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

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Michelle Raymer, CVA


It was re-energizing to meet many of you at the Points of Light conference and the AL!VE happy hour last week in Orlando, Florida. I loved hearing from so many impressive Volunteer Engagement Professionals how you have creatively pivoted as a result of the pandemic to try new things and keep volunteers engaged with your mission. I especially loved hearing how you’ve accessed AL!VE resources (COPs, AL!VE Academies, CVA Study group, Local Association resources, etc) to help you grow as a leader.  
These conversations have me looking forward to the hybrid conference in October on Impact Evaluation. I am continuously looking for ways to measure what really matters and better tell the story of the impact of volunteer engagement. I can’t wait to gather great minds from across the US and Canada to dive into this challenge. Registration is open now, so I hope you’ll join us - see more information in this newsletter!


2022 Impact Awards Coming Soon!

Nominations open August 2, 2022 for this year's Impact awards. We will send a special email with more information then!

Thanks to Board Member Nicole Smith for interviewing past Impact Award Winners on her 'From the Suggestion Box' podcast -
Check out part 1 here.
And then continue with part 2!

Watch for more information August newsletter about the 2022 Impact Awards!  
  • Get Nominated
  • Tell your Story
  • Win Big

Welcome to our Newest Members!

Nicole Deneen

Join Date: 06/17/2022

Jacqueline Willis
Join Date: 06/19/2022

Amy Junge
Join Date: 06/21/2022

LuDella Coleman
Join Date: 06/21/2022

Tarsha Hayes-Long
Join Date: 06/21/2022

Ryan Barry
Join Date: 06/22/2022

Shannon Murphy
Join Date: 06/22/2022

Caryn Carter
Join Date: 06/22/2022

Shannon Murphy
Join Date: 06/23/2022

Marcia Ritchea
Join Date: 06/23/2022

Chelsea Barker
Join Date: 06/24/2022

Markita Madden
Join Date: 06/30/2022

Lorene Mendoza
Join Date: 07/01/2022

Williamn Sturm
Join Date: 07/06/2022

William Webber
Join Date: 07/10/2022

Melissa Pletcher
Join Date: 07/11/2022

Anne Preston
Join Date: 07/11/2022

James Leach
Join Date: 07/11/2022

Val Parker
Join Date: 07/12/2022

Mercedes Montes
Join Date: 07/12/2022

Joshua Rodgers
Join Date: 07/13/2022

Rachel Bledsoe
Join Date: 07/13/2022

Mark Osborne
Join Date: 07/13/2022

Rennes McCloud
Join Date: 07/13/2022

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:
August 4, Noon Eastern
September 21, 1 PM Eastern
November 2, 3 PM Eastern
December 8, Noon Eastern 


Thank You to our Returning Members!

Jessica Ames

Renewal Date: 07/09/2022

Robert Ashcraft
Renewal Date: 07/09/2022

Carol Ayars, CVA
Renewal Date: 07/09/2022

Samantha Barefield
Renewal Date: 06/28/2022

Megan Vixie Beach Cities Health District
Renewal Date: 07/14/2022

Kate Ekman Beach Cities Health District
Renewal Date: 06/27/2022

Alejandra Sierra Beach Cities Health District
Renewal Date: 07/14/2022

Jennifer Beatty
Renewal Date: 07/02/2022

Paul Belanger
Renewal Date: 07/10/2022

Katrina Bettis
Renewal Date: 07/08/2022

Julie Booth
Renewal Date: 07/15/2022

Joan Cardellino
Renewal Date: 07/10/2022

Hortencia Castano-Urbanowiez
Renewal Date: 06/26/2022

Jessica Chan
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger
Renewal Date: 06/20/2022

Shaun Connors
Renewal Date: 07/09/2022

Heather Cowles
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Nedra Cutler,CVA
Renewal Date: 06/25/2022

Janis Ferguson
Renewal Date: 07/07/2022

Jenn Forristal
Renewal Date: 06/30/2022

Melissa Gomez
Renewal Date: 07/14/2022

Morgan Green-Griffin
Renewal Date: 07/14/2022

Allyson Drinnon Habitat for Humanity
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Luz E Aguilar-Johnson Habitat for Humanity
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Anna Brandt Habitat for Humanity
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Alicia Campbell Habitat for Humanity
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Marcia Pelaez Habitat for Humanity
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Daniel Collins Habitat for Humanity
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Mary Beth Harrington
Renewal Date: 07/14/2022

