AL!VE Newsletter: February 2019
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

Upcoming Conferences & Partner Webinars

To register, click on the webinar title below or visit our calendar.

VolunteerPro: How to Find & Recruit Your Volunteer Dream Team - a Step-by-Step guide
02/21/2019 (fee-based)

VolunteerPro: Make it Stick! How to Design Volunteer Orientation Training That Engages Learners
03/05/2019 (fee-based)

VolunteerPro: Make it Stick! How to Design Volunteer Orientation Training That Engages Learners
03/13/2019 (fee-based)

VolunteerPro: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work-How to Lead Volunteers and Reduce Your Stress
03/28/2019 (fee-based)

VolunteerPro: Volunteer and Board Appreciation on a Shoestring - How to Recognize and Inspire Deeper Commitment to Your Cause
04/11/2019 (fee-based)

Calendar Submissions Welcome!
Our website's calendar highlights AL!VE events as well as events from our colleagues and associations in the field.  If you'd like to add a date for an event that is related to volunteer engagement or professional development, provide us the information here. Your event will be reviewed for approval and posted usually within 24 hours.

Welcome New AL!VE Members

Welcome to our newest AL!VE members:

Oneota Volunteer Coordinators

Heather Satterly
AmeriCorps Partners in Learning

Molly Anderegg
RSVP of North Central Iowa

Ashley Farmer-Hanson
Buena Vista University

Marie Zoromski
RSVP Dubuque County

Erika Abusharkh
AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children

Angela Kofoot
Voluntary Action Center - IGL

Heidi Shannon

Mary Murphy
Family Services Inc.

Yerlina Santos
Serve DC - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism

Sherry Roueche
Homeward Bound

John Gillig
Serve Kentucky

Morris Cohen
Rebecca's Tent

Des Culpitt
Serve Minnesota

Johanna Duncan
Metro Achievement Center

Linda Cieciek
American Red Cross Michigan Region

Rachelle Lange
Samaritan Healthcare

Ryan Barton
Community Preservation and Development Corporation

Thank You to Renewing Members

A big THANK YOU to these renewing members:

Rick Lynch
Member Since: 06/23/2009

Shelly McAlpin, CVA
Member Since: 08/11/2009

Dallas Assoc. Directors of Vols
Member Since: 11/02/2009

Brian Probst, CVA
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Member Since: 02/08/2010

Trina Mayhan-Webb, MA, CVA
Fairfax County
Member Since: 10/05/2010

Donna Martin MAET, CVA
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
Member Since: 06/27/2011

Carly Brown
The Oregon Community Foundation
Member Since: 07/25/2011

Dana Litwin, CVA
Member Since: 01/27/2012

VAN Northwest VAN
Member Since: 10/22/2012

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

Jessica Stanbury
Member Since: 12/03/2013

Shelby Seferian
Nevada Volunteers
Member Since: 10/21/2014

Elisa Kosarin
Twenty Hats
Member Since: 01/19/2015

Stacie Moody
Union Station
Member Since: 09/28/2016

Member Since: 12/27/2016

Kelly Herrmann
Isabella County Gold Key Volunteer Program
Member Since: 02/03/2017

Mallory Fernandez
Isabella County Gold Key Volunteer Program
Member Since: 02/03/2017

Brandi Knivila
Isabella County Gold Key Volunteer Program
Member Since: 02/03/2017

Carla Lehn
The Lehn Group
Member Since: 08/01/2017

Jennifer Weichel
Michigan State University
Member Since: 08/08/2017

Terri Hayden
The Hub on Smith
Member Since: 08/10/2017

Kevin Engel-Cartie
Member Since: 12/28/2017

United Way Volunteer Center
Member Since: 12/28/2017

Shelly Kaiser
Member Since: 01/01/2018

Anne Owens
Volunteer Center of Story County
Member Since: 01/02/2018

Justin Ellis
Iowa Campus Compact
Member Since: 01/03/2018

Monique Ellefson
Iowa Campus Compact
Member Since: 01/03/2018

Geovanni Almanza
Iowa Campus Compact
Member Since: 01/03/2018

Ryan Rogers
Iowa Campus Compact
Member Since: 01/03/2018

Emily Shields
Iowa Campus Compact
Member Since: 01/03/2018

Kara Trebil-Smith
Iowa Campus Compact
Member Since: 01/03/2018

Nichole Sorgenfrey
United Way of Muscatine
Member Since: 01/09/2018

United Way of East Central Iowa
Member Since: 01/15/2018

Ali Wilson
United Way of Wapello County Volunteer Center
Member Since: 01/17/2018

Jeff Pal
The Salvation Army of McHenry County
Member Since: 01/18/2018

Jennifer Rawson
Douglas County Libraries
Member Since: 01/22/2018

Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley
Member Since: 02/13/2018

Susan Ellis: An Unmatched Legacy to Continue

A Message from The President, Dana Litwin, CVA

On behalf of the Board of Directors for AL!VE, we all express our deepest sympathies on the passing of Susan Ellis. If you’ve been involved with volunteer engagement for any period of time, you have likely been impacted in some way by the breadth and depth of Susan’s advocacy, education, and resources. From to literally writing the book on engaging, leading, and inspiring volunteers, the profession would not be where it is without her and simply will not ever be the same.

