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

Happy Hour at Points of Light Conference in St Paul!

Our seventh annual Happy Hour networking event is scheduled from 7:30-10:00 pm on June 18, just a few blocks from the Points of Light conference.  Thanks to our partner Better Impact for co-sponsoring this event!

Come and network, relax, and connect with your colleagues.  We'll have light appetizers and a no-host bar (AL!VE members & Better Impact guests will receive a free drink ticket).

RSVP please!  Register here

Where:  Location TBA
When:  June 18, 7:30 - 10:00
Who:  Volunteer Engagement Professionals & Guests

Calendar of Events Import

VolunteerMatch: Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service
06/18/2019- 06/20/2019

AL!VE - Better Impact Happy Hour @ Points of Light Conference

Free [Masterclass] Volunteer Management Game Changers: How VolunteerPro Members Mastered Their Biggest Challenges

Informational Webinar: The Future is Now: Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond June 25, Noon Eastern

Texas Volunteer Management Conference
06/27/2019- 06/28/2019

VolunteerPro: [Masterclass} Transform Your Volunteer Program Series Kick Off: Your Checklist for Success

July AL!VE Academy: A Recap of the Points of Light Conference and Update on the National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement

VolunteerPro: Risk Management Without the Worry for Volunteer Programs

VolunteerMatch: The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

VolunteerMatch: Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

VolunteerPro: [Masterclass] Legal Considerations: How to Protect Your Nonprofit from Potential Pitfalls Involving Volunteers

VolunteerMatch: Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

Informational Webinar: The Future is Now: Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond July 22, 2:00 PM Eastern

Communities of Practice- Rural Communities 2 PM Eastern, 11 AM Pacific

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinar 2 PM Eastern

VolunteerMatch: Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers In New Ways

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

These AL!VE Academy Webinars are FREE for members and $25 for non members.

July 10, 2019,  2:00 PM Eastern 
Recap of the 2019 Points of Light Conference in St Paul, Minnesota
Update on the Alliance for Volunteer Engagement

Presented by AL!VE Board President, Dana Litwin, CVA
Dana Litwin Consulting

August 13, 2019, 1:00 PM Eastern
Busting Myths and Believing Benefits: Strategies to Help Staff Want to Work with Volunteers
Presented by Lisl Hacker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Massachusetts Service Alliance

Welcome New Members!

Melissa Bellon, United States Pharmacopeia

Vicky Bhogal, Water For People

Kim Sanecki, City of Coral Springs

Michael Mashburn

Heather Rodrigues Furuta, Bill Wilson Center​

Motria Hodowanec, UPMC​

Ericka Harney,

Sarah Varick, Providence Hospice

Jonathan Tate, Warm Hearth Village

Brent Sturm, United Way of the River Cities, Inc.

Sandy Colea, Citizens Review Board for Children

Rachel Simon, NV Rides

Wendy McClure, Dauphin County Library System

Kristine Flynn, Western Development Museum

Allison Stone, Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Tracy Clarke, Diabetes Canada

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, July 30th, 2019 P 2 PM EST/11 AM PST
Thursday, September 19th, 2019 1 PM EST

Partner Corner-Verified Volunteers

The Verified Volunteers mission is, at its core, to help nonprofits and service organizations better fulfill their missions by reducing the time and costs associated with volunteer screening. Our platform’s self-service features, sharing capabilities and management tools make a once-burdensome process easy.Learn more at their website

Verified Volunteers is proud to partner with AL!VE and provide a sponsorship so we can expand our online meeting services.  Thank you to our friends at Verified Volunteers for partnering with us!

Susan J. Ellis Foundation Provides Grants or Support for Programs

To honor the legacy of Susan Ellis, Energize Inc has created the Susan J. Ellis Foundation and will, in the coming months, “provide grants or support programs that will expand volunteer administration and support education and research activities in volunteerism” Contributions are being accepted for it at

We're Now on Instagram!

