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

President's Message

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


Happy St. Patrick's Day to those who celebrate! It has now been over one year since the U.S. declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. Today, it seems the country has reached a turning point and the "luck of the Irish" is on our side!

This has made me think of the difference between risk management and risk avoidance.  I am sure many of you may be experiencing challenges in bringing volunteers (and maybe even employees) back to work knowing that safety is the top priority.  In our roles, we are risk managers: we identify the risks and we figure out ways to manage it so we can move forward.  So when others say it can't be done, this is typically risk avoidance: if you are unable to fully remove the risk, then we shouldn't do it.  

If you come across these barriers and people are unable to see past the risk, just listen. Listen to their fears, concerns, and make sure they know you understand and are there to help them through it. While there is the old saying, "no one ever got anywhere by playing it safe," we need to do both, get to our goals and be safe while we go about achieving them.  Be the advocate for moving forward and through the things that scare us. And use your AL!VE community to support one another, get ideas and share inspiration.

We are here for you! Take care and be safe.

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.

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

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

Next Member Welcome Webinar:
March 29, 2 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...


Welcome to our new members!


Jenny Hymans
Candy Holloway 
Janelle Leonard 
Oriana John
Jessica Trump 
Karen Boyd
Adrienne Polumbo
Ashley Rieser 
Suzanne Coladonato
Jessica Goff
Jeanie Ziegler
Bridget Mantello
Kelly Gascoine
Andrew Haukebo
Renee DeRosier
Susan Czaplicki
Joanna Brown

Thank you to renewing members!

Harriett Edwards
Member Since: 06/05/2009

Dallas Association of Directors of Volunteers
Member Since: 11/02/2009

Trudi White Campbell, CVA
Member Since: 03/02/2011

Stacey Lucas
Member Since: 07/18/2014

Kelly Herrmann 
Member Since: 02/03/2017

Gerald (Jerry) Pannozzo, CVA
Member Since: 03/01/2017

Melissa Heinlein Storti
Member Since: 08/03/2017

Joanna White
Member Since: 07/04/2018

Susie Ryks
Member Since: 02/15/2019

Amira Barger
Member Since: 03/02/2019

Heather Rodrigues Furuta
Member Since: 04/25/2019

Lori Jean Mantooth 
Member Since: 06/28/2019

Steven Whitley City of Henderson
Member Since: 09/18/2019

Marilyn Douglas
Member Since: 11/30/2019

Liz Johnson 
Member Since: 12/17/2019

Michele Wiesner 
Member Since: 02/05/2020

Dorian Dotson
Member Since: 02/06/2020

Angela Williamson 
Member Since: 02/06/2020

Chaundra Johnson
Member Since: 02/19/2020

Tanya Eastman
Member Since: 03/04/2020

Natalie Barnofsky 
Member Since: 03/12/2020

Kassia Reedy
Member Since: 03/25/2020

Melissa Ryder
Member Since: 04/16/2020

Questions? Contact Us!

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  • Submit a calendar or news item

  • Check out the resources page

  • Find volunteer opportunities

  • ...and more!

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New Member Benefit Now Available!

For AL!VE Members with a full membership, you now have access to a great new member benefit:  

Announcing the Portfolio Manager!

What is it? A convenient way to store your professional development certificates, transcripts, and the like.  Any .pdf, .jpg, picture, or the like can be stored here.  This will be stored for the duration of your membership.  If you currently hold a CVA, you'll be able to keep all your PDU's in once place, electronically.

How does it work? When you access the members' only side of the AL!VE Website, scroll to the bottom of the page and locate your membership information. On the far right, you'll see the 'Portfolio Manager' tab.  When you click on that, it will open two options - one to view documents assigned to you (coming soon), and one view and to upload a document.  Simply follow the prompts to upload your documents. (Pro Tip:  upload the list of PDU's required for your CVA Renewal, so it's handy).  (You can upload that document here.

What if I'm no longer a member?  Can I still access this information? While you cannot continue to upload documents, past members can request to be emailed the documents for a small fee (TBA)

This is great!  Can it get any better?  YES!  Over the next few months, we will be adding several features:
1.  Automatic issuing of AL!VE Academy PDU certificates to AL!VE members upon completion to you for filing.
2. A fillable form to place the PDU's so you can see where your Renewal Points are credited and where else you need to earn them.
3. Expansion to include other professional certification tracking

We do have the support and encouragement from CCVA for this project, and thanks to Executive Director Faiza Venzant, CVA for her input.

To request a PDU certificate from a past webinar, please email us.

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

Paula Allen, CVA VP of Programs & Advocacy

The Programs & Advocacy Committee has nearly ALL AL!VE Academy Webinars scheduled into 2021.  

Make it Personal - Building Inclusion in Your Volunteer Corps: Practical Exercises, Success Stories, and Cautionary Tales, with Paula Allen, Emilie Bromet-Bauer, and Nicole Smith  April 23, 2021 - 2 - 3pm EST  Register here.

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

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

Local Associations Update

Professional Development for Local Association Leadership, Boards, etc.
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.

Financial Frameworks for Local Associations
March 31, 1-2:30 EST
AL!VE will present a professional development opportunity for leadership for our local association members

How does the status of your local association affect your filing status? Do you need to hire a CPA or conduct an annual audit for the IRS? How do you add checks and balances into your work for transparency? Financial matters are one...


Partner spotlight : ASC Celebrates Passing of American Rescue Plan

From Tom Branen, Americas' Service Commissions Public Policy

Dear Colleagues,

I am elated to tell you that today, March 10th, President Biden's American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has passed, including $1 billion in supplemental funds for the AmeriCorps Agency!  We invite you to thank your legislators by March 31.

Learn More Here

Communities of Practice Topics Added Again!

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):

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

Celebrate Service
National Volunteer Week
April 18-24, 2021

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:

Cesar Chavez Day (March 31)
Learn more here
An official holiday in six states and dozens of cities and counties throughout the United States, this day honors the life, work, and values of activist Cesar E. Chavez with a day of service and learning.

Good Deeds Day (April 11)
Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good deeds, asking people around the world to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.

Earth Day (April 22)
Happy Earth Day! To all you Volunteer Management Professionals raising awareness today with service projects featuring Mother Nature, we salute you! (Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.

Volunteer Ireland Wants Your Input

From our colleagues at Volunteer Ireland:

Do you work with supported volunteers? 

Covid has changed volunteering and particularly for those with support needs. The Health and Wellbeing team at Volunteer Edinburgh are eager to find out what happened to those people who required support to volunteer because of a disability or health condition. 
Did they continue volunteering? Did their volunteering stop? If so, why? 
If you are a volunteer centre staff member, volunteer manager, referrer or support worker who works with supported volunteers, please click on the link and complete the survey.  International responses are welcome.

It’ll take less than 5 minutes.  
Take the Survey Here

A further survey will be sent out in the next week or so aimed at volunteers. 

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