AL!VE Newsletter: November 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,

First and foremost, I wanted to pause and take a moment to recognize that today is Veterans Day.  Much appreciation and gratitude for those that have served our country. We continue to thank you and honor you for your service and dedication to the greater good and all the America stands for. 

AL!VE's board has been preparing for 2021 and we are excited for the direction we are heading with our partnerships, programming and budget. As we prepare for next year, we also reflect in the good that has taken place in 2020, despite the many challenges we have faced.  AL!VE has continued to maintain and grow membership at the same pace as our prior year, and we have not missed a beat in offering innovating programming, opportunities to network and platforms to celebrate emerging and exemplary leaders in our field. 

I hope to see you all at AL!VE's Annual Meeting on November 18th. It is one of my favorite times of year to see all that we have accomplished together and how we are forging ahead in this profession we are so proud to call our own.  As November is a month of gratitude (e.g., Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and International Volunteer Managers Day on November 5th!), I want to say Thank You! Thank you to those who received an Impact Award for leading the way for your peers.  Thank you to our newest board members for raising your hand and answering the call to serve our profession. Thank you to those who just added those awesome three letters behind your name: C.V.A., demonstrating excellence and commitment to this work. And thank you to all of us, who continue to make a meaningful impact in our communities through the power of volunteerism.  We Rock!  

Thank you to renewing members!

Corina Sadler, CVA
Member Since: 07/02/2015

Susan Wolford
Member Since: 07/11/2017

Maura Muller
Member Since: 08/04/2017

Jennifer Weichel, CVA
Member Since: 08/08/2017

Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss
Member Since: 08/15/2017

Jessica Gordon
Member Since: 11/11/2017

Kay Sibetta
Member Since: 11/22/2017

Rachel Manuel Bruns
Member Since: 11/27/2017

Kaira Esgate
Member Since: 11/27/2017

Kristina Coby
Member Since: 11/27/2017

Michelle Raymer CVA
Member Since: 11/27/2017

Anne Owens
Member Since: 01/02/2018

Kristen Volpone
Member Since: 02/09/2018

Naomi Demarest
Member Since: 10/24/2018

Cindy Perreira
Member Since: 11/15/2018

Ani Etter
Member Since: 11/26/2018

Katharine Swilley
Member Since: 07/12/2019

Hollis Sweet
Member Since: 11/25/2019

Rosland Powell
Member Since: 12/17/2019

Christopher Woods
Member Since: 12/17/2019

Welcome to our new members!

Theresa Marcotte
Join Date: 10/14/2020

Tracey O'Neill
Join Date: 10/15/2020

Gabby Vera
Join Date: 10/21/2020

Laura Gray
Join Date: 10/23/2020

Paris Eriksen
Join Date: 10/26/2020

Anne Marie McPartlin
Join Date: 10/26/2020

Krista Estes
Join Date: 10/27/2020

Janice Reinke
Join Date: 11/02/2020


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:

  • January 6, 1 pm E,  Transportation COP

  • January 14, 1 pm E, Health Care Communities COP

  • January 19, 2 PM E, Rural Communities COP

  • January 28, 3 PM E, Cultural Arts COP


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.

Add Your Voice to the 2021 Volunteer Management Progress Survey “COVID” Edition & Get the Early Results First

Presented by Tobi Johnson, VolunteerPro

​Take the Survey Now!

The deadline is November 25, 2020.

Over the past five years, over 3,000 leaders of volunteers in 18 countries have taken the annual Volunteer Management Progress Report survey. Now in its sixth year, researchers have the opportunity explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected professionals who lead, manage, and coordinate volunteers.


Find Us Online!

Facebook: @Volunteeralive
Twitter: @VolunteerALIVE​
Instagram: @Volunteeralive
LinkedIn: View profile 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!

RSVP: AL!VE Annual Meeting

AL!VE Annual Meeting
November 18 @ 2 PM Eastern

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
2020 Accomplishments
2021 Goals
President Elect's Report
Budget Update 
Committee Reports
Open Forum/ Q&A
News & Upcoming Events

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

AL!VE Board Voting Now Open !

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

The AL!VE Board Development Committee is pleased to present a slate for your review and vote for:

  • The 2021 Executive Committee

  • Renewing Board Members

  • 2021-2024 Board of Directors 

You can find all the information you need for an informed vote here.  

Voting closes November 12, 2020. 

2020 Impact Awards Presented

Jennifer Thompson, CVA, Impact Awards Chair

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Impact Awards.  We received a total of 52 nominations including 2 International nominations.  I would like to thank our outstanding judges for the hours they put in reading the nomination and selecting our deserving colleagues. You can learn more about the Impact Awards here.

The recipients of the Emerging Leader Category who have been in the profession between 1-7 years are:
Kate Ekman, CVA, Beach Cities Health District, Los Angles, CA
Nicole Smith, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami FL
Jessica Dennes, The Village Church, Tucson AZ.

The recipients of the Exemplary Leader Category who have been in the profession 7+ years are:
Becca Hand, MPA,CVA, City of Plano, Plano TX.;
Tracy O’Neal, CVA, Austin Health, Victoria Queensland, Australia
Andrea Hill, CVA, Leadership Memphis, Memphis, TN.

