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

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Michelle Raymer, CVA


Happy Global Volunteer Month!

In addition to volunteering on the AL!VE Board, right now I’m coaching my son’s soccer team. It’s interesting being on the “other side” serving as a volunteer. I’m always learning something that makes me better at my work. As an inexperienced coach, I greatly appreciate the resources provided to help me run practices. In a different volunteer role, I remember feeling guilty when an expectation wasn’t shared until after I started that I couldn’t meet, and my appreciation the next year when a clear position description was shared so I could discuss in advance if I could still fulfill the role. These experiences remind me to be thoughtful about how I set clear expectations and support volunteers I supervise. What lessons have you learned from being a volunteer? Share them with us (and send any coaching tips my way)!
Lastly, a tremendous THANK YOU to our amazing AL!VE Board members, committee members, and volunteers! Is there a top ten list of why Volunteer Engagement Professionals make the best volunteers? If not, we need to make one because I am continually impressed with what is being accomplished together at AL!VE. Many sincere and heartfelt thanks!


THANK YOU to AL!VE Volunteers

Oceans of thanks.....

To all of our AL!VE members who volunteer their time and expertise to keep AL!VE well, alive.  ;)
Nearly 60 volunteers assist with leading Communities of Practice, planning AL!VE Academies, managing social media, mentoring, networking, and planning/ executing our strategic plan. 

Happy National Volunteer Month to you all who volunteer for AL!VE and in your communities! You are appreciated.

We expect to have the theme for International Volunteer Managers Day (November 5)in the next newsletter, so we can plan to  celebrate YOU and the profession in November!

Expand Your Professional Development - Volunteer With AL!VE

We Want YOU!
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! 

These Committees are seeking AL!VE members to join:​
  • Local Associations Committee: We meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2pm to plan quarterly professional development sessions, mentor local associations, and help build the network of local associations. If you have past or current experience with your local association to share, you are welcome to attend a meeting to learn more! Contact Committee Chair Jenn Forristal for more information.
  • Finance (Oversight and fundraising, grant research): We meet the 2nd Monday of each month from 1-2pm, E. Committee responsibilities include reviewing the monthly budget, identifying opportunities to generate revenue or decrease expenses and drafting an annual budget. If you love working with budgets and anything related to finances, this is the committee for you! If you are interested in joining the Finance Committee, please email Christi Brown for more information. 

Visit our volunteer page to apply and get started!

Missing emails, reminders or communications from us?

Did you know? 
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Welcome New Members!

Karen Tharp

Join Date: 03/02/2022

Amerika McDaniel
Join Date: 03/03/2022

Amiya Miles
Join Date: 03/03/2022

Nancy Brubaker
Join Date: 03/04/2022

Office of Career Opportunities & Volunteer Services
Join Date: 03/07/2022

Mary Valencia
Join Date: 03/16/2022

Vickie Glass
Join Date: 03/28/2022

Monica Jasso
Join Date: 03/29/2022

Tania Sechrirdt
Join Date: 03/31/2022

Cristina Basurto
Join Date: 04/05/2022

Hannah Sell
Join Date: 04/07/2022

Thank You for Renewing!

Antonio Alvarez

Renewal Date: 03/04/2022

Amira Barger
Renewal Date: 03/02/2022

Tina Barzo
Renewal Date: 03/16/2022

Doug Blankinship
Renewal Date: 03/19/2022

Joanna Brown
Renewal Date: 03/15/2022

Karmit Bulman
Renewal Date: 03/06/2022

Susan Czaplicki
Renewal Date: 03/11/2022

Bonnie Davis
Renewal Date: 03/09/2022

Renee DeRosier
Renewal Date: 03/01/2022

Brittany McGarry DOVIA Colorado
Renewal Date: 03/23/2022

Tanya Eastman
Renewal Date: 03/04/2022

Adam Falzarano
Renewal Date: 03/07/2022

Wayne Kehoe
Renewal Date: 03/31/2022

Natalie Barnofsky New York Blood Center
Renewal Date: 03/12/2022

Gerald (Jerry) Pannozzo, CVA
Renewal Date: 03/01/2022

Sue Prochazka
Renewal Date: 03/05/2022

Kassia Reedy
Renewal Date: 03/25/2022

Jennifer Thompson
Renewal Date: 03/04/2022

Kasey Tunell
Renewal Date: 03/29/2022

Carly Weld
Renewal Date: 03/30/2022

Trudi White Campbell, CVA
Renewal Date: 03/02/2022

Beth Winton
Renewal Date: 03/15/2022

Delores Wisdom
Renewal Date: 03/18/2022

Oliver Wood
Renewal Date: 03/26/2022

Find Us Online!

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

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:

October 18 or 19, 2022 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference

Impact Evaluation: Data that Matters &
Creating the Right Story 
This event is produced and sponsored in conjunction with Better Impact. 
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.

Speakers and topics for the 2022 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference:

Veronica Deally - Why Volunteers Deserve Their Own Annual Report
Adam Shilling - What's In It For Them?" Persuading Leaders and Decisions Makers
Maura Fitzpatrick - Positioning Yourself as the Expert and Communicating with Impact and Confidence
Tony Goodrow – The Relative Impact Model for Measuring the ROI of Volunteer Engagement

Timeline for the 2022 Conference:
May 2022:  Registration opens for host sites and individuals
May-July:  Informational sessions
October 18 - Pacific & Mountain Broadcast
October19 - Central & Eastern Broadcast

AL!VE Academy Discussion on LinkedIn

Do you want to learn more from our Academy presenters?
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 Linked in 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.
Our group page is different and in addition to our association site page which is here: Association of Leaders In Volunteer Engagement.  Join both!

