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

President's Message

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

Dear AL!VE Members,

Can you believe it is already August? Sometimes it feels like it is March... 168th! I know across the nation we all have different levels of involvement when it comes to the pandemic we are living in/with. As someone who is based in LA County, we are extremely vigilant as a healthcare organization to do what we can to eradicate this virus! I know you all are working to do the same throughout your organizations and I applaud your efforts to bring back your volunteers and hopefully source new ones as many are seeing the value of helping their community in need.

I also want to remind you to take care of yourself and avoid the pitfalls of burnout as you have adjusted to this new normal. Do not forget about taking time to downshift, rejuvenate and innovate! With that in mind, I would like you to consider participating in this round of the mentor program. We have a stellar group of mentors that can help guide you through these challenging times and help you plan for your future career development.

As always, continue to be safe and healthy as we move into the Fall!

Welcome to Our New Members!

Julienne Springer
Join Date: 07/07/2020

Betsy Storm
Join Date: 07/07/2020

Dee Martin
Join Date: 07/08/2020

Vanessa Verdugo
Join Date: 07/08/2020

Nicole R Smith
Join Date: 07/08/2020

Sherry Hoban
Join Date: 07/09/2020

Stacia Miller
Join Date: 07/09/2020

Donna Young
Join Date: 07/10/2020

Rebecca Watts
Join Date: 07/16/2020

Ana Teresa Colin Garcia
Join Date: 07/21/2020

Missy Reams
Join Date: 07/23/2020

Renee Hartwig
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Janine Kohn
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Benji Kohn
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Linda Radimecky
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Sara Holger
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Kelly Randall
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Karen Harrison
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Dawn Bahajak
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Forest Eidbo
Join Date: 07/29/2020

Thank You to Renewing Members!

Katherine Campbell, CVA
Member Since: 07/23/2009

Krista Gilmore
Member Since: 08/01/2009

Tony Goodrow
Member Since: 08/06/2009

Meghan Kaskoun, CVA
Member Since: 07/20/2010

Barbara Sheffer
Member Since: 06/19/2011

Donna Martin MAET, CVA
Member Since: 06/27/2011

Betsy Mudd
Member Since: 05/21/2013

Jan Hathaway
Member Since: 08/30/2013

Allyson Drinnon
Member Since: 06/24/2014

Jenn Forristal
Member Since: 06/30/2015

Andrea Hill
Member Since: 06/27/2016

Alana Knoppow
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Megan Vixie, CVA
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Angie Drier
Member Since: 07/25/2016

Holly Payne
Member Since: 08/08/2016

Amanda Caruso-Yahne
Member Since: 08/03/2017

Lisa Greenberg
Member Since: 08/10/2017

Marcia Haglund
Member Since: 08/11/2017

Jennifer Tatum
Member Since: 08/22/2017

Ramona Gaukel
Member Since: 04/25/2018

Joanna White
Member Since: 07/04/2018

Jessica Ames
Member Since: 07/09/2018

Cairn Reisch
Member Since: 09/04/2018

Annette Sutfin
Member Since: 06/13/2019

Larkin O'Toole
Member Since: 06/21/2019

Joan Cardellino
Member Since: 07/10/2019

Adrienne Polumbo
Member Since: 07/16/2019

Hannah Weier
Member Since: 09/16/2019

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

New to AL!VE or just want to check in?  
September 16, 1 PM E / 10 AM P
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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Meet the Mentors and Apply for AL!VE's Emerging Leaders Mentor Program

Emerging Leaders Mentor Program
October 2020 - March 2021

AL!VE is dedicated to the professional growth and development of leaders in volunteer engagement. The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Mentor Program is to provide a platform for AL!VE members to connect, share best practices and position themselves as leaders in the field through ongoing professional development and skills building.

For more information about this program, commitments and requirements, etc., please visit our website here. The mentorship will commence during the months of October 2020 - March 2021.


Our seasoned, experienced AL!VE members are donating their time and talent to you! If you are interested in participating in this program, please learn a little bit about our mentors to help you determine who may be a good match for you! Click here to see our mentor list for the Fall 2020 program.

If interested in becoming a mentee: Complete the mentee application here
Applications are due by Monday, September 2nd!

IMPORTANT: Save the date for mandatory orientation that will be held on September 10th, 2020 at 12pm PST/3pm EST. Mentors and mentees will attend to learn more about one another before selecting their preferences for mentorship.
If you have any concerns about this program, please contact us at

Registration Now Open!


October 20 & 21, 2020! 
"Managing Risk- Balancing Aversion & Innovation"

You can attend this conference three ways:
Host a local face to face event
Host a virtual event
Attend as an individual
Learn more at the conference website.