Congratulations to our winners and all the other nominees.  We will follow up with the recipients in the future to learn how they used their cash award for their professional development.

The Impact Award Committee will be meeting soon to being working on the 2021 Impact Awards.  

Jennifer Thompson, CVA
AL!VE Board of Directors
Impact Awards Chair

Congratulations to AL!VE Members on Earning their CVA!

We're celebrating our AL!VE members who have recently earned the Certification in Volunteer Administration Credential.  Well done!

Anne Murphy Owens
Barrie M. Madasu
Brittni Elyse Coe
Carey Lynn Anderson Schott
Jessica Camilla Gordon
Karen M. Goates
Katherine Milligan
Kayla Paulson
Kevin Engel-Cartie
Megan R. Taylor
Meghan Moriah Maloney
Timothy Suda

To learn more about earning the credential in 2021, register to attend an informational webinar hosted by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration here.

Inaguaral Local Associations Summit a Success!

Our first annual summit for
Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals
(DOVIA's, AVA's, etc.) was a great session of networking, sharing, and discussion on issues related to managing a local association of volunteer engagement professionals in a local or statewide setting.

Thirty-two local associations nationwide from Sacramento to Western New York, Dallas to Ann Arbor and all points in between were represented.  AL!VE will be compiling the notes and information to send out to all local associations on our  directory*, listed on our website With this information, AL!VE will provide additional resources and information to local associations.  Thank you to our Local Associations Committee members Mark Smith, CVA, Jenn Forristal, CVA, and Jennifer Smith, CVA.  Stay tuned for more information!

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

Managing Risk Conference Recap

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

Thank you to all our host sites in the US & Canada.  29 sites hosted over 700+ over the two day event.  Many thanks to Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada and our sponsor Better Impact, as well as our speakers and conference committee.

  • 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)

Next year's theme, October 19 & 20, 2021
'Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Real Impact in the Real World'

Local Association Member Spotlight: Fargo-Morehead DOVS

Interview of Cairn Reisch, Fargo-Morehead DOVS President

Local Association Member Spotlight:
Fargo-Morehead DOVS

Serving Fargo, ND & Morehead, MN

There are approximately 100 Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals.  AL!VE has a directory of them on our website.  Don't see yours listed?  Visit this page and view the directory, 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 Fargo-Morehead DOVS?
The FM DOVS has been established since the late 1970’s and became a 501c3 on April 11, 2014.  We have 44 members from 33 organizations.  Meet the first Wednesday of every months from 3:30-4:30 pm CST, except for July and August. We don’t get that much of a summer here so we take the summer off.

What is something you're pretty proud of?
In 2020, we were able to advocate for and work with the Governor of ND...


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.

MLK Day of Service (January 18th)
With "Make it a day ON... Not a day off!" as its slogan, this commemoration is designed to keep Dr. King's legacy of service to others alive in communities across the United States.  The day of service is scheduled on his nationally-recognized birthday holiday.

National Mentoring Month (January)
Created in 2002, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.

Member Survey Results Released at Annual Meeting

Cairn Reisch, VP of Membership

Thank you for your feedback on the annual member survey!

We have tabulated the results of our survey on our website and we will present them at our annual meeting.

With this valuable information, we can improve our member services and keep your membership valuable and relevant.  Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.

Christi Brown won the drawing and will receive a Starbucks gift card!   

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. We wanted to bring you our schedule so far so you can save the dates.

  • December 4,2020:

    • Modern Trends in Volunteer Engagement: Looking Back at 2020 and Forward to 2021 with Kelli Crawford, 2:30 - 4:00 PM E

  • January 13, 2021

    • Bonus session: Leadership Strategies: Building a Compelling Case for Your Volunteer Program with Karen Reid, 1 PM E

  • January (TBD) 

    • Diversity & Inclusion with Jerome Tennille

  • February (TBD)

    • Advocacy with Lisa Joyslin

  • March 3, 2021 1 PM E:

    • Navigating Difficult Situations: Effective Solutions for Everyday Challenges with Beth Steinhorn

  • May 12, 2021 Advocacy:

    • ​ Saying No to the Wrong Things So We Can Say Yes to the Right Things with Alana Knoppow

To register, check the calendar on our website.  

Have an idea or would like to present for a future webinar?  Learn more here.

 Keep Apprised of News for Our Profession 

Don't forget to check out AL!VE's newsfeed on our home page for regular updates from our profession. Here's what you may have missed in this last month to catch you up!

E-Volunteerism is now Engage!
As of October 18, e-Volunteerism is now Engage: The global voice of leaders of volunteer engagement. Energize published e-Volunteerism over 20 years ago as a professional journal for the field. Last year, e-Volunteerism became part of the Susan J. Ellis Foundation and we are excited to report that the Foundation has updated the journal and launched Engage.


Add Your Voice to the 2021 Volunteer Management Progress Survey “COVID” Edition & Get the Early Results First
Over the past five years, over 3,000 leaders of volunteers in 18 countries have taken the annual Volunteer Management Progress Report survey. Now in its sixth year, researchers have the opportunity explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected professionals who lead, manage, and coordinate volunteers.


SOAR365 Receives Service Enterprise Certification


Americorps Unveils New Logo, New Name for Agency

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