Amy Pinger Harvesters
Renewal Date: 06/19/2022

Karen Henry
Renewal Date: 06/22/2022

Andrea Hill
Renewal Date: 06/27/2022

Allana Hilley
Renewal Date: 06/18/2022

Monica Hoyt
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Elizabeth Johns
Renewal Date: 06/23/2022

Wendy Johnson
Renewal Date: 06/16/2022

Ebony Johnson
Renewal Date: 06/22/2022

Alana Knoppow
Renewal Date: 07/14/2022

Karlene Kuhn
Renewal Date: 06/25/2022

Joe Landmichl
Renewal Date: 07/15/2022

Cara Libert
Renewal Date: 06/28/2022

Victoria Lilienthal
Renewal Date: 06/14/2022

Heather Lother
Renewal Date: 06/18/2022

Astrid Maldonado-De Jesus
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Astrid Maldonado-De Jesus
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Sonya Manfred
Renewal Date: 06/17/2022

Lori Jean Mantooth
Renewal Date: 06/28/2022

Dee Martin
Renewal Date: 07/08/2022

Donna Martin MAET, CVA
Renewal Date: 06/27/2022

Kelly McCulley-Miko
Renewal Date: 06/16/2022

Stacia Miller
Renewal Date: 07/09/2022

Juliet Nations
Renewal Date: 06/23/2022

President NW Oregon Vol Admin Assoc (NOVAA)
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Larkin O'Toole
Renewal Date: 06/21/2022

Christi Brown PAHVRP
Renewal Date: 06/21/2022

Melissa Palmer
Renewal Date: 06/21/2022

Meagan Patterson
Renewal Date: 06/18/2022

Kathy Perun
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Diane Reale
Renewal Date: 07/12/2022

Deborah Br Reliant Medical Group
Renewal Date: 07/05/2022

Corina Sadler, CVA
Renewal Date: 07/02/2022

Cindy Self
Renewal Date: 06/28/2022

Barbara Sheffer
Renewal Date: 06/19/2022

Nicole R Smith
Renewal Date: 07/08/2022

Julienne Springer
Renewal Date: 07/07/2022

Beth Steinhorn
Renewal Date: 06/28/2022

Betsy Storm
Renewal Date: 07/07/2022

Anne Strauch, CVA
Renewal Date: 07/07/2022

Annette Sutfin
Renewal Date: 06/26/2022

Bethany Tatro
Renewal Date: 07/06/2022

Bridget Moran-McCabe The AFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Kerri Keane TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Sharon Denny TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Esther Kane TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Will Reiter TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Jeni Cardosi TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Annamarie Given TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Erin Ficca TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Brittany Andrews TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Bridget Graham TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Matt Sharp TheAFTD
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Lisa Varner
Renewal Date: 07/11/2022

Faiza Venzant, CVA
Renewal Date: 06/17/2022

Vanessa Verdugo
Renewal Date: 07/08/2022

Todd McMullin Vsysone
Renewal Date: 06/23/2022

Lisa LaVigna Vsysone
Renewal Date: 06/23/2022

Melissa Bergin Vsysone
Renewal Date: 06/23/2022

Severina Ware, CVA
Renewal Date: 07/09/2022

Joanna White
Renewal Date: 07/04/2022

Susan Wolford
Renewal Date: 07/11/2022

Jessica Woods
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Alli Oravec WVCA
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Nick Musson WVCA
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Laural Harder WVCA
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Barb Evans WVCA Wisconsin Volunteer Coord Assn
Renewal Date: 07/13/2022

Jiong Zhang
Renewal Date: 06/24/2022

Find Us Online!

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

Registration is Open! Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference

Impact Evaluation: Data that Matters &
Creating the Right Story 
View our intro video here

Registration is now OPEN for host and individual sites!

Conference Dates:
October 18 - Pacific & Mountain Broadcast
October19 - Central & Eastern Broadcast
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. 

