AL!VE Newsletter: February 2022
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Michelle Raymer, CVA


In the book The Upswing, author Robert Putnam outlines how polarization and inequities mirror trends of the past, and how we are at a turning point with an opportunity to rebuild community and mend the fraying social fabric. Volunteerism is a critical resource with the power to strengthen communities, address pressing needs, and build the social capital that Putnam describes. As Volunteer Engagement Professionals, we have an important and urgent role to play in inviting people from diverse backgrounds to learn about their community and how they can be a part of creating change. Some days are tough, and the impact you have may not always be apparent. Know that the work you do sends ripples far beyond the direct work volunteers are doing in your organization- you are community builders! AL!VE is here to be your community, and as Putnam and Jack Johnson can both be quoted, we’re better together.


Expand Your Professional Development - Volunteer With AL!VE

Lend or develop your skills to an AL!VE Committee!
Time commitment usually entails one meeting a month, with 1-2 hours working independently on a project or with a team.  Volunteering with AL!VE looks great on a resume! 
There are openings for new members on these committees:
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (committee member) - In 2021, AL!VE launched its DEAI committee.  We are seeking new committee members to join the group.  Learn more about the DEAI committee here
  • Marketing (Social Media, Outreach, Special Projects)
  • ​Membership (New Member Calls, Regional Outreach, Special Projects)
  • Finance (Oversight and fundraising, grant research)
  • Community of Practice Facilitators
  • HR & Policy (set Association policies, volunteer engagement)   
Visit our volunteer page to apply and get started!

Welcome to our Newest Members!

Deborah Wilson

Join Date: 01/03/2022

Sarah Gagnon
Join Date: 01/03/2022

Bianca Herrera
Join Date: 01/10/2022

Julie Greene
Join Date: 01/10/2022

Jennifer Roers
Join Date: 01/12/2022

Elaine Mew
Join Date: 01/12/2022

Tessa Barnard
Join Date: 01/13/2022

Nic Stacy
Join Date: 01/13/2022

Peggy Hoffman
Join Date: 01/14/2022

Nathan Bell
Join Date: 01/19/2022

Allison Zuel
Join Date: 01/19/2022

Denise Rene Hannah
Join Date: 01/19/2022

Jacori Soto
Join Date: 01/19/2022

Kathy Anderson
Join Date: 01/20/2022

Kelly Mortvedt
Join Date: 01/21/2022

Beth Ashton
Join Date: 01/21/2022

Tommy Mulvaney
Join Date: 01/21/2022

Nora Dragich
Join Date: 01/21/2022

Soleil Delgadillo
Join Date: 01/22/2022

Wendy Luck
Join Date: 01/24/2022

Jessica Temple
Join Date: 01/24/2022

Megan Trawick
Join Date: 01/24/2022

Mikayla Collins
Join Date: 01/24/2022

Rayne Schwantes
Join Date: 01/25/2022

Hannah Driscoll Forum for Volunteer Admin
Join Date: 01/26/2022

Forum for Volunteer Admin Sandy Haskell, MAOL, CVA, CAVS
Join Date: 01/26/2022

Forum for Volunteer Admin Martha Sivertson
Join Date: 01/26/2022

Mike Moon
Join Date: 01/26/2022

Kathryn Goller
Join Date: 01/27/2022

Arlette Cunningham
Join Date: 01/29/2022

Lysa Kraft
Join Date: 01/31/2022

hailu sime
Join Date: 02/01/2022

Shelly Garcia
Join Date: 02/08/2022

Elizabeth Garrabrant
Join Date: 02/10/2022

Jeremy Brauning
Join Date: 02/10/2022

Anna Ruiter
Join Date: 02/10/2022

Kyle Wonder
Join Date: 02/10/2022

Audrey Gustafson
Join Date: 02/10/2022

Sarah Fink
Join Date: 02/10/2022

Thank You to Our Renewing Members!

