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

President's Message

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


As we head deeper into the Fall, my thoughts are with all of you who are still helping your communities from the natural disasters our country has faced in the last several months. This is a continuous effort that often takes months or even years to heal from. Please take advantage of our new Community of Practice for Emergency Management that begins this coming Thursday. Talk with your colleagues who are facing similar challenges and lean on one another for support.

In partnership with Better Impact, AL!VE will be hosting our annual live-stream conference, "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Real Impact for the Real World." We have over 40 local associations and sites that will be hosting across the U.S. and Canada. This promises to be an insightful and inspiring conference and I am looking forward to the speaker line-up we have in store! If you are not already attending with a local association, consider joining AL!VE's virtual group.
Lastly, a special thank you to all who have applied to serve on our Board of Directors for the 2022 elections. 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 continually amazed by the level of talent and expertise that exists within our association and am looking forward to what next year will bring with the addition of the next cohort of board leaders!

Take care and stay healthy everyone!

International Volunteer Manager Day - What is Excellence?

November 5, International Volunteer Managers Day - Celebrate YOU! 

The Mission of Volunteer Managers Day:
We celebrate the profession of volunteer leadership because:
Volunteer Managers have the skills and knowledge to help people be part of the solution in meeting community needs. Even in cynical times, they practice the art of the possible.

Volunteer Managers change lives — both the lives of volunteers themselves and of those served by well-led volunteers. It is a life-changing profession. Volunteer managers provide the leadership and direction that allows people to build a good and just society and to mend the social fabric. Without professional leadership, people’s time, talents and efforts could be wasted.

A well-run volunteer program shows the community, including potential donors, that the organization is not afraid of public scrutiny and involvement and endeavors to make the most efficient use of monetary assets.

Well-led volunteers become an advocacy and public relations force for an agency or program — a force no amount of money could buy.

Notice of AL!VE Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars!  The AL!VE Annual Meeting will be held November 30, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern and is open to all AL!VE members.
Business conducted at the Annual Meeting:
  • Announcements of Class of 2022 Board Members
  • Board President's Report
  • Reports for Marketing, Membership, Programs & Advocacy
  • Board & Committee Recognition
  • 2021 Goals & Objectives
Registration opens soon! For more details, visit the event site here.

Coming Soon! VolunteerPro Annual Progress Report

We've heard from our colleagues at VolunteerPro that the 6th annual Volunteer  Management Progress Report will open late October for your input.  This global survey is your opportunity to be a part of the international volunteer engagement community.  Read more about lessons learned from the past five years of research here.

When this newsletter went to press, we did not have final details from VolunteerPro, but watch our website, newsfeed, social media and of course the VolunteerPro website for more details.  

Welcome New Members!

Melanie Adams
Join Date: 09/01/2021

Laurie Switzer
Join Date: 09/02/2021

Frances Matthew
Join Date: 09/02/2021

Brittany Smith
Join Date: 09/08/2021

Kelli Callihan Bluegrass Care Navigators
Join Date: 09/08/2021

Catherine Neptin
Join Date: 09/10/2021

Laura Gray
Join Date: 09/11/2021

Maryam Davodi-Far
Join Date: 09/13/2021

Kelley Gaske
Join Date: 09/13/2021

Megan Stiles
Join Date: 09/15/2021

Sarah Sukhram
Join Date: 09/15/2021

Kay Pelt-Walker
Join Date: 09/15/2021

Samantha Kirby
Join Date: 09/20/2021

Marcelene Isaacson
Join Date: 09/20/2021

Brittany Smith
Join Date: 09/20/2021

Cathryn Cole
Join Date: 09/23/2021

Laura Helling
Join Date: 09/23/2021

Isabel George
Join Date: 09/24/2021

Kjrsten Abel Ruch
Join Date: 09/29/2021

Arletha Walker
Join Date: 10/01/2021

Cheyenne Waller
Join Date: 10/01/2021

Christopher Arends
Join Date: 10/02/2021

Tammy Blocker
Join Date: 10/04/2021

Kelsey Soto
Join Date: 10/04/2021

Elizabeth Mai
Join Date: 10/04/2021

Jenna Jones
Join Date: 10/06/2021

Caroline Briones
Join Date: 10/07/2021

Carol Martinez
Join Date: 10/07/2021

Thank you to Renewing Members!

