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

President's Message

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


As it is November, first and foremost, I wanted to wish you all a belated Happy Volunteer Managers Day! I hope you were recognized on November 5th for the amazing work you do and know that AL!VE values your contributions to your communities and to our field!

For any members that are veterans, we also want to recognize your contributions to 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 2022 and we are excited for the direction we are heading. I hope to see you all at AL!VE's Annual Meeting on November 30th. 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. 


And since November is a month of gratitude, 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. You are seen, you are valued, you are awesome.

Stay healthy, stay safe, 

Add Your Voice to the VolunteerPro Annual Progress Report

Now in its seventh year, researchers hope to share current trends for professionals who lead, manage, and coordinate volunteers and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do business. If you work with volunteers, don’t miss your chance to participate in this “state of the industry” survey.

Take the survey Now! The deadline is November 19, 2021.

Read more about lessons learned from the past five years of research here.

VolunteerPro website for more details.  

Missing emails, reminders or communications from us?

Did you know?  You can add an additional email address to your member information, so your registration for a webinar, COP or newsletter info will be mailed to your main AND alternate email address.  We understand many of our colleagues are working from home and/or in a hybrid format, and that often computer systems or firewalls put our emails into the dreaded spam folder.

Log into the members only section to update your member information.  If you need assistance, contact us.

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

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

Kristina O'Hern
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Debbie Schockett
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Emily Spivak
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Marisa Schatz
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Leah Pate
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Barbara Hodges
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Kari Nienstedt
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Carol Misseldine
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Kiersten Anderson
Join Date: 10/14/2021

Leigh O'Bryan
Join Date: 10/15/2021

Kristen Pena
Join Date: 10/16/2021

Debra Hope
Join Date: 10/17/2021

Maggie Huff
Join Date: 10/19/2021

Emma McKenzie
Join Date: 10/21/2021

Christina Morisato
Join Date: 10/22/2021

Brenna Ewing
Join Date: 10/27/2021

Becky Barnes
Join Date: 10/27/2021

Kelly Mortvedt
Join Date: 10/28/2021

Ellie Gower
Join Date: 10/28/2021

Casilda Pagan
Join Date: 10/28/2021

Jennifer Young
Join Date: 10/28/2021

Brittany Long
Join Date: 10/31/2021

Elizabeth Hodgkins
Join Date: 11/02/2021

King Shakur
Join Date: 11/03/2021

Brianne Fitzgerald
Join Date: 11/06/2021

Lisa D Simons
Join Date: 11/08/2021

Dianne Walker
Join Date: 11/09/2021

Thank You to Our Renewing Members!

Christi Brown

Renewal Date: 10/29/2021

Lee Cauble
Renewal Date: 10/29/2021

Robyn Chernick
Renewal Date: 10/24/2021

Member Access DADV
Renewal Date: 11/02/2021

Naomi Demarest
Renewal Date: 10/24/2021

Jill Deskins
Renewal Date: 10/27/2021

Gene Dickinson
Renewal Date: 11/06/2021

DADV- Dallas Association of Directors of Volunteers
Renewal Date: 11/02/2021

Paris Eriksen
Renewal Date: 10/26/2021

Julie Gallanty
Renewal Date: 11/08/2021

Kelly Grooms
Renewal Date: 10/29/2021

Kathy Guenther
Renewal Date: 11/06/2021

Kayla Hutton
Renewal Date: 11/10/2021

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

Theresa Marcotte
Renewal Date: 10/14/2021

Anne Marie McPartlin
Renewal Date: 10/26/2021

Jackie Ng
Renewal Date: 10/24/2021

Kristina O'Hern
Renewal Date: 10/14/2021

Tracey O'Neill
Renewal Date: 10/15/2021

Karen Pattison
Renewal Date: 10/24/2021

Janice Reinke
Renewal Date: 11/02/2021

Whitney Rodriguez
Renewal Date: 10/29/2021

Mark Smith
Renewal Date: 10/27/2021

Jerome Tennille
Renewal Date: 10/09/2021

VAN Northwest VAN
Renewal Date: 10/22/2021

Gabby Vera
Renewal Date: 10/21/2021

Sue Asselin Hawthorne Vol Assn of Midcoast Maine (VAMM)
Renewal Date: 10/30/2021

Nadeesha Watawala
Renewal Date: 10/11/2021

Brett Witcher
Renewal Date: 10/25/2021

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!

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!  

Find Us Online!

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

Save the Date! October 18 or 19, 2022 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference

Our 2022 theme will be announced in the December newsletter.  Thank to you to the 41 remote host sites in the US & Canada and hundreds of participants who attended 'Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:  Real Impact for the Real World'

Notice of AL!VE Annual Meeting

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
  • Results of the 2021 Member Survey
  • Board & Committee Recognition
  • 2022 Goals & Objectives
Registration is now open; register today to join us at the meeting!