Christina Basey

Renewal Date: 01/25/2022

Karen Boyd
Renewal Date: 02/02/2022

Kyla Brittain
Renewal Date: 01/26/2022

Paul Brown
Renewal Date: 01/27/2022

Faith Brummet
Renewal Date: 01/08/2022

Barbara Chapman
Renewal Date: 01/07/2022

Morris Cohen
Renewal Date: 01/17/2022

Suzanne Coladonato
Renewal Date: 02/08/2022

Cheryl Coleman
Renewal Date: 01/27/2022

Jessica Trump Corning Museum of Glass
Renewal Date: 02/02/2022

Angela Williamson DAVA
Renewal Date: 02/06/2022

Dorian Dotson
Renewal Date: 02/06/2022

Gina Edwards
Renewal Date: 01/08/2022

Michele Epifani
Renewal Date: 01/03/2022

Jenny Hymans Five Rivers Metro Parks
Renewal Date: 02/01/2022

Allie Zimmerman Five Rivers Metro Parks
Renewal Date: 02/01/2022

Lace Garland, CVA
Renewal Date: 01/22/2022

Michele Wiesner GAVA
Renewal Date: 02/05/2022

Brandi Tolbert GAVA
Renewal Date: 02/05/2022

Concetta Gibson
Renewal Date: 01/19/2022

John Gillig
Renewal Date: 01/14/2022

Jessica Goff
Renewal Date: 02/09/2022

Kelly Lee Gold Key Volunteer Program
Renewal Date: 02/03/2022

Philip Hamilton
Renewal Date: 01/08/2022

Oriana John
Renewal Date: 02/01/2022

Shelly Kaiser
Renewal Date: 01/01/2022

Laura Klein
Renewal Date: 01/25/2022

Elisa Kosarin
Renewal Date: 01/19/2022

Keji Kujjo
Renewal Date: 01/02/2022

Karin Lamb
Renewal Date: 01/26/2022

Dana Litwin, CVA
Renewal Date: 01/27/2022

Bridget McPike
Renewal Date: 02/07/2022

Melinda Messenger
Renewal Date: 01/09/2022

Shaina Goldberg NYAVA
Renewal Date: 01/06/2022

Anne Owens
Renewal Date: 01/02/2022

Jennilyn Parulski
Renewal Date: 01/27/2022

Adrienne Polumbo, CVA
Renewal Date: 02/02/2022

Jennifer Rawson
Renewal Date: 01/22/2022

Seth Richardson
Renewal Date: 01/20/2022

Ashley Rieser Rieser
Renewal Date: 02/03/2022

Jennifer Clark Robertson
Renewal Date: 01/22/2022

Genesis Rombola
Renewal Date: 01/18/2022

Amy Rothery-Colin
Renewal Date: 02/11/2022

Yerlina Santos
Renewal Date: 01/11/2022

Heidi Shannon
Renewal Date: 01/02/2022

Melissa Strovers
Renewal Date: 01/28/2022

Kayla Paulson United Way of East Central Iowa
Renewal Date: 01/15/2022

Amy Keltner United Way of East Central Iowa
Renewal Date: 01/15/2022

Katherine Hines United Way of East Central Iowa
Renewal Date: 01/15/2022

Jennifer Comstock United Way of East Central Iowa
Renewal Date: 01/15/2022

SN Jenkins United Way of East Central Iowa
Renewal Date: 01/15/2022

Philip Hamilton United Way of East Central Iowa
Renewal Date: 01/15/2022

Ali Wilson United Way of Wapello County
Renewal Date: 01/17/2022

Kristen Volpone
Renewal Date: 02/09/2022


Find Us Online!

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

Meet the Mentors and Apply for AL!VE's Emerging Leaders Mentor Program

Emerging Leaders Mentor Program
April - September 2022


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. Mentorship will commence during the months of April - September 2022.


Our seasoned, experienced AL!VE members are donating their time and talent to you! If you are interested in participating in this program, please learn a little bit about our mentors to help you determine who may be a good match for you! 

Click here to see our mentor list for the Spring 2022 program.


If interested in becoming a mentee: 
Complete the mentee application here

Applications are due by Friday, March 4th!
IMPORTANT: Save the date for mandatory orientation that will be held on March 10th, 2022 at 12pm PST/3pm EST. Mentors and mentees will attend to learn more about one another before selecting their preferences for mentorship.
If you have any concerns about this program, please contact us at

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

Cathy Thoma, 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. We look forward to listening, learning, and continuing the conversation with all of you!

Sticky Situations: Marketing and Media Magic for Volunteer Engagement
Presenter:  Dana Litwin, CVA
February 25, 2022 @ 2 PM E, 75 min
For event details and to reserve your spot, visit the registration page today!