Marcelle Austin

Renewal Date: 09/22/2021

Steven Whitley City of Henderson
Renewal Date: 09/18/2021

Heather Crandall, CVA, CIT
Renewal Date: 09/05/2021

Sean Devereaux
Renewal Date: 09/11/2021

Michelle Doupe
Renewal Date: 09/17/2021

Paul Falkowski
Renewal Date: 09/26/2021

Ben Fertig
Renewal Date: 09/03/2021

Karen Goates
Renewal Date: 09/01/2021

Shannon Graham
Renewal Date: 09/03/2021

Susan Hesselgrave
Renewal Date: 09/12/2021

Rachel Holmes
Renewal Date: 09/07/2021

Sierra Johnston
Renewal Date: 09/26/2021

Jane Leighty Justis Leighty Foundation
Renewal Date: 10/08/2021

Becky McKenney
Renewal Date: 09/17/2021

Brenda Michael-Haggard, CVA
Renewal Date: 09/22/2021

Lori A. Morris
Renewal Date: 09/12/2021

Michael Mulhern
Renewal Date: 09/29/2021

Amy Oliver
Renewal Date: 09/01/2021

Tammy Rach
Renewal Date: 09/21/2021

Cairn Reisch, CVA
Renewal Date: 09/04/2021

Callie Sams
Renewal Date: 09/23/2021

Marie Saunders
Renewal Date: 09/01/2021

JoAnna Scott-Scates
Renewal Date: 09/21/2021

Robin Telle
Renewal Date: 09/14/2021

Jerome Tennille
Renewal Date: 10/09/2021

Michelle Thyen
Renewal Date: 09/17/2021

Wren Underwood
Renewal Date: 09/05/2021

Lisa Johnson, VAWNY Volunteer Administrators Western NY
Renewal Date: 09/26/2021

Christina Warner
Renewal Date: 09/02/2021

Nadeesha Watawala
Renewal Date: 10/11/2021

Hannah Weier
Renewal Date: 09/16/2021

Volunteer With AL!VE!

Volunteering with AL!VE in a Committee Role is a great way to:

  • Develop Leadership Skills

  • Contribute to the Profession

  • Create New Connections

  • Nourish Skills

  • Earn PDU's for CVA recertification

  • ---and more!

Committee work usually consists of a monthly meeting and 2-4 hours of additional time per month for committee related projects.  

There are openings for new members on these committees:

  • Marketing (Social Media, Outreach, Special Projects)
  • ​Membership (New Member Calls, Regional Outreach, Special Projects)
  • Finance (Oversight and fundraising, grant research)
  • Community of Practice Facilitators   

Interested?  Check out our website information, then apply.  We'll be in touch to connect with you right away about how to get started!  

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!

Find Us Online!

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

2022 Member Survey Now Open!

Cairn Reisch, VP of Membership

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 by Friday, October 29.  We will share results at our annual meeting on November 30.
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!

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

Paula Allen, CVA VP of Programs & Advocacy

These monthly professional development webinars are available FREE to all AL!VE members, including Local Association memberships.  These sessions are recorded, and the slide deck & recording can be accessed on the members only side of our website.  From the member menu, choose 'Resources' tab and then File Archive.

No Academy sessions scheduled in October -
see you at the Hybrid Conference!

Creating Your Professional Brand...Yesterday!
Presenter:  Corina Sadler
November 3 @ 2pm E, 60 min

Bonus Webinar: Overcoming Hustle Culture: Why Leaders Must Stop Wearing Burnout as a Badge of Honor
Presenter:  Kyrah Altman
November 12 @ 1pm E, 60 min

Creating Transformative Volunteer Experiences for Corporate Partners
Presenter:  Brian Rosenbaum
December 1 @ 2pm E, 90 min

Help advance the field of volunteer engagement in 2022
Do you enjoy presenting to groups, have knowledge on an advanced topic relevant to volunteer engagement professionals, and have a passion for advancing the sector? Volunteer as an AL!VE Academy Presenter! Members have the opportunity to share their expertise while gaining experience presenting to a national audience. Opportunities include hour long webinars and 30 minute presentations followed by facilitated discussions. For more information see the position description below.  To find out about sending a proposal, fill out our information form here.  We will review and be in touch with you shortly.

Local Associations Updates

Be sure and save the date for the second annual Local  Associations National Summit   
The second annual national summit for Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals (DOVIA's, AVA's etc) is scheduled for this November!.  Join us for networking, discussion roundtables, door prizes, and more!

When:  Thursday November 4, 2021  1:00-3:00 PM Eastern  Register here  

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

  •     Each association can invite up to 7 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 with special guest Rob Jackson!

