending 13 local events to support volunteer engagement associations

Some of the plans and goals for 2018 include:

  • Redesigning the Member's Only section of the AL!VE website

  • Reviewing all member benefits and creating more collaboration/conversation between members

  • Developing a comprehensive suite of AL!VE Academy webinars that include guest speakers from A!VE partners

  • Expanding the reach of the next live stream conference

  • Developing additional support for local volunteer associations and those wanting to create an association

  • Redesigning the navigation of the AL!VE website and increase access to resources

  • Growing presence and content on LinkedIn

Invitation to Engage
AL!VE also invites you to become engaged in some of the work that supports our organization and its members, or professional working groups that are helping to advance the field of volunteer engagement. Below are some of the groups or activities you may become involved in.

The annual meeting can be viewed in its entirety here.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in AL!VE or AL!VE supported activities, please contact us at

Welcome to our 2018-2021 Board of Directors

We would like to take a moment to congratulate and introduce the newly-elected members to our Board of Directors:

  • Lauren Cossel (Atlantic region)

  • Kathryn Lamb (Great Lakes region)

  • Michelle Raymer (Midwest region)

  • Anthony Richardson (Pacific region)

  • Ashley Rieser, CVA (Atlantic region)

  • Mark Smith, CVA (Mountain region)

  • Jennifer Thompson, CVA (South Central region)

  • Ralph Vogel (Atlantic region)

  • Fr. Richard Wineland (Great Lakes region)

To learn more about our board members, visit the AL!VE website.

SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 Hybrid Conference

AL!VE, Better Impact and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada) are pleased to announce they will partner again to present a
live stream conference in 2018.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018:  Pacific and Mountain times
Wednesday October 24, 2018:  Eastern, Central and Atlantic Time Zones

(time TBA, but likely between 9 -3 pm)

2017 Hybrid Conference titled "Take the Leap | Embrace Change" was a great success with over 30 remote sites participating in the US and Canada with nearly 500 attendees.  AL!VE President Elect Dana Litwin, CVA, moderated the four presenters and included musical interludes, small group work, and perspectives on facing and adapting to change in our personal and professional lives.  Here is some feedback about last year's event!

'I loved the short breaks between each speaker to have discussions at the host sites.  We have really great discussions about the topics, networked with people we had never met before, made arrangements for site visits in the future.  It was absolutely a worthwhile experience which I would do again!  And it was affordable for those of us who have 0 budget for education!!!"

"Really loved the concept of presenter, group questions and then the couch Q&A. Would have been nice to have a little bit longer time to talk about the group questions. Lots of knowledge to share and we often ran out of time."

If you'd like to learn more, sign up for our informational mailing list here.  We will keep you updated on Registration, Topics, etc. Informational webinars will be added in January 2018; watch our calendar for details.
Contact Gretchen Jordan, AL!VE Association Manager.

AL!VE Member Benefit: Verified Volunteers Resource

 Verified Volunteers, the recognized thought leader in the volunteer background screening industry is pleased to provide as a member benefit a free e-Book – 'Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle'
Our background screening partner, Verified Volunteers recently released their e-book, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. This complimentary e-book will help you love your volunteers even more  by learning how to:

  • Better develop and define volunteer positions so both your organization and your volunteers benefit.

  • Get the right people in the right volunteer roles, and set volunteers up for success with proper training and support.

  • Keep volunteers engaged by clearly communicating volunteer impact and outcomes. 

Be sure to download your copy today!

Verified Volunteers also has a blog if you'd like to check out their site for more resources, too.

Keep It Up with Amazon Smile!


AL!VE is dedicated to keeping membership fees low and exercising various funding avenues to enrich our membership offerings.

This holiday season, think about naming AL!VE as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile!

Add AL!VE to your Amazon account so when you purchase certain items, a percentage of that purchase can go directly to AL!VE. To learn more about the program, click here. To select AL!VE as your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

  3. Select AL!VE as your charity to support

Season's Greetings!

To all of our members, thank you for your support.  Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a new year of peace and happiness !!
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