Congratulations to the 2021 Impact Award Recipients!

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Impact Awards. There were two categories; Emerging Leaders, who are made up of individuals’ with 1-7 years experience in the field, and Exemplary Leaders, with more than 7 years experience. Each of the recipients are receiving a cash award that they can use for professional development. 

Emerging Leader Category: 
1st Place: Brittany McGarry, CVA, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, National MS Society
2nd Place: Tim Suda, CVA, DIsaster Workforce Engagement Manager, American Red Cross
3rd Place: Morgan Green-Griffin, CVA, Librarian, City of Coppell-Cozby Library Community Coordinator
Honorable Mention: Karlene Kuhn

Exemplary Leader Category:
1st Place: Marcia Hale, CVA, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Hollsboro Public Library
2nd Place: Carrie Hart, CVA, Manager, Volunteer Services, Bayhealth
3rd Place: Kathyrn Hampton, CVA, Volunteer Services Coordinator, Idaho Parks & Recreation
Honorable Mention: Cathy Thoma and Rose Morgan

Read more about the winners here!

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.

Creating Transformative Volunteer Experiences for Corporate Partners
Presenter:  Brian Rosenbaum
December 1 @ 2pm E, 90 min
Visit the registration page for more details and to reserve your spot today!

Academy webinars for the first quarter of 2022 will be announced in the December newsletter.  
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.

Calling All Recent CVA's! We Need YOU!

CVA Study Group Co-Chair Needed!
The Spring 2022 CVA study group is open for a co-chair. If you are interested in this opportunity to help lead the professional development of your peers and have recently taken the exam, contact  The co-chair is responsible for working on a team to schedule and prepare facilitators for weekly study group sessions and communicating with study group members.


Local Associations Updates

Local Associations National Summit   
The second annual national summit for Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals (DOVIA's, AVA's etc) took place November 4.  

Thank you to everyone who attended.  We had 34 local associations represented this year, and the group had roundtable discussions on topics such as succession planning, working with partners, financial management, and more.  A full recap and announcements of our quarterly 2022 educational offerings will be in the December newsletter.  Thank you to Rob Jackson who celebrated with us for International Volunteer Managers Day.

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.


AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

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

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.

Register to attend an upcoming webinar:
December 2, 2021, 1pm Eastern

New Member Welcome Webinars will be scheduled for 2022 soon and posted in the December newsletter. 


Communities of Practice - Save these November & December 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:

11/16 @ 2 pm E, Rural Communities
11/16 @ 4 pm E, Job Transition & Leveling Up
11/18 @ 12 pm E, Parks & Recreation
12/7 @ 12 pm E, Healthcare
12/29 @ 1 pm E, Animal Welfare


NYAVA Hosts Discussion on Accessibility in Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, November 17  - 9 AM to 11:30 AM Eastern

The New York Association for Volunteer Administration invites all AL!VE members to attend  their November meeting!
Sparked by wanting to create space to continue the important discussions started at the ALIVE hybrid conference, an expert panel of volunteer engagement and non profit professionals will share personal and professional experiences on empowerment of volunteers of all abilities.

Register here:

AL!VE Members Earn the CVA

Congratulations to these AL!VE members who have earned their Certification in Volunteer Administration this fall:

Nicole Smith
Paris Eriksen
Joanna Brown
Morgan Green-Griffin
Micaela De Loyola Clark
Rebecca Conner
Sarah Sukram
Marcelle Austin
Max Pacheco
Carly Weld
Nancy Williams
Daniel Collins
Heather Cowles
Kjrsten Abel Ruch
Kasey Zroneck
Betsy McFarland
Severina Ware    
Anna Brandt
Allie Zimmerman
Jessica Woods

Watch our December newsletter for information about the AL!VE CVA Study Group COP starting in early 2022 for the April 2022 CVA Testing window.

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.! 

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!


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!


The Latest in Volunteer Management News

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!

Leadership for Volunteering: The COVID-19 Experience

Take the 2022 Volunteer Management Progress Report Survey!
Open until Friday, November 19 at 5pm Eastern (US)

Registration closes soon for MAVA 'Dismantling Inequities' Conference

MAVA - The Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement invites AL!VE members to attend the second annual Dismantling Inequities conference, held December 9 - 10, 2021.

This year's conference highlights the connection between racism and other volunteerism barriers (e.g. ableism, ageism, homophobia, antisemitism, etc.). Attendees will challenge themselves by attending beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of learning barriers. The conference is live and interactive propelling attendees to create actionable items to dismantle inequities within their scope of work, the field of volunteerism and the community.

Registration closes soon!  Learn more here.
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