 See more at volunteeralive on insta!  Thanks to AL!VE Board Member Audrey Kidwell for setting up and managing.  If you'd like to help with instagram or other social media, contact us.

AL!VE 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.

Question? Contact Us!

We are here for you!  If you have a question, recommendation or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us at  Or visit our website at

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Dana Litwin, CVA

 June’s tune is a catchy little ditty called “Busy Bees”!
 I am one of many AL!VE members (and Board directors) who will be in   St.Paul, MN, this month for the Points of Light Conference on         Volunteering and Service. I’m presenting a few workshops, hosting the   AL!VE Happy Hour, and facilitating the first in-person meetings of the   new cross-sector National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement ( If you are at the conference June 18th-20th, come up and say “Hi” to me (fun fact: I’m quite friendly), and be sure to swing by the AL!VE members party Happy Hour (with a raffle!), and visit the AL!VE booth in the conference exhibition hall. This year we are proudly hosting a booth with our friends from the Council on Certification in Volunteer Administration (
Summer, especially June, is often the busiest time of year for all of us: extra volunteer events and activities, kids finishing the school year, the Points of Light Conference, Pride celebrations, planning vacations, covering for co-worker vacations – even with all the fun, this can be a seriously tiring time!
I remind myself, and invite all of you – whenever possible, even for 5 minutes - to take  a breath, take a break, take a nap, take a quiet mindful moment for yourself. The work and the fun will still be there after you take a minute (or many) to recharge. You deserve it! Leaders of Volunteers give so much to so many all the time – treat yourself.  If you need a pat on the back, a smile, a shoulder to cry on – we get it, and we got your back. WE are here for you, our members, and each other in this AL!VE community together. Enjoy the tune, and Happy June!

2019 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference: Register Soon!

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

Visit the Conference Website

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 had 35 remote locations and over 1,000 attendees. 

We already have locations registered in
Sioux Falls, SD, Plano, TX, San Diego, CA & Boston, MA!

Our speaker lineup this year includes:


Get More Involved With AL!VE!

AL!VE has been working diligently behind the scenes to enhance each member's experience to get the most out of membership!  But we cannot do it alone. We are in need of assistance from our members to serve on our committees.  
We would love to speak with you further about the ways you can gain new skills and experience or use your talents to assist AL!VE in advancing our mission and moving our industry forward. Listed below are descriptions of each committee and the time commitment required. If you cannot make the committee meetings, you can still reach out to the committee chair to see how you can still offer your assistance.  Committee involvement is a great way to gain experience and exposure on a regional, state, or national level. If there's a skill you'd like to learn, we can also mentor/train you.  Committee or Volunteer work also counts towards CVA recertification and looks great on your resume.

Thank you for considering volunteering with us!  You can apply here. We hope to speak with you soon!

Membership Committee
Duties: Committee members assist the VP of Membership with creating and cultivating the member experience.Commitment: 2-4 hours per month. Membership Committee meets the fourth Thursday of each month (10-11 AM PST/ 1-2 PM EST). 

Programs & Advocacy Committee
Duties: Committee members assist the VP of Programs and Advocacy with developing innovative and creative ways of delivering professional development programming and industry information.
Commitment: 2-4 hours per month. Programs & Advocacy Committee meets the first Friday of each month (9-10am PST/ 12-1pm EST). 

Marketing Committee
Duties: Committee members assist the VP of Marketing with publicity and engagement strategies aimed towards current and potential members through various communications channels.Commitment: 2-4 hours per month. Marketing Committee meetings are TBA 
If Interested: Contact Gretchen Jordan, Association Manager at or 650-534-2094

Networking & Learning Opportunity -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. *This group is meeting soon, connect ASAP to be involved*
For more information or to join, contact Allyson Drinnon, COP facilitator, at

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

Click here to Register!

