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

Upcoming Events

Making Change Happen: Advanced Practices for Volunteer Managers

AL!VE Virtual Ice Cream Social - June 10 6:00-7:00 PM Eastern

AL!VE Virtual Ice Cream Social - June 11 6:00-7:00 PM Mountain

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

VolunteerMatch: Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Sterling Volunteers: On-site to On-line: Adapting Training for Virtual Presentation presented by Beth Steinhorn

June AL!VE Academy, 1 PM Eastern: The Three C's of Happy Volunteers, Plus one more C! Presented by Dana Litwin, CVA

6/22 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

Volunteer Match: Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes

VolunteerMatch: Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

AL!VE Member Webinar 3 PM E

7/8 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

7/8 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

VolunteerMatch: Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement

VolunteerMatch: Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program

July AL!VE Academy: Leadership Strategies: Boosting Volunteer Communications in the COVID-19 Era

VolunteerMatch: Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today's Volunteers

VolunteerMatch: Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps

VolunteerMatch: Designing Virtual Opportunities, Managing Remote Volunteers

July 23 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

CCVA Information Sessions for 2020 CVA Candidates

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinar 3:30 PM Eastern

8/3 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Informational Webinar: Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation

VolunteerMatch: Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

VolunteerMatch:Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact

Ice Cream Social Networking Event - You're Invited!

Cairn Reisch, CVA, VP Membership

June 10 - 6-7 Eastern
June 11 - 6-7 Mountain

Register here to attend! 
Bring your own tasty frozen treat and we will see you there.  We have door prizes and lots of networking.  This event is open to all!

Congrats to Our AL!VE Members Who Earned Their CVA!

Cheers to our AL!VE members who recently sat for the Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) exam and passed! Your dedication to our field is admirable. Congratulations on this significant achievement!

Lee Ann Luxenburger, CVA
Hannah Weier, CVA
Sherry Roueche, CVA
Maggie O'Neil, CVA
Motria Hodowanec, CVA
Cairn Reisch, CVA
Amy Colin, CVA
Theresa Price, CVA

June AL!VE Academy: The Three C's of Happy Volunteers - Plus one More!

Don't Miss Our Next AL!VE Academy:
The 3 C's of Happy Volunteers - Plus One More C!
June 19, 1PM EST

Keep and attract the best talent to your volunteer pool by understanding "The 3 C's of Happy Volunteers: Comfort, Convenience, Connection", and how to use "The 3 C's" to cope with the big bad new "C", COVID-19. This fun and interactive session offers practical, scalable solutions to improve volunteer and community engagement - important tools and tactics in any crisis!


Welcome New Members!

Amy Rothery-Colin
Join Date: 02/11/2020

Lacy Blaszak
Join Date: 02/13/2020

Gabby VanderMolen
Join Date: 02/18/2020

Chaundra Johnson
Join Date: 02/19/2020

Nicole Price
Join Date: 02/24/2020

Laura Formentini
Join Date: 02/27/2020

Tanya Eastman
Join Date: 03/04/2020

Antonio Alvarez
Join Date: 03/04/2020

Natalie Barnofsky
Join Date: 03/12/2020

Tina Barzo
Join Date: 03/16/2020

Carole Trone
Join Date: 03/16/2020

Delores Wisdom
Join Date: 03/18/2020

Amanda Andrews
Join Date: 03/18/2020

Doug Blankinship
Join Date: 03/19/2020

Kassia Reedy
Join Date: 03/25/2020

Tisha Snyder
Join Date: 03/26/2020

Karen Reid
Join Date: 04/02/2020

Heather Kiuttu
Join Date: 04/12/2020

Melissa Ryder
Join Date: 04/16/2020

Tammy Horlacher
Join Date: 04/22/2020

Theresa Price
Join Date: 04/28/2020

Kristyn Martin
Join Date: 04/28/2020

Lee Ann Luxenberger
Join Date: 04/30/2020

Maggie O'Neill
Join Date: 05/11/2020

Sarah Avdeeff
Join Date: 05/18/2020

James Rice III
Join Date: 05/20/2020

Thank You to Renewing Members!

