AL!VE Newsletter: January 2021
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

President's Message

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


Happy New Year. I hesitate to place an exclamation point at the end of that sentence. While 2020 is now behind us, its remnants are left for us to manage to in 2021.  It is the hope that this year we see a return to somewhat normalcy, but we also will take what we have learned about ourselves and all that is around us forward.  So today, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in the wake of the inauguration of America's next president, I just want to thank you for showing up. Showing up for your family. Showing up for your colleagues. Showing up for your communities. Your work gets us through the hard times and provides solutions and hope to protect and safegaurd the good times to come.

The New Year does bring great new offerings for our AL!VE members! Please make sure to continue to check our calendar of events so you can participate in all these great benefits that foster your professional development.

I with you a happy, healthy and safe 2021.  We are here to support you. Thank you, as always, for answering the call to serve in the profession we love so dearly. 

Welcome to our new members!

Janice Reinke 
Join Date: 11/02/2020

Kayla Hutton 
Join Date: 11/10/2020

Melissa Jagodinsky
Join Date: 11/24/2020

Nadine Gamble Forum for Volunteer Administrators
Holly Duns
Shelley Orloski
Diane Weiner
Martha Silvertson 
Merle Walker 
Allison Capella 
Kelly Preston  
Join Date: 11/24/2020

Lynne Lisner  
Join Date: 11/24/2020

Janessa Weightman 
Join Date: 12/01/2020

Gay Prescott 
Join Date: 12/06/2020

Ashley Doty 
Join Date: 12/06/2020

Dina Schubert DuPage County Animal Services
Carrie Rzewnicki  
Laura Flamion  
Join Date: 12/07/202

Amy Howe
Join Date: 12/09/2020

Sarah Philippe 
Join Date: 12/10/2020

Brittany Appleton United Way of East Central Iowa
Join Date: 12/15/2020

Amy Clark Henry County RSVP
Join Date: 12/15/2020

Lynee Burken RSVP of Clinton County 
Join Date: 12/15/2020

Jennifer McBrom Gracelane U Southern Iowa RSVP
Join Date: 12/15/2020

Kalen Petersen 
Join Date: 12/15/2020

Michelle Hull RSVP 55+ Vol Prog Boone & Greene Ct
Join Date: 12/15/2020

Janessa Weightman United Way of East Central Iowa
Join Date: 12/15/2020

Sharon Hudson-Alipanopoulos
Join Date: 12/16/2020

Eric Wood
Join Date: 12/18/2020

Jessica Tierney
Join Date: 12/18/2020

Melissa Forero
Join Date: 12/23/2020

Jessica Garretson
Join Date: 12/23/2020

Adrienne Yoe 
Join Date: 12/24/2020

Faith Brummet
Join Date: 01/08/2021

Thank you to renewing members!

Sarah Christian
Member Since: 06/05/2009

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

Member Since: 06/23/2009

Southeastern VA AVA 
Member Since: 07/16/2010

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

Elisa Kosarin 
Member Since: 01/19/2015

Mary Beth Harrington 
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Betsy McFarland
Member Since: 12/14/2016

Jennifer Thompson TulsALIVE
Member Since: 12/27/2016

Carla Lehn
Member Since: 08/01/2017

Nancy Shafer 
Member Since: 08/09/2017

Sheri Burke
Member Since: 08/18/2017

America's Service Commissions
Member Since: 11/27/2017

Lisl Hacker 
Member Since: 11/27/2017

United Way Volunteer Center
Member Since: 12/28/2017

Volunteer Siouxland 
Member Since: 12/28/2017

Anne Owens
Member Since: 01/02/2018

United Way of East Central Iowa
Member Since: 01/15/2018

United Way of East Central Iowa 
Member Since: 01/15/2018

Emma Kain
Member Since: 01/17/2018

Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley
Member Since: 02/13/2018

Sue Prochazka 
Member Since: 03/05/2018

Sean Devereaux
Member Since: 09/11/2018

Member Since: 11/13/2018

Member Since: 11/28/2018

Rachel Krempasky
Member Since: 12/13/2018

Heather M Lee 
Member Since: 12/14/2018

Molly Anderegg
Member Since: 12/31/2018

Angela Kofoot 
Member Since: 12/31/2018

Oneota Volunteer Coordinators 
Member Since: 12/31/2018ā€‹

Yerlina Santos 
Member Since: 01/11/2019

Morris Cohen
Member Since: 01/17/2019

Member Since: 07/16/2019

Tammy Rach
Member Since: 09/21/2019

Jean Ward
Member Since: 12/05/2019

Kelli Crawford
Member Since: 12/23/2019

Barbara Chapman
Member Since: 01/07/2020

Gina Edwards 
Member Since: 01/08/2020

Paul Brown
Member Since: 01/27/2020

Melissa Strovers 
Member Since: 01/28/2020

Amy Rothery-Colin 
Member Since: 02/11/2020

Find Us Online!

Facebook: @Volunteeralive
Twitter: @VolunteerALIVEā€‹
Instagram: @Volunteeralive
LinkedIn: View profile here

Seeking Mentors for AL!VE's Emerging Leaders Mentor Program!

Emerging Leaders Mentor Program
April - September 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. Participants will be paired with AL!VE Mentors to receive individualized coaching and support as well as monthly mentee peer sessions pertaining to leadership development topics.

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

If interested in serving as a mentor, complete the mentor questionnaire here.

Applications for mentees will open in February, 2021.

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. If you'd like to lead a COP in an area not listed below, contact us!

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

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

  • Transportation COP March 3rd, 1 PM E

  • Health Care Communities COP: March 3rd, Noon E

  • New! Job Transition & Leveling Up COP: February 9th, 1pm PST / 4pm EST
    Topic: Negotiation regarding salary or other benefits

  • Rural Communities COP: January 19th, 11am PST / 2pm EST

  • New! Cultural Arts COP: January 28th, 12pm PST / 3pm EST
  • CVA Study Group COP (full for spring term, Fall term opens May 2021)

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.

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.

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

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

Next Member Welcome Webinar:
February 23,  1 PM Eastern

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...


Local Associations Update

If your Local Association (DOVIA, AVA, DOV, etc) is an AL!VE Local Association member, or if you belong to a Local Association, please read and pass along these updates!  For more information about joining AL!VE as a Local Association, learn more here.

  • Local Associations Summit

    • The first national summit of Local Associations was held in November 2020 via Zoom.  We're in the process of sending out a recap and next steps from this event for those who registered.  If you would like to receive a copy, contact us.

  • Free webinars

    • AL!VE Local Association Members enjoy the free monthly AL!VE Academy webinars - when registering, please enter your association's name or acronym so you won't be billed.  See the calendar for dates.  

  • Professional Development for Local Associations 

    • In March of 2021, AL!VE will present a professional development opportunity for leadership for our local association members.  March's topic will focus on 'Getting Board Work Done'.  We will be sending more information soon.

  • Website listing

  • Calendar

    • Have a conference, training, or other professional development opportunity?  You're welcome to list on our calendar.  Submit here.

  • Communication

    • AL!VE Local Association Members are encouraged to forward this newsletter or send any pertinent information to their membership ! (Remember, we don't have access to your member information)

National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, 2021 'Celebrate Service'

Hosted by Points of Light, this year's theme for National Volunteer Week is Celebrate Service – an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. When each of us, in our own way, answers the call to make a difference, we make progress in solving our most persistent problems, and create stronger communities and a more just society.

Free toolkit and more information here

Upcoming Days of Service

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

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.

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.

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!

Newsletter - AL!VE Newsletter: January 2021