The Transformational Role of Volunteer Engagement Professionals
Presenter:  Becca Hand, MPA, CVA
March 17, 2022 @ Noon Eastern, 60 min 
*Registration coming soon - check the calendar for details!* 

AL!VE Academy Discussion on LinkedIn

Welcome back as we begin 2022 with a new slate of professional development webinars that are available FREE to all AL!VE members, including Local Association memberships. 

As an added benefit this year, exclusively for our AL!VE members, we will now be hosting a “Continuing the Conversation'' discussion with our speakers for 48 hours after their presentation. This will be available only on our AL!VE LinkedIn Group page which you may join here: AL!VE LinkedIn Group Page.  We encourage you to ask the speakers follow up questions and engage in discussions with your peers.

This group page is different than our association site page which is here: Association of Leaders In Volunteer Engagement. 

Be sure to join both to get the most of your AL!VE membership!


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 from our calendar:
March 3, Noon Eastern
April 12, 3 PM Eastern
May 25, 1 PM Eastern
June 28, 3 PM Eastern
August 4, Noon Eastern
September 21, 1 PM Eastern
November 2, 3 PM Eastern
December 8, Noon Eastern 


Communities of Practice - Upcoming and NEW COP's

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

Upcoming COP Dates:

2/23 @ 1pm E, Animal Welfare
3/1 @ 3pm E, Food Banks
3/2 @ 1pm E, Early Transportation
3/4 @ 12pm E, Capacity Building
3/10 @ 12pm E, Health Care
3/15 @ 2pm E, Rural Communities
3/21 @ 2pm E, Early Childhood
3/24 @ 3pm E, Museums

NEW and Coming Soon:
  • National Networks COP - February 28
  • Museums COP - March 24
  • Book Club COP: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath - May 9 through August 8

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!

October 18 or 19, 2022 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference Theme Announcement

Impact Evaluation: Data that Matters &
Creating the Right Story 

Everyone is being expected to take advantage of data, no matter what their size, mission, or budget. Decision makers want organizations to use data to show their value beyond what the financials show. But it’s more than that.  It’s also knowing what data is important and telling the story behind the data that really matters.
With limited resources, how do agencies partnering with volunteers choose an approach that combines the right mix of data and tools to provide insight relevant to your organization? And where is it going to come from?  
This year's Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference will focus on equipping leaders of volunteers with skills to determine what data is useful and how to tell impactful stories using different tools and technologies.

Broadcast October 18 or 19,  host sites will be able to live stream our conference presenters to a live or remote audience, facilitated again this year by Faiza Venzant, CVA. 

Registration will open May 2022.  If you'd like to be on the mailing list to receive updates, sign up here.

Timeline for the 2022 Conference:
April 2022:  Speakers announced
May 2022:  Registration opens
May-July:  Informational sessions
October 18 - Pacific & Mountain Broadcast
October19 - Central & Eastern Broadcast

Save the Date: Texas Volunteer Management Conference RFP

Save the Date: Texas Volunteer Management RFP accepted until March 3
You are invited to submit your RFP to be a part of this year's conference aptly themed, “Brave New World: Leaning into Challenges.” New unforeseen challenges continue to arise as we adjust and reengage volunteers in our programs. Our profession is changing and requires us to move forward with adaptability and ingenuity. Through this conference, we hope to lead volunteer engagement professionals into a world where challenges are reframed into possibilities by leaning into them with courage. We invite you to apply and share with your network. The proposal period will be open until March 3.
Submit your proposal here.


Local Associations Updates

Professional Development for Local Association Leadership 
Our Quarterly Professional Development Topics for 2022:

1st Quarter:  Calling In vs Calling Out:  Diversifying your board 
March 30, 2pm E Register Here

2nd Quarter:  Board Development (Date TBA - June)

3rd Quarter:  Strategic Planning for your Local Association Association  (Date TBA - September)

4th Quarter:  Local Associations National Summit November 3, 2022

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. 

Don't forget to share this newsletter with your members!
In addition, check these additional benefits to AL!VE local association members.



Member Survey Highlights

Some highlights from our 2021 Member Survey 
  • 4.7 out of 5 for likely to recommend AL!VE
  • 98% likely to renew membership
  • 96% say value matches fee
  • 90% participated in an AL!VE Academy
  • 75% participated in a Community of Practice
  • More than 50% accessed our library of resources, calendar and IJOVA
  • 50% particpated in the Mentor Program
Want to see more?  View our Annual Report here: 

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. Keep an eye on your junk folder to make sure you don't miss anything!

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

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!


Questions? Contact Us!

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