Leighty Foundation
Member Since: 08/07/2009

Brian Probst, CVA
Member Since: 02/08/2010

Trudi White Campbell, CVA
Member Since: 03/02/2011

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

VAN Northwest
Member Since: 10/22/2012

Lori A. Morris
Member Since: 09/12/2013

Sheila Bradley
Member Since: 12/10/2013

Elisa Kosarin
Member Since: 01/19/2015

Jennifer Thompson
Member Since: 03/04/2016

Betsy McFarland
Member Since: 12/14/2016

Gerald (Jerry) Pannozzo, CVA
Member Since: 03/01/2017

Sara Curtis
Member Since: 03/12/2017

Member Since: 05/05/2017

Jennifer Weichel
Member Since: 08/08/2017

Antoine Cook
Member Since: 04/18/2018

DOVIA Sacramento
Member Since: 08/27/2018

Paula Allen
Member Since: 02/27/2019

Ericka Harney
Member Since: 04/30/2019

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President's Message

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

Dear AL!VE Members,

If you did not have a chance to read our statement sent last week, I have included it here. Please take a moment to read this important message:

Our country is hurting as recent events have placed a spotlight on our institutionalized racial inequity. We know we need to change as a society. We can start by taking a stand against all forms of racial injustice and demonstrating through actions that Black Lives Matter. Our roles as volunteer engagement professionals can be used as a vehicle for this change.  It is not only an opportunity, but a responsibility we have to bring others together for the common good.

Many of us are asking ourselves what we can do. We challenge each other and you to ask the following questions:

  1. Have we made our volunteer opportunities accessible?  Do we have unintended barriers, including our own biases and privilege, that keep people of color from volunteering?

  2. What can we do to eliminate these barriers (e.g., cost to participate, transportation issues, policy issues, days and times of volunteer opportunities) from our work so our volunteers better reflect the communities we serve?

  3. Are we listening to our community? Are our volunteer departments’ objectives meeting their needs? Are we amplifying all stakeholder voices so they are being heard, understood, and involved in the process?

  4. What happens if we do nothing? What are the consequences of not addressing the questions above? Will taking a neutral stance be doing more harm than good?

We can all do something to move towards racial justice. Please take a moment to think about these questions and work with your teams on solutions in these areas we can control that can make an impact for all.

And remember, we are here for you. Our goal is to provide you with knowledge and resources to help you succeed in being a changemaker for your community and society. Please visit our website’s Resources page as well as the file archive on the Members Only site to access past AL!VE Academies that provide information and tools around diversity and inclusion.

If we can help you in any way, please reach out to us at AL!VE also wants to challenge ourselves to ensure we are listening to our members and providing you with what you need. All feedback and suggestions are welcome so we can continue to enhance our member-driven organization and be an association you can be proud to be a member of.

We look forward to working with all of you in our stand for justice, peace and equity. Our field demands it.

Yours in Service,
AL!VE Board of Directors

Will We See You (Virtually) at the Points of Light Conference?

June 10-12, 2020

The Points of Light Conference is a global convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders who connect, collaborate, gain and share the knowledge and resources needed to galvanize the power of people to create change.

Traditionally held as an in-person convening, the 2020 Points of Light Conference is transitioning into an online experience. This new format opens the opportunity for global access to knowledge and best practice sharing relevant both prior to and through recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, registration is free! If you haven't already, register now to take advantage of this unique opportunity. You will also be able to access recordings of all sessions until the end of August. Don't miss out!

AL!VE is Serving as a Content Partner!
AL!VE has teamed up with Points of Light to offer some free resources to attendees as well as an invitation to our virtual Ice Cream Socials.  Please stop by our room at the conference to check it out.

ICYMI: Did You Read Our Strategic Plan Yet?

In January 2020, AL!VE’s Executive Committee gathered for a two-day retreat to discuss future strategic planning for our association. It was important for us to look at where our association has been for the past decade, where we are now, and what we envision the success of our organization for the future.  This document illustrates what was discussed at our retreat along with our strategic plan for the next five years.
Access AL!VE’s Strategic Plan here.

