AL!VE Newsletter: October 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,

Fall is in the air and I am reflecting on the things that we can look forward to through our work at AL!VE. I know sometimes looking for the bright side of things can be challenging to do considering our current climate, but I also know that looking forward in anticipation for positive things on the horizon can help us weather the storms!

In partnership with Better Impact, AL!VE will be hosting our virtual live-stream conference, "Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion & Innovation." We have almost 30 local associations and sites that will be hosting across the U.S. and Canada. I really enjoy this conference as we get to connect with our peers but also hear from leading experts around innovative and relevant topics for our work today. And what a lineup!
A special thank you to all who have applied to serve on our Board of Directors for the 2021 elections. We have had more interest than ever and the Board Development Committee will begin the interviewing and selection process over this next month.  They will prepare a slate of board members which will require your vote of approval coming at the end of this month.  I am truly excited to see what the future holds for our board and our association.

And lastly, a thank you to all of you that have continued your professional development with us in more ways than one. From the mentor program to communities of practice, AL!VE Academies or socials, it has been awesome to connect with you and just get support from our colleagues all around.  If you haven't been able to engage with our community, that is ok. With so many competing demands, go easy on yourself. Join us when you can and we'll be ready to say welcome back!

As always, continue to be safe and healthy!

Board Election Update

Michelle Raymer, CVA AL!VE President Elect & Board Developme

Thank you to all candidates who stepped up to indicate interest in service on Al!VE’s Board! Phone interviews with all candidates will be conducted by the Board Development Committee, and the slate of candidates will announced for membership voting on October 26th. Stay tuned for your opportunity to vote!

Welcome to our new members!

Amy Oliver
Join Date: 09/01/2020

Marie Saunders
Join Date: 09/01/2020

Karen Goates
Join Date: 09/01/2020

Merry Sam
Join Date: 09/02/2020

Shannon Graham
Join Date: 09/03/2020

Melissa Heinlein
Join Date: 09/10/2020

Robin Telle
Join Date: 09/14/2020

Michelle Thyen
Join Date: 09/17/2020

JoAnna Scott-Scates
Join Date: 09/21/2020

Marcelle Austin
Join Date: 09/22/2020

Christine Kirwan, VAWNY
Join Date: 09/26/2020

Sierra Johnston, VAWNY
Join Date: 09/26/2020

Suzette O'Brien, VAWNY
Join Date: 09/26/2020

Lisa Johnson, VAWNY Volunteer Administrators Western NY
Join Date: 09/26/2020

Michael Mulhern
Join Date: 09/29/2020

Thank you to renewing members!

Kay Sibetta AARP Georgia
Member Since: 11/22/2017
Renewed On: 10/01/2020

Barry Altland
Member Since: 08/18/2019
Renewed On: 09/08/2020

Christi Brown MHA, CVA, CAVS
Member Since: 10/29/2018
Renewed On: 09/02/2020

Heather Crandall, CVA, CIT
Member Since: 09/05/2019
Renewed On: 09/02/2020

Joan Cardellino DOVIA Sacramento
Member Since: 08/27/2018
Renewed On: 09/16/2020

Yvonne Dunphe
Member Since: 07/21/2018
Renewed On: 09/08/2020

Harriett Edwards
Member Since: 06/05/2009
Renewed On: 09/10/2020

Jason Frenzel, CVA
Member Since: 08/25/2009
Renewed On: 09/10/2020

Matt Hoffman
Member Since: 11/27/2019
Renewed On: 09/29/2020

Stacey Luhring, CVA
Member Since: 11/23/2009
Renewed On: 09/28/2020

Barrie Madasu
Member Since: 05/23/2019
Renewed On: 09/13/2020

Brenda Michael-Haggard, CVA
Member Since: 09/22/2010
Renewed On: 09/09/2020

Cindy Perreira
Member Since: 11/15/2018
Renewed On: 10/01/2020

Heather Rodrigues Furuta
Member Since: 04/25/2019
Renewed On: 09/15/2020

Allison Schwartz
Member Since: 11/28/2018
Renewed On: 09/30/2020

Mark Smith
Member Since: 10/27/2017
Renewed On: 09/28/2020

Kim Soto
Member Since: 07/02/2016
Renewed On: 09/14/2020

Jerome Tennille
Member Since: 10/09/2017
Renewed On: 09/18/2020

Lisa Varner
Member Since: 07/11/2019
Renewed On: 09/30/2020

Craig Young
Member Since: 08/05/2017
Renewed On: 09/08/2020

Points of Light Conference Call for Proposals ends soon!

The 2021 Points of Light Conference is scheduled for July 14-16 with live sessions occurring at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, and online sessions for a virtual audience.  

The conference team is seeking proposals for content workshops that are geared toward audiences actively engaged in changemaking initiatives from the nonprofit, government, business, and civic sectors. Sessions should be designed to engage individuals where they are in their commitment to social good, volunteerism, and community and civic engagement. Presenters may have the opportunity to either present in-person during the conference or provide a recorded presentation for the virtual platform.  Proposal submissions close Friday, October 16, 2020.

Learn more and apply here.

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!