Hosting sites in:
Phoenix, AZ (AVACA)
Tulsa, OK (TulsAL!VE)
Sacramento, CA (Sacramento DOVIA)
Tuscon, AZ (SAVMA)
Los Angeles, CA (DOVIA-LA)
Fargo, ND (DVS Fargo-Moorhead)
Cedar Rapids, IA (United Way East Central Iowa)
Huntington, WV (United Way of the River Cities, Inc)
Newark, DE (DAVA)

BONUS Pre-Conference Content Open to All
Resiliency in Volunteer Engagement - Lessons from a Pandemic
August 12, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern (must register by August 10)

Our moderator, Faiza Venzant hosts a panel including Jerome Tenille, Rob Jackson, and Lindsay Baker. During this panel, your colleagues in volunteer engagement will share:
- Their diverse experiences navigating COVID 19
- How it has impacted their volunteer engagement practice and
- What lessons and opportunities have emerged as a result. Learn more and register here.

Don't Miss Our Next AL!VE Academy!

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Volunteer Engagement
August 7, 2PM EST / 11AM PST

The recent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in national conversation—sparked by several high-profile murders of Black individuals at the hands of police—has increased the urgency many of us feel to build a more equitable society. Structural change starts with each of us actively working to become more understanding and empathetic advocates for justice.

Join us and build your understanding of essential Diversity, Equity and Inclusion concepts and how to put them into practice in your organization. Leave with next steps for continuing your personal anti-oppression journey, addressing inequity in your volunteer program, and educating volunteers on best practices.
Learn how to...


NEW! Community of Practice for Healthcare!

We are starting a
Health Care
Community of Practice

This meeting is open to all volunteer engagement professionals in the health care field - hospitals, blood banks, health care facilities, long-term health centers, etc).  Health care can have some unique situations, requirements, and environments for volunteers!  Join your colleagues in discussion about your questions, situations, needs, and share your experiences with others as well.  Let’s support each other! This will involve the following...


2021 AL!VE Board Nominations Opening Soon

Michelle Raymer, CVA AL!VE President Elect

Do you have a passion for Volunteer Engagement and the growth and success of the profession?
Then consider applying to serve on the AL!VE Board!

Board service is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience, and make lasting connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals throughout the country. Our Board aspires to be representative of our membership and the communities that they serve.  If you feel you have helpful skills and knowledge, or a unique voice, lived experience or perspective that you can lend, please consider applying.

Nominations will open in late August- watch for more information soon!


2020 Impact Award Nominations Are Open!

Jennifer Thompson, CVA, Impact Awards Chair

Volunteer Engagement Professionals:
Nominations for the 2020 Impact awards are now open!

Every volunteer professional is an amazing persona and each of us need to be recognized for all our hard work and dedication to their volunteers and their programs. Here is that opportunity to be recognized by your peers and win a monetary award for your continuing professional development... 


Local Association Member Spotlight: DOVIA-LA

Submitted by Kate Ekman, DOVIA-LA President

There are approximately 100 Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals.  AL!VE has a list of them on our website.  Don't see yours listed?  Visit this page and view the list, and make sure your local association is represented!  In each newsletter we will share about one of them.

Tell us a little bit about DOVIA-LA?  DOVIA-LA Directors of Volunteers in Agencies - Los Angeles
DOVIA-LA was founded in the mid-1960s and currently has about 100 members.  We meet virtually Friday mornings every other month and currently they are open to all.  You can see...


RESOURCE: A Case Study for Advocacy

Michelle Raymer, CVA, AL!VE President Elect

At a time when our organizations are impacted by budget and staffing cuts as well as  concerns for our own health and that of our volunteers, we may not feel like we have the capacity for advocacy. But I would argue that there has never been a more important time to advocate. 

You’ve likely heard that perfection is the enemy of progress. It is so true for all of us today. With many of our volunteer programs on hold and  many of our volunteers in limbo about their ability to return to our organizations, advocating for our programs and our profession is essential. 

Advocacy can look
like many things...


INPUT NEEDED: MAVA Conducts New Survey on Engaging Older Volunteers

Submitted by Karmit Bulman, MAVA


The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) is conducting a study on embracing and engaging older volunteers. Older adults, many of whom are highly educated, skilled and experienced, offer tremendous potential volunteerism in our communities yet we have not effectively tapped into this vast resource. The COVID 19 pandemic....


Upcoming Days of Service

Need to plan a service project? See upcoming days of service to help you market your need:

World Humanitarian Day (August 19th)

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. This year, the United Nations has chosen to focus on female humanitarians, sharing the stories of 24 women who are affecting change in cities and towns and villages around the world.

Share these stories and help inspire others to commit to inspiring acts of service, or recreate these for your organization!

9/11 Day of Service (September 11th)

In the U.S., September 11th has now been officially designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance under the 2009 Serve America Act and the Corporation for National and Community Service coordinates it. Visit the website to register your service project or find ideas and resources to create a service project.

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