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

Professional Development for Local Association Leadership 
If your Local Association (DOVIA, AVA, DOVS, 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. 

In addition, check these additional benefits to AL!VE local association members.


Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference-Register by Friday, October 15!

Host Site & Individual Registration Now Open - Click Here!
*Register by Friday, October 15!*
7th Annual Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference

October 19 (Pacific/Mountain) or 20 (Central or Eastern)

Our conference is available in a virtual or in person format. Check out these host sites already registered!

Sarasota County Govt - Sarasota, FL
DOVIA LA - Los Angeles, CA
TulsAL!VE - Tulsa, OK
VMCI - Des Moines, IA
SAVMA -Tucson, AZ
DAVA -Delaware
AVACA - Phoenix, AZ
Roger Hill Volunteer Center - Lawrence, KS
Heart of Illinois United Way - Peoria, IL
WAVC - Ann Arbor, MI
WA State Bar Assn - Seattle, WA
KAVA -Louisville, KY
VAWNY - Buffalo, NY
UWECI -Cedar Rapids, IA
DOVIA Sacamento - Sacramento, CA
Sioux Empire DOVIA - Sioux City, SD
NYAVA - New York, NY
CCVA - International
Habitat for Humanity (internal only)
PAHVRP (internal only)

Host & Moderator:  Faiza Venzant, CVA 

This year's Presenters are...
Sean Kreyling, Remimagining Education 
'Beyond the Mission: from DEI Intentions to DEI Actions'

Tanya Rumble, CFRE 
'The Language of Inclusion'

Breanna Dorelus
'Telling the Truth During Volunteer Training'

Dr. Sue Carter Kahl, PhD.
'Pushing Back on Privilege in Volunteerism'

Host Site and Individual Registration Now Open - Click Here!
For more information, visit the conference website at

To join our mailing list to keep apprised of updates, click here.  To learn more about our presenters, click the 'read more'


Communities of Practice - Save these October & November Dates!

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. Please register for the COP you want to attend via our calendar

BIG thank you to the COP Facilitators who work hard to manage the logistics,  resources, and content for each COP and make sure each conversation is meaningful and helpful for participants. Thank you for your service!

Upcoming COP Dates:

10/14 @ 2 pm E, Emergency Management *NEW!*
10/27 @ 1 pm E, Animal Welfare
10/28 @ 3 pm E, Boards and Advisory Committees (rescheduled)
11/1 @ 3 pm E, Food Banks
11/3 @ 12 pm E, Transportation
11/5 @ 12 pm E, Capacity Building
11/15 @ 2 pm E, Early Childhood Education
11/16 @ 2 pm E, Rural Programs
11/16 @ 4 pm E, Job Transition & Leveling Up

MAVA Shifting Environment Survey

Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA) Shifting Environment Survey
Help MAVA understand how changes we’ve seen in the past 18 months have affected today’s volunteerism! Complete their 2021 Shifting Environment Survey to share YOUR experiences – what’s happening with your communities, organizations, and volunteers, as we adjust to altered expectations and new realities. MAVA wants to hear from people working with volunteers in all types of settings, and every level of experience; they also invite responses from multiple staff members at the same organization to help us better understand our changes at the program level. Please fill out the survey only once, although you may receive an invitation from several sources. It should take about 15 - 20 minutes to complete – an investment of your time that we greatly appreciate. To show their gratitude, survey respondents can enter a drawing for a $25 discount on a 2021 MAVA training or event. 
Preliminary results will be available by the end of 2021 at; a full report, including recommendations for harnessing trends uncovered through the survey, will be published in early 2022.
Take the Survey Today!

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

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

Next Member Welcome Webinar:
October 27, 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.


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!


AL!VE Resource Page Updated!

AL!VE Resource Pages have been updated
after a year of research and are organized in three ways (some are available to the general public, but some are for members only):

1.  Choose the 'Resources' Tab, then click on the sub headings to learn more about the resources listed on our site. 
Submissions are always welcome - You may submit your resources here.

2.  AL!VE specific resources (most a member benefit) are listed on the 'AL!VE Resources' page.  Click on the sub headings to learn more about the resources listed on our site. 
You can also find an up-to-date list of Local Associations listed by State.  

Many thanks to the Programs & Advocacy Committee Members, Rose Tocchini and Meagan Patterson for their year long research and efforts to organize on our website.  Please show your appreciation by providing a recommendation to Meagan on Linkedin here or Rose  via email.! 
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