Individual Registration:  $50 General Public/ $40 AL!VE members 
Host site Fee: $550 for  AL!VE Members | $600 for Non-Members

Host sites participating as of 7/18/22:
DAVA - Delaware, MD area
WSBA - Seattle, WA (internal only)
Sioux Falls DOVIA - Sioux Falls, SD
Habitat for Humanity International (internal only)
SAVMA, Tuscon, AZ
DOVIA-LA, Santa Clarita, CA
DOVIA-Sacramento, CA
Washtenaw Association of Volunteer Coordinators, MI

MOSAIC, Vancouver, British Columbia
BRAVA, Brantford, Ontario
Volunteer Manitoba, Manitoba, Winnipeg
PAVRO, Whitby, Ontario
Volunteer Management Professionals of New Brunswick
OAVR-Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Victoria, Richmond, VIC Australia
Feed Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia
Our Place Society, British Columbia
Canadian Red Cross, Nova Scotia
Kentuckiana Association of Volunteer Administrators, Louisville, KY
Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association, Stevens Point, WI
Volunteer Management Professionals of Nova Scotia
Volunteer Victoria, British Columbia
Volunteer Burnaby, British Columbia
Volunteer Managers of Central Iowa, Des Moines, IA
Association for Volunteer Managers in Central Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

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

2022 Conference Timeline:
Informational Sessions: For more information and to register, select a date below!
August 4
August 22
September 14
September - October various dates will be announced for facilitator training.
October 13 & 14 - system connectivity tests

Volunteering with AL!VE

We Want YOU - Part TWO!
Thank you to AL!VE members Tim Suda, Jannessa Weightman, and Chris Woods who have stepped up to join the Local Associations, Finance, and Marketing committees.  Two new opportunities are available!  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, is eligible for CVA recertification hours, and expands your skillset! 

These Committees are seeking AL!VE members to join:​
  • Marketing: Meets monthly with committee to draft messaging, marketing plans and projects as assigned by the board.  Independent work to maintain and update website, create graphics for Social Media, Outreach, Special Projects, etc.
  • HR & Policy: Meets monthly with responsibilities including reviewing AL!VE Policy and Procedures, and oversight and further development of our internal volunteer engagement strategy. A volunteer is sought to focus on enhancing our internal volunteer engagement processes. If you are interested in joining the HR & Policy Committee, please email Michelle Raymer for more information.
Visit our volunteer page  to learn more about other opportunities, apply and get started!

AL!VE's Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement

The AL!VE Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement have been up on the website since mid-June and they are already getting some traffic! We encourage you to check out the Standards and think about how you can use them in developing and growing volunteer engagement in your organizations.

Take a look at the Standards here!

After more than a year of research and development, a stellar task force of dedicated AL!VE volunteers created a highly functional and adaptable set of Standards and an accompanying Self-Evaluation Tool to help you use them. Thanks to Jordanya Reeves, Alex Seblatnigg, CAVS, CPXP, Christina Basey, Kelli Crawford, Donna Morton, Emilie Bromet-Bauer, and, of course, Gretchen Jordan, for all your hard work.

These AL!VE Standards are a living document as well as adaptable for use in different organizational situations and industries and by VEPs with different levels of experience.  
Give us feedback about the Standards and the Self-Evaluation Tool (SET) through the google form found here.

Learn more about the Standards here

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 AL!VE Local Association members (be sure and denote your local association upon registering). 

Improving Staff/Volunteer Relations through Staff Training
Presented by Angela Williamson, CVA, Community & Volunteer Relations Specialist for the Blood Bank of Delmarva and Paula Allen MA, CVA, Volunteer Program Specialist at Satellite Healthcare/Wellbound

July 29 @ 1 pm E
Do you struggle to create awareness in your staff surrounding your volunteer program and volunteer roles? Join fellow AL!VE members Angela Williamson,CVA and Paula Allen,CVA, as they discuss the two different staff trainings they use in their programs. Learn what prompted Angela and Paula to create training for staff, their two different approaches, and how it helps their programs. Leave with an understanding of how to frame success and possible roadblocks you could encounter in your own program, and take-away a template to create your own training for staff.
Visit the registration page for more details and to reserve your spot today!

Mark your calendars for our August and September AL!VE Academies:

Volunteer Career Mapping - Turning our One-Time Volunteers into our Future Leaders
Presented by Alicia Morris Campbell, Director of Volunteer Expertise Hub-Habitat for Humanity International
August 17, @ 1 pm E

If you had 10 ideal volunteers to spread across your agency, what would they do?
After this session, you will....

  • Identify volunteers to serve as leaders and how to coach and support them through the career mapping process
  • Gain tools on how to create a career mapping plan

Visit the registration page here to reserve your spot!