Registration Closes Soon For Individual and Host sites


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

You can attend this conference three ways:

  • Attend as an individual ($65 for AL!VE Members)
  • Attend one of our virtual host sites
  • Host a local event in your area & invite others

Virtual 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)
  • Sioux Falls, SD (DOVIA of the Sioux Empire)
  • Des Moines, IA ( VMCI )
  • York, PA (Wellspan members only)
  • Ann Arbor, MI (WAVC)
  • Louisville, KY (KAVA)
  • Kansas City, KS  (MOVE)
  • New York, NY (NYAVA)
  • Wisconsin (WCVA)

Community of Practice Upcoming Meeting Dates

The AL!VE Communities of Practice (COP) Program is designed to give AL!VE members networking and educational opportunities within their field of expertise.  It is a time for members to share experiences with fellow AL!VE members. 
For more information about joining a Communities of Practice, visit our webpage.  Active COP's at this time:

  • Rural Communities COP October 20, 2 pm E, 11am P
  • *NEW!* Cultural Arts, October 22, 3 pm E , Noon P (see the 'read more')
  • Transportation COP November 4, 1 am E/10am P
  • Health Care COP November 6, 1 am E/10am
  • Transportation COP, January 6, 1 am E/10am P
  • Health Care COP January 14, 1 am E/10am P


2020 Impact Award Update

Jennifer Thompson, CVA, Impact Awards Chair

Volunteer Engagement Professionals:
The AL!VE board and Impact Award Committee want to thank all those who submitted a nomination for the 2020 Impact Award. We received over 50 nominations this year which goes to show that


Save the Date! Local Associations Summit

Announcing the first summit for
Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals
(DOVIA's, AVA's etc). 

Join us for networking, discussion roundtables, and more!

When:  Thursday November 5, 2020  1:00-3:00 PM Eastern

Who:  Leadership of all US Local Associations  (see list here)*

  • Each association can invite up to 4 members to attend

  • Any local association is welcome to attend, whether AL!VE member or not


  • Welcome and networking

  • Discussion and sharing 

  • Small group discussions

  • How AL!VE can partner

  • Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Appreciation Day!

Register to attend via Zoom.

*Not on the list? Please add your local association here.

Local Association Member Spotlight: NYAVA, New York, NY

Interview of Shaina Sherman, NYAVA President

Local Association Member Spotlight:
New York Association of Volunteer Administrators (NYAVA)

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.  For more information about AL!VE's support for Local Association members, including a handbook of resources, see our page.

Tell us a little bit about NYAVA?
We began in 1998 and connect with our members 3-4 times a year for professional development sessions, and an additional 3-4 times a year on a social level.  We've   


ATTEND: AL!VE Annual Meeting on November 18

AL!VE will hold its annual meeting on
Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 
11am PST/ 2 pm EST

Each year, AL!VE's board of directors convenes its membership to provide an update of the past year's accomplishments and where AL!VE will be headed in the next coming year and beyond.  We encourage all members to attend this very important meeting so you can help us continue to set the direction of AL!VE's future, learn how to get involved, and access all our awesome programs and resources.

Results of Board Elections
Introductions of 2021 Officers
President's Report
Treasurer's Report
VP of Marketing Report
VP of Membership Report
VP of Programs & Advocacy Report
Association Manager Report
President Elect - 2020 Goals and Objectives
New Business

The Annual meeting is open to AL!VE members with a full membership.  Register here.

Upcoming Days of Service

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

National Family Volunteer Day (November 22nd)

A day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world." Created by Points of Light in 1991, Family Volunteer Day is held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving to 'kick off' the holiday season with giving and service, and to signal the start of National Family Week." 

#GivingTuesday (December 1st)

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
International Volunteer Day (December 5th)
In 1985 the General Assembly of the United Nations designated December 5th for an annual celebration by communities, peoples and governments of all that is achieved by voluntary effort – by volunteers – around the world.

Advocacy & Risk Mgt Advocating for Volunteer Engagement in These Risky Times

Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA

Advocating for truly integrated and effective volunteer engagement is an ongoing responsibility of leaders and managers of volunteers in the best of times. These are not the best of times. After the initial months of the Pandemic, when volunteering decreased sharply, many volunteer programs were suspended, and some volunteer managers were let go or furloughed, volunteer engagement for many organizations is slowly improving. Yet, there is still


Have you completed our member survey?

We need your feedback! Our annual survey helps us improve the way we support Volunteer Engagement Professionals like you. The survey will take 5-10 minutes and we would appreciate your feedback within the next 2 weeks.
To encourage participation we will be selecting two respondents to win a prize valued over $20! We will contact you via email if selected. 
Take the Survey
Your survey responses are confidential and will only be reported in combination with the responses of other members to help improve our association. If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact us at
Thank you again for your commitment to the field of Volunteer Engagement,
Cairn Reisch, VP of Membership

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

Paula Allen, CVA

The Programs & Advocacy Committee has many AL!VE Academy Webinars scheduled into 2021.  To register, check the calendar on our website.  Have an idea or would like to present for a future webinar?  Learn more here.
  • Panel discussion - Hybrid Conference Recap, October 28, 2 PM E
  • Karen Reid -
    • Building Buy-in for your Volunteer Program, Nov 4, 1pm E/10am P 
  • Kelli Crawford -
    • Modern Trends in Volunteer Engagement, 90 min Panel December TBD


What's Next? 2020 International Volunteers Managers Day Theme

AL!VE salutes you and all our colleagues this November 5, 2019 to celebrate and recognize our profession.  ‘What's Next' is this year’s theme. 
The IVM day website  has information, templates, celebration ideas, and a listing of celebrations to be held around the world. 

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

New to AL!VE or just want to check in?  

Next Member Welcome Webinar:
November 3, 3 PM E / Noon 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...


Has Your Membership Information Changed?

Cairn Reisch, VP of Membership

We're updating our member database to enhance our member networking benefit.

When you register or access the members only system, you will be prompted to fill out the member skills database.  As this database grows you can search our membership to connect with a colleague regarding a specific skill - such as board development, social media, or fundraising. Please take five minutes and update  your skills on our database.  You can also go in an edit at any time.

Thank you!

PS:  check to make sure messages from AL!VE aren't going in the spam folder.

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