A personal memory for me is the excited discussion with Susan and our peers from around the world at the 2017 MAVA National Summit, leading to the launch of what is now the National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement. As the fiscal agent for the new Alliance, AL!VE is continuing to support and facilitate this exciting cross-sector venture; one of many sparks ignited by Susan’s passion and dedication to the evolution of our profession.

Susan was always a voice for all of us and sometimes a voice upon us – encouraging, advocating, and leading the way for us all to take the time for our professional development and thinking BIG.

You can read her official obituary from Energize, which provides more details about her passing and her legacy. Also, the newly formed Susan J. Ellis Foundation will, in the coming months, “provide grants or support programs that will expand volunteer administration and support education and research activities in volunteerism” and contributions are being accepted for it at

Please join me in honoring the unique and incomparable legacy that Susan Ellis has left for our profession by continuing to strive for the ideals she has held high.

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 Hybrid Conference & Call for Presenters

   2019 Hybrid Conference
The Future is Now:
Tech Trends Transforming 2020 and Beyond

Technology has changed the way we plan, lead and manage volunteers in a big way.  And new technologies on the horizon are going to bring even greater changes.  What are some of the tech tools out there you can use now to leverage volunteers to their full potential? What are some pending changes that you should start preparing for today? How can you be ready to infuse technology to work smarter, not harder into the next decade and beyond?

Now in its fifth year, this collaborative event between AL!VE, Better Impact and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada) broadcasts a virtual presentation to remote locations in North America.  2018's event 35 remote locations and over 1,000 attendees.  Registration for host locations will open in early March.  To join a mailing list to keep updated, sign up here.

Interested in Presenting?
If you would like to present to your peers or would like to refer a presenter, learn more information here.  Proposals are accepted until March 6th, 2019 and applicants will be notified by March 13th, 2019.

Partner Webinar: Driving Your Strategy with Greater Focus & Clarity

AL!VE Partner Webinar:
[Masterclass] Volunteer Management Game Changers - Driving Your Strategy with Greater Focus & Clarity

Friday, March 1st, 2019

1pm EST / 10am PST

via Zoom
Cost: AL!VE Members (Free)
To attend this event, register here.

Presented by:
Tobi Johnson, Tobi Johnson & Associates

ALIVE and VolunteerPro are pleased to announce a free Partner Webinar on how to drive your volunteer strategy forward. Get clear on the “big rocks” you need to move this year that will actually make a difference.

You will learn:

  • 3 fixed mindsets that may be killing volunteer engagement at your nonprofit

  • A simple framework to align your priorities with those of your agency

  • Where to focus efforts for evidence-based engagement and retention

You will get these BONUSES ...

  • Quick Agency Self Assessment Tip Sheet

  • Goal Cascade Worksheet

  • Thumbnails of the slides (PDF, 2 per page)

Join One of AL!VE’s Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice is a group of volunteer engagement professionals that meets virtually to share issues, strategies and best practices, get and receive colleagues' support, make connections, and provide an opportunity to share information, experiences, and resources specific to the industry/structure or community they serve.

NEW: Multiple Locations/Affiliates Communities of Practice
Date and Time TBD by group

Calling all volunteer management professionals who work at an organization with multiple locations or affiliates!

You are invited to join an exclusive community dedicated to solving the issues you are facing.
AL!VE is forming a community of practice to include leading national and international nonprofits responsible for supporting volunteer engagement throughout their organizations. Volunteer engagement staff at a nonprofit with multiple locations are often supporting volunteer managers, rather than directly supporting volunteers.  Discussion topics will be guided by member needs, but can include sharing around risk management and data protection, creating virtual training for multiple locations, and connecting our work to Sustainable Development Goals. 

For more information or to join, contact Allyson Drinnon, COP facilitator, at

Rural Communities of Practice
April 25th, July 24th and October 15th
2pm EST / 11am PST

Registration coming soon!

Volunteer Engagement Professionals in small towns face unique challenges and opportunities that aren’t always addressed by advice intended for city-based audiences. There are also fewer opportunities to connect with others doing similar work across the country. That’s what led to the creation of AL!VE’s Community of Practice (CoP) for volunteer engagement professionals in rural communities.

For any questions about this, please contact Michelle Raymer, COP facilitator, at

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

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. 

New members will get a brief overview of our mission, benefits, activities and committees.  Existing members can get a refresher, check in and ask questions. We'll share upcoming announcements, activities, calendar events and trainings.

Webinars will be approximately 30 minutes with an additional 30 minutes allocated for networking or discussion.  

Register for an upcoming webinar:
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019; 3pm EST / 12pm PST
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019; 2pm EST / 11am PST

Registration Now Open: 2019 Points of Light Conference

This year’s Points of Light Conference (June 18-20 in St. Paul, MN) will have a strong focus on volunteer engagement leadership, including an exciting plenary and over 40 breakout sessions.  Content for this track is being developed by practitioners in the field, led by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA).

Early bird registration is now open!
Register today to receive this discounted rate.

Get Ready to Celebrate National Volunteer Week!

National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.

Are you ready to celebrate your volunteers?
Check out Points of Light website for ideas and marketing materials.

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 project.

Cesar Chavez Day
March 31st, 2019
An official holiday in six states and dozens of cities and counties throughout the United States, this day honors the life, work, and values of activist Cesar E. Chavez with a day of service and learning.

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