AL!VE Newsletter: April 2020
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, PHR, SHRM-CP

 This issue's message is brought to you by Michelle Raymer, AL!VE President-Elect.  Megan is on maternity leave and is happy and healthy at home with her new son. (ed)

Things are tough right now. Citizens across the country and across the world are feeling disconnected and challenges seem insurmountable. Yet Volunteer Engagement Professionals are stepping up to


Calendar of Events

Live with Tobi! Volunteers & COVID-19: Questions & Answers presented by Volunteer Pro 1 PM E

MAVA Hosted Volunteer Engagement Professional Check in Sessions 2 PM

VolunteerMatch: Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement

IAVE: Coronavirus and Its Impact on the SDG's (UN Sustainable Development Goals)

VolunteerMatch: Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

NonProfit Quarterly: Human Resources: Balancing Urgency & Equity

4/27 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

Live with Tobi! Volunteers & COVID-19: Questions & Answers presented by Volunteer Pro 1 PM E

MAVA Hosted Volunteer Engagement Professional Check in Sessions 2 PM

IAVE: Responding to the Rise of Informal Volunteering

April AL!VE Academy: Partnering With Volunteers Motivated by Faith

VolunteerMatch: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

May AL!VE Academy 2 PM E: Elevating Leaders of Volunteers: Taking that First Step presented by Meridian Swift

VolunteerMatch: Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

The X and Y Factors: Engaging Gen X and Millennials for Impact

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future

COVID-19 Survey : Initial Results presented by Erin Spink of Spinktank

VolunteerMatch: Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

5/14 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinar Noon Eastern

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

VolunteerMatch: Best Practices for Recruiting Online

BONUS AL!VE Academy: Engaging Elected Officials to Promote Volunteerism

CCVA Information Sessions for 2020 CVA Candidates

5/26 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

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

MAVA Volunteer Engagement Virtual Leadership Conference
06/03/2020- 06/05/2020

Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada National Conference
06/08/2020- 06/10/2020

Making Change Happen: Advanced Practices for Volunteer Managers

6/12 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

Volunteer Opportunity!

AL!VE Marketing Committee 
AL!VE HR and Policy Committee 
Communities of Practice - Job Seekers Facilitator


Partner Corner: Energize gathers COVID-19 Resources

Looking for resources regarding the virus?  Energize Inc has a listing of public health, news articles, blogs, organizational responses, technology, self care, and more.  You may also upload a resource you or your agency has created.  Check it out

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


Find us on-line!

Facebook: @Volunteeralive
Twitter: @VolunteerALIVE​
Instagram: @Volunteeralive
LinkendIn: View profile here

Registration Now Open! Volunteer Management Professionals Conference 2020

October 20 & 21, 2020!  "Managing Risk- Balancing Aversion & Innovation".
How will you manage risk in your career, your program, and with volunteers? To view our speakers and learn more, visit the conference website.  Registration discounts will be given for AL!VE Local Association members and those who register before July 1. 

**note**  Given the uncertainty created by the current pandemic, we are already making backup plans. Obviously we are hopeful that this won’t be necessary in late October but we want you to know we will be prepared either way. 
Your first option if the avoidance of group gatherings is still being recommended will be for a full refund. Your second option will be to participate in a version of this conference without the need to gather in a room together. You would however, get your own local virtual room where your booked attendees can gather together for group discussions across the whole room or individual “tables”. Although the cost to us will be substantially higher to run it this way, your fee to AL!VE or VMPC will remain the same.
Attend a 30 minute informational webinar to learn more about our sixth annual Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference. Register on our calendar.

April 27 3 PM E
May 14 1 PM E
May 26 12:30 PM E
June 12 1 PM E
June 22 2:30 PM E

Opportunities in This New Norm: What We Are Demonstrating About Our Profession

Kelli Crawford, CVA

Kelli Crawford is the Volunteer Coordinator and Curator of Collections for the Greensboro Science Centerand Board Member, AL!VEand Vice Chair of the Volunteer Management Committee, Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Hearing this time in our lives referred to as our new normal is difficult when the situation is anything but normal.  Within a few days, my organization shifted from planning for volunteers to still be on site despite being closed to the public to telling them they couldn’t be on site at all until this passes.  We switched gears to exploring how we could can stay connected to them and, if possible, offer them virtual volunteering options.
I’ve also spent much of my time connecting


AL!VE offers extended membership and renewal dates

Cairn Reisch, CVA

Your membership with AL!VE should be an essential piece of your professional development but with these uncertain times, we realize membership fees may be a challenge at this time.  We want our members and the profession to be able to utilize an AL!VE membership!

Balancing the above and that our operating expenses are funded largely by membership dues, the board has met and voted on these 'relief' packages for our members, effective May 1, 2020:

New members (ANY membership plan):  Any new members joining between April 20 – June 30 membership payment is deferred up to 90 days after joining date.  

Renewals (ANY Membership plan): If you have been laid off, hours cut, or position change affected by the C19 Virus, your renewal date will be extended an additional 90 days.  For example, if your renewal date is May 1, your membership renewal fee is not due until August 1.

Past Due (Individual Members only) If you have been laid off, hours cut, or position change affected by the C19 Virus, your renewal date will be extended an additional 90 days IF you contact us by May 31.   

Members can take advantage of all benefits AL!VE offers except the Mentoring programs.  For that, you must be a current paid member.

We will be emailing your invoice, renewal, past due notices with the details next week.

New YouTube series and podcasts for our profession!

AL!VE Past President Dana Litwin presents "Priceless Advice with Leaders of Volunteers" new web series and YouTube channel.
Dana's Priceless Advice for Leaders of Volunteers

1. Meridian Swift, the author of the weekly Volunteer Plain Talk blog.
2. Time + Talent podcast from Tobi Johnson and Jennifer Bennett. 

All podcasts can be found on Spotify and Apple podcasts and a few other platforms.​

How to Make Online Training Work For You - Zoom Edition!

Paula Allen, CVA

Paula Allen, CVA is the Volunteer Program Manager at Filoli Center and the AL!VE Vice President of Programs and Advocacy
Here at AL!VE we’re always thinking of how to share resources with you, our members. During this turbulent time when all non-profits are struggling to engage their audiences and volunteers in a virtual way, we’re bringing you some tips and ideas for building community online, training volunteers remotely, and dealing with a whole new world of technical setup.
First, we want to point you to


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.


Your response needed -COVID 19 Survey

If you manage volunteers, please take five minutes to complete this important COVID-19 / coronavirus survey from SpinkTank. There is a section for volunteers as well, so pass along to volunteers too. The results will help us build a picture locally and internationally about what's happening and plan for the future.

Erin will also present initial findings via an AL!VE Academy webinar on May 13, at 1:30 PM Eastern.
This is a free webinar, register here.

Local Association Member Update

To keep a local association going can be a challenge! Budgets, succession plans, social media, education, advocacy, and more, can become a handful. Guess what? We are here to help!

AL!VE provides programs and support for Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals across the country. Here are some of the resources available for AL!VE Local Association members:


Meet Your Board! Paula Allen, CVA

At the March board meeting, per our bylaws the board voted to appoint Paula Allen as Vice President of Programs and Advocacy to the AL!VE Board of Directors.  She has previously served on the Programs & Advocacy Committee.  Learn more about Paula and our board here.  

Welcome Paula!


MAVA and POL conferences go virtual

Due to the current circumstances, the MAVA conference and the Points of Light Conference in Washington DC are both virtual (MAVA is scheduling an in person option for this fall)


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  • Read the latest news about the profession

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  • Check out the resources page

  • Find volunteer opportunities

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