Local Association National Database Now Hosted by AL!VE

Mark Smith, CVA

Searchable Database for Local Associations Now Live!

We have some good news to share with volunteer engagement professionals and local associations! We now have a searchable database of the local associations across the United States! This has been a goal for a few years and now it has come to fruition.

In the field of volunteer engagement,
knowledge is power, and this is just one more tool to network, increase your professional development, and support each other on this fabulous journey...

Find link 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. 

Attend a 30 minute informational webinar to learn more about our sixth annual Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference. View upcoming webinar dates on our calendar to register.
June 12, 1PM EST
June 22, 2:30PM EST

**note**  Given the uncertainty created by the current pandemic, we are already making backup plans...


Volunteer Opportunities with AL!VE

Michelle Raymer, CVA- AL!VE President-Elect

AL!VE is run by our member volunteers- gain professional experience, expand your network, and give back to the field by volunteering with AL!VE!

Volunteers are needed to present at our AL!VE Academy; facilitate a Communities of Practice for CVA prep; mentor emerging leaders; strengthen our internal volunteer engagement; and serve on committees for Membership, Marketing, and Finance.

Volunteering on a committee or project is also a great way to see if you might be interested in a position with the Board of Directors- applications open this Fall!

Learn more about AL!VE volunteer opportunities on our website.

Partner Corner: Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration

The vision of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) is a world where competent, passionate leaders effectively engage volunteers. CCVA delivers professional certification and advocates ethical practice so organizations can maximize the impact of volunteer involvement to achieve their missions.

Professional certification signals a commitment to excellence. It confirms that individuals have the knowledge needed to competently attract, onboard and support volunteers. Certification promotes personal confidence, and helps employers hire, verify and reward relevant expertise.

Are you interested in obtaining your Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA)?


Impact Award Nominations Open in August

Jennifer Thompson, CVA, AL!VE Impact Award Chair

AL!VE, in partnership with Better Impact, is sponsoring the 2nd Annual AL!VE Impact Awards.

These awards celebrate volunteer engagement professionals who have or are showing exceptional leadership and knowledge in the field of Volunteer Engagement.

There are two categories of awards:

  • Emerging Leader who has been in volunteer administration 1 to 7 years 

  • Exemplary Leader who has been in volunteer administration 7+ years.

All nominees must show volunteer engagement as their primary responsibility and been involved in education or research in the field of volunteer engagement.  There are three winners in each category. Each will receive a cash prize to assist with further professional development and will be recognized during this year’s AL!VE Hybrid Conference.

Nominations begin Monday, August 3, 2020 and must be submitted by 5pm EST on Monday, September 14, 2020.  Please nominate a colleague or yourself. You can find last year’s winners on the AL!VE website here.

Self Care in a Time of Coronavirus

Paula Allen, CVA, VP Programs & Advocacy

Paula Allen, CVA is the Volunteer Program Manager at Filoli Center and the AL!VE Vice President of Programs and Advocacy
 When was the last time you checked in with yourself? As leaders of volunteers, program managers, directors and coordinators of volunteers, whatever your job title is, we check in with people. We check in with our volunteers to build trust and community. We check in with our staff to see how things are going, what more they need in terms of mission-support...


NEW Community of Practice for Job Seekers

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.

Current COP's include:

  • New! Job Seekers/Transition (Starts in July)

  • Transportation Programs (Starts in June)

  • Multi-Site Organizations (see calendar for meeting dates)

  • Rural Communities (see calendar for meeting dates)


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:


REMINDER: AL!VE Offers Extended Membership and Renewal Dates

Cairn Reisch, CVA, VP Membership

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...


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...


Questions? Contact Us!

We are here for you! Please do not hesitate to contact us at or visit our website at  While you are there, you can also:

  • Read the latest news about the profession

  • Submit a calendar or news item

  • Check out the resources page

  • Find volunteer opportunities

  • ...and more!

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