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

Local Associations Mentor Program - Now Accepting Applications for Mentees and Mentors

Jennifer Thompson, CVA

 AL!VE is piloting a mentor program for local associations to assist them to grow into local strong sources of professional development, networking, and leadership development. 
Building a national network of strong, functional local associations of volunteer engagement professionals is a benefit to all to keep updated on the latest in regional, state, or national issues and events.  Our  mentorship program entails different levels of mentorship for your group.  Each mentorship program last six months to one year, depending on the level.
Non-members -  They will receive 1 phone call/meeting with a mentor to consult and give advice.
AL!VE Individual members – They will receive 2 phone calls/meetings to consult and give advice + 1 coaching session within a six month period.
AL!VE Association Member – Up to a 12 month plan with calls, action plan, quarterly discussion sessions, follow-up and more.
To apply for a mentorship for your local association, click here

If you would like to mentor a local association, we’d love to have you be a part of the mentorship team!  You’ll work with AL!VE board members to set up short consultation, coaching, or educational sessions on topics that you have expertise in and local associations need.  This is a time commitment of a few hours a month on a regular basis, or less frequent depending on your schedule.

To apply to become a mentor, click here.

We will be sending a short survey to all local associations nationwide.  Your response is greatly appreciated and will help us all.

Want to be involved in this project?  Contact Gretchen Jordan, AL!VE Association Manager 

More information is on our website.

Does Your Agency Utilize Volunteer Drivers?

If your agency utlitizes volunteer drivers, there is a great resource out there - a low cost, online, volunteer driver safety course!  AL!VE's partner VIS (Volunteer Insurance Services) has developed this course and is available for anyone.

If your agency is a member of VIS this course is free.  Otherwise it is $25.  Learn more about the course here.

Want to learn a little more about risk management/insurance terms and volunteer programs?  Check out this glossary of insurance terms and other volunteer-related topics.

NEW Member Benefit - Job Board!

New!  AL!VE is piloting a job board for members only.  Find out what's being offered in your area, regionally, statewide, or nationally.

To post a job:  Fill out our short form here:  We'll post the job listing as soon as possible (AL!VE is not endorsing a position, only listing the information)

To search for jobs:  Access the members only side of the AL!VE website.  Click on Resources and then  'job boards' section.  Click on the postings for more information.  

Want to post a job?  Fill this out right here:  

This could be a great time to brush up your resume.  Don't forget to list any additional leadership experience you may have with your local association of volunteer engagement professionals, your CVA credential, or involvement with AL!VE!

If you'd like to volunteer to help post job listings, fill out our volunteer application here.

New Resource on Citywide Engagement Strategies

VQ Volunteer Strategies has partnered with Offero to develop a new, free and downloadable guide designed to help government leaders (particularly leaders on city and county levels) build a case for a citywide engagement strategy. The guide was developed in response to inquiries and feedback that both parties have received as a leader in developing technologies to support municipal/county engagement and as as a trainer and consultant.  This guide is free to download and will be available on AL!VE's resource page.

To learn more, visit Offero's website.  

This material will also be presented at the Points of Light Conference in St Paul this June.

Thank you to both Volunteer Strategies and Offero for making this resource available!


Handbook for Local Associations Now in Production

Mark Smith, CVA

Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals – we are here to support you!
We feel your struggles and are in the process of creating a “how-to” handbook specifically to help you – either as a new association or a long running one, you have issues you need resolved and we may have the answers. We’ll be sure to let you know when the handbook is complete, but for now we have a favor to ask - would you help us in creating/finalizing the handbook? We are looking for some sample documents (items listed below), so if you have any of these you can share, please send them to
Thank you!
  • How many members serve on your local association’s board?
  • Org Chart or Board structure (Pres, VP, etc. or other structure and roles)
  • Term policy
  • Screening process for new board members
  • Checks and balance procedures for finances/accountability
  • Budget worksheet specifically for events
Watch your email for more information and publishing date.
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