Creating a More Inclusive Space for Volunteers
Presented by Darlene Laird, CVA, Habitat for Humanity International's Skilled Volunteer Strategy and Engagement Manager and Joshua Rogers, Habitat for Humanity International's Beloved Community Volunteer Engagement Manager and DEI Specialist
September 25, @ 1 pm E

As volunteer engagement professionals we should be committed to removing the visible, invisible and perceived barriers to volunteering. We should be mindful that we are including volunteers from the communities that we serve, including persons who are black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. Join with colleagues interested in advancing equity in their volunteer programs for a conversation to help increase diversity, equity and inclusion of volunteers.

Register today to reserve your seat!

Communities of Practice - NEW & Upcoming COPs

Join a Community of Practice! Note our NEW COP, Literacy, beginning August 15
Upcoming COP Dates:
7/19 @ 2pm E, Rural Communities
7/21 @ 12 pm E, Parks and Recreation
7/28 @ 2pm E, Emergency Response
8/2 @ 3pm E, Food Banks
8/3 @ 3 pm E, Advisory Boards & Committees
8/15 @ 2 pm E, Literacy (new!)
8/16 @ 2pm E, Rural Programs
8/18 @ 3 pm E, Museums
8/22 @2:30 pm E, National Networks
8/31 @ 1pm E, Animal Welfare

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

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 would like to add a Community of Practice for faith based organizations. If you are interested in facilitating the COP quarterly, please contact COP Facilitator Rebeccah. 

Special Announcement! AL!VE to Host Service Enterprise Initiative

In case you missed the email we sent on July 13 - 

AL!VE members,
I’m pleased to share that AL!VE has been selected by Points of Light to be the administrator of the Service Enterprise Initiative.
In December 2021 Points of Light released a request for proposals to identify a new organizational home and steward for the Service Enterprise program. A “Service Enterprise” is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to achieve its social mission. Research shows that organizations operating at this level are better led, managed, and have the same results as their peers at half the median budget. The Service Enterprise Initiative includes an assessment, training, and coaching to help organizations in through change management process to achieve that level of operation, with local “hubs” leading the initiative across the country.
After discussions as a Board and with stakeholders, the Board voted unanimously to submit a proposal. Last month, AL!VE was notified that AL!VE was selected to administer the Service Enterprise Initiative. Though details are still being finalized, we wanted to share this exciting news with our members. While we don’t anticipate any changes for our members in the short term, long term we believe that being home to SEI will provide opportunities to advance the field of volunteer engagement and the profession, provide opportunities for members to go through the SEI process, and allow for additional professional development and capacity building opportunities.
We are very excited about the potential this brings and will continue to keep you all updated of the progress.  While we might not have specific answers yet, we’d love to hear your thoughts about how we can work together to advance the field of volunteer engagement.  You can email us here
Thank you for your ongoing work advocating for volunteer engagement,
Michelle Raymer, CVA
AL!VE Board President


Two Emails, Double the Fun!

You can now add a second email to your member file, so if you are registered for an event you can also get the confirmation/invitation to your alternate address.
** Spam folder alert **
Anyone that receives legitimate messages in SPAM/Junk folders should add the sending contact email address to their Contact/Address Book (in this case: * & * , * represents a wildcard for any account such as info@ or manager@). This trains most email clients to deliver email from known contacts into the Inbox.
If the person has access to DNS/Firewall settings, they can also whitelist the IP addresses: &


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:

Save the Date! Points of Light June 14-16, 2023 Chicago

This year's Points of Light Conference in Orlando July 13-15 was a great opportunity to network, learn and meet your peers in person.  Thank you to all who stopped by our AL!VE booth and attended our happy hour to learn more about what is happening with your Association.  Thanks to Better Impact for co - hosting the happy hour with us and NAVPLG for their contribution.

AL!VE will be attending the 2023 Conference in Chicago, June 14-16.  More updates in upcoming newsletters!

Reminder to Local Associations - Forward this Newsletter

If your local Association of Volunteer Engagement Professionals is an AL!VE member, this newsletter is being sent to the members listed on your membership.

AL!VE Local Associations can have up to 10 additional full memberships, depending on membership level.  (we do NOT have access to ALL your members)

Not sure who is on your membership?  Email us to find out and update.
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