AL!VE Newsletter: December 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,

It was great to be with many of you at the Annual Meeting as well as our quarterly social last week!  I appreciate the opportunities to connect with you during what many of us consider one of the busiest times of the year.  As it can be stressful to keep all the balls in the air, please remember to reach out to your AL!VE community for support.  There are so many great communities of practice that are taking place and we encourage you to become a part of one or more! So this holiday season, make a New Years resolution to connect with your colleagues for continued professional development, support and camaraderie (because we get it).

I'd like to take a moment to congratulate our new board members on their election to the AL!VE board. We are excited to take the next step with you and continue to build upon our strategic plan.  And none of this could be possible without our awesome Association Manager, Gretchen Jordan, who keeps us on track but also gets us through the hectic times so we can continue to stay at our best.  Thank you Gretchen!

Lastly, while for most this is a very unusual holiday season, I hope that you find time to downshift and enjoy whatever this winter has to offer us.  Whatever you do, please do so safely so you can remain healthy and of service to your community through the amazing work you do! 

Congratulations to our New Board Members!

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

At our Annual Meeting, the voting results were announced.

Executive Committee
Megan Vixie, CVA– President
Michelle Raymer, CVA– President Elect
Sean Devereaux– Treasurer
Mark Smith, CVA - Secretary

Board Members at Large
Cairn Reisch, CVA – VP of Membership
Paula Lipford, CVA - VP of Programs
Crystal Bell New!
Christi Brown, CVA New!
Kelli Crawford 
Allyson Drinnon, CVA
Andrea Hill, CVA New!
Alana Knoppow New!
Michael Mulhern, CVA New!
Audrey Kidwell
Kayla Paulson, CVA
Ashley Ramsdell, CVA
Nicole Smith New!
Jennifer Thompson, CVA
Arletha Walker, CVA New!

To learn more, visit the Board of Directors page.  Thank you to all the Board Members who  are serving for 2020.

Congratulations to all! 

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

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

Next Member Welcome Webinar:
December 14, 2 PM E

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...


Welcome to our new members!

Janice Reinke
Join Date: 11/02/2020

Kayla Hutton
Join Date: 11/10/2020

Forum for Volunteer Administrators
Join Date: 11/24/2020

Melissa Jagodinsky
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Nadine Gamble
Join Date: 11/24/2020

Holly Duns  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Shelley Orloski  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Diane Weiner  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Martha Silvertson  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Merle Walker  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Allison Capella  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Allison Capella  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Kelly Preston  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Lynne Lisner  
 Join Date: 11/24/2020

Janessa Weightman
Join Date: 12/01/2020

Thank you to renewing members!

Emilie Bromet-Bauer
Member Since: 06/06/2009

Todd McMullin   
Member Since: 06/23/2009

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

Mary Beth Harrington
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Kaira Esgate  
Member Since: 11/27/2017

Lisl Hacker
Member Since: 11/27/2017

Anne Owens
Member Since: 01/02/2018

Emma Kain
Member Since: 01/17/2018

Sean Devereaux
Member Since: 09/11/2018

Audrey Kidwell
Member Since: 11/13/2018

Member Since: 11/28/2018

Yerlina Santos
Member Since: 01/11/2019

Tracee Patterson
Member Since: 07/16/2019

Jean Ward
Member Since: 12/05/2019

Barbara Chapman
Member Since: 01/07/2020

Gina Edwards
Member Since: 01/08/2020

Paul Brown 
Member Since: 01/27/2020

New Year's Resolution: Join a Community of Practice!

Join a Community of Practice!

The AL!VE Communities of Practice (COP) Program is designed to give AL!VE members networking and educational opportunities within their field of expertise. Led by AL!VE members and field experts, it is a time to share experiences, resources and recommendations with fellow AL!VE members. 

For more information about each COP, visit our COP webpage. 

Active COP's at this time (click on the day/time to register):

AL!VE Member Study Group Kicks off in 2021

Allyson Drinnon, CVA, Board Member & Group Facilitator

CVA Study Group

AL!VE is excited to announce a weekly one-hour virtual study series for members working towards their Certification in Volunteer Administration exam (CVA). 

The study group is a member benefit from AL!VE open to all members preparing for the Spring 2021 exam and will be led by facilitators who have earned their CVA certification. ‚ÄčThe study schedule is based on reading one or two chapters of the CVA textbook, discussing those chapters and reviewing sample test questions during the meetings. 

The group will meet each Wednesday at noon EDT from January 20th through March 17th.

To receive information about AL!VE's study group, fill out this form by January 15th.

Save the date for the January 20th introduction session at Noon EDT.

If you're interested in learning more about the Certification in Volunteer Administration in general, visit the CCVA website.  

Holiday Shopping Online? Support AL!VE Through Your Purchases

If you shop online via Amazon or ebay, you can choose to support AL!VE from your purchases! 

To learn more and sign up, visit our 'Donate' page.

AL!VE will not do an annual giving campaign and we appreciate your support. This is an easy way to contribute to AL!VE's efforts that makes all the difference.

Hint:  Don't forget others who may be ordering online in your household too!

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

Paula Allen, CVA VP of Programs & Advocacy

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.

(Bonus Academy) Leadership Strategies: Building a Compelling Case for Your Volunteer Program
Presenter: Karen Reid
January 13th, 1-2pm EST

Creating a More Diverse & Inclusive Environment Through the Mechanisms That Engage Volunteers
Presenter: Jerome Tennille
January 22nd, 1-2:30pm EST

No “One Right Way”: Imagining New Systems for Volunteer Engagement
Presenter: Lisa Joyslin
February 10th, 1-2pm EST

Navigating Difficult Situations: Effective Solutions for Everyday Challenges
Presenter: Beth Steinhorn
March 3rd, 1-2pm EST

Advocacy: Saying No to the Wrong Things So We Can Say Yes to the Right Things
Presenter: Alana Knoppow
May 12th, 2-3pm EST


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

Did You Miss the AL!VE Annual Meeting?

Did You Miss the AL!VE Annual Meeting? 

View the slide deck of the Annual Report here. The recording of the meeting can be found on the Members Only page, under the File Archive tab.

Member Survey Results Released at Annual Meeting

Cairn Reisch, VP of Membership

Thank you for your feedback on the annual member survey!

We have placed the survey results report on our member files and can be reviewed here.

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.

Thank you again for your commitment to the field of Volunteer Engagement,
Cairn Reisch, VP of Membership

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.

From our News Feed

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.

Americorps Unveils New Logo, New Name for Agency

America's Service Commissions release Call for Proposals for the 2021 National Service Training Conference
America's Service Commissions (ASC) is pleased to announce that the 2021 National Service Training Conference will be held virtually from May 4 - 7, 2021.

Upcoming Days of Service

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

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.

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