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

Cathy Thoma, CVA VP of Programs & Advocacy

Join us for our next AL!VE Academy!
These monthly professional development webinars are available FREE to all AL!VE members, including Local Association memberships. 

Understanding the Challenges Volunteer Administrators Face:

Results from a Recent Research Study

Presenter: David Thorne, Ed.D.
May 6, 2022 @ 2:00pm E, 60 minutes
The session will help volunteer administrators understand how their context may influence how they should best lead volunteers.

  • Explore the top challenges facing volunteer administrators today
  • Find out what challenges are context specific and what challenges are universal
  • Discover the most applied management practices
  • Learn how "context matters" when applying management practices

Visit the registration page for more details and to reserve your spot today!

Save the date:  June AL!VE Academy:  June 24, 1 PM 
to learn more about the NEW AL!VE Standards of Practice.

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!

Learn more about Communities of Practice here and sign up via the AL!VE calendar here.

Upcoming COP Dates:

4/19, 2pm E, Rural Communities
4/25, 2:30pm E, National Networks
4/27, 1pm E, Animal Welfare
4/28, 2pm E, Emergency Response
5/3, 3pm E, Food Banks
5/4, 1pm E, Transportation
5/9, 1pm E, Book Club - The Power of Moments
5/12, 12pm E, Health Care
5/16, 2pm E, Early Childhood
5/17, 2pm, E, Rural Communities
5/19, 1pm E, Parks & Rec
5/19, 3pm E, Museums
5/23, 1pm E, Book Club - The Power of Moments

NEW and Coming Soon:

Book Club COP: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath - May 9 through August 8
*Please note - registration closes for this book club May 9 at the first meeting.  You will need to have already read the book by then!

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!

We Want To Hear From You!

Presenter Bootcamp - Feedback Desired

AL!VE is looking to support our members in their professional capacities in presenting, especially in virtual environments. We’re exploring creating a multi-part training that members could work through to create a new presentation, or tailor an existing one. 

Our question to our members is, therefore: what do you most need out of a series of training modules regarding presentations? Please follow this link to a Google Form to give us your thoughts!

Upcoming Conferences

National Service Trainings

AL!VE is pleased to be a CHANGE MAKER sponsor this year.  In addition, Board Member Jordanya Reeves will be presenting at the Albequerque location. AL!VE members will be presenting at all three events - Congratulations!
National Service Training — Central · Milwaukee, WI · Registration closed
National Service Training — East · Burlington, VT · Register by April 21
National Service Training — West · Albuquerque, NM · Register by May 6
Those wishing to register for the livestream must do so through the West registration link by May 6.

The 2022 Texas Volunteer Management Conference is braving a new world of volunteerism. This year’s conference will be 100% virtual and open to leaders of volunteers who work for nonprofit organizations or publicly funded agencies throughout the U.S. and around the world.   AL!VE members are presenters and AL!VE is also a sponsor.  Learn more and register here.

​​Join volunteer engagement leaders from across the globe for three full days of learning and networking at the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA)’s Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference. Experience 2 keynote speakers, 28 concurrent sessions and an "Unconference" for staff, AmeriCorps members and volunteers at all levels of volunteer engagement experience to choose from. All presentations are LIVE with opportunities to interact with presenters and other conference participants!  AL!VE members are presenters.  Learn more here.

Our Association Manager Gretchen Jordan, CVA is member of the 2022 @beapointoflight Conference Host Committee, and is excited to share that registration for the #PointsofLight22 Conference is open! Join us for this can’t-miss hybrid event from July 13-15 in person at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and online for a virtual audience to get inspired and help your organization move its mission forward. Enjoy a lineup of global leaders and special guests including artists, influencers, entertainers and moving performances. Register now through April 30 to secure your early bird rate.
Very limited discounts are available for conference volunteers.  Scholarships are available. Submit your applications here!


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:
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 


Partner Spotlight: MAVA

An invitation from Karmit Bulman, Executive Director of MAVA:

I want to personally invite you to MAVA's upcoming "Charting our Future" event. As MAVA takes on an expanded role in our field, it is important to us that we hear from our colleagues and partners about possible new roles we might take on and a possible change in our mission and vision.
Could you join us on April 27th?  Learn more and register here
Or join at this Zoom link:

Local Associations Updates

June 2022, @ 2 pm E:  Local Associations Professional Development Webinar:
Board Recruitment & Development:  Keeping it Real In Challenging Times
Register here

This meeting will be a panel presentation and discussion for anyone involved in leadership with Local Association of Volunteer Engagement Professionals (DOVIA's, AVA's, etc).  Hear and share your real world successes, challenges and ideas.
Facilitator:  TBA
Panelists:  Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators & more TBA

"Calling in vs. Calling Out: Diversifying Your Board" - Recording Now Available!
In March 2022, AL!VE presented a panel presentation and discussion for anyone involved in leadership with Local Association of Volunteer Engagement Professionals (DOVIA's, AVA's, etc). The webinar can be viewed here.  Or, you can download and view the slide deck here.
Thank you to our facilitators and panelists: 
Ophelia Bitanga-Israel, Senior Program Manager with the National Association of Counties
Alana Knoppow, CVA, AL!VE Board Member & Chair of the AL!VE Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion committee
Margaret Guenther, NOVAA, Portland, OR
Brenda Michael-Haggard, CFRE, CVA TulsAL!VE, Tulsa, OK
Each shared their experiences in actively seeking to increase awareness and diversity on their respective boards. This presentation is open and free to ALL local association leadership as part of AL!VE's commitment to DEAI issues.

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