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

President's Message

AL!VE Board President, Michelle Raymer, CVA

It's been close to five years since I joined the AL!VE Board! In that time AL!VE has experienced incredible growth in our membership and our programing. I’ve personally gained experience and grown in my skills effectively facilitating meetings, managing projects and teams, and running an organization. Even more beneficial have been the relationships I’ve developed with my amazing fellow Board Members and Gretchen!

AL!VE Board Members can serve two three-year terms. A lot can (and has) happened in the past six years, and things get busy with a full-time job, family, and other volunteer commitments. I was recently asked how I keep going and stay so committed to my AL!VE role. In reflecting, in part it’s because I’m passionate about the mission, and I find purpose in knowing I’m contributing to the advancement of the profession. Additionally, when life does happen (and illnesses, natural disasters, etc certainly have in the past few years) I’m supported by a team of people that can step up when I need to step back, and vice versa.

If you’ve been considering applying to the Board, I encourage you to attend our info webinar (register here) to learn more and get your questions answered. If now isn’t the right time for you, we have many other committees or projects you can get involved with. I’d love to have you join our team!

Now is Your Opportunity to Join the AL!VE Board of Directors!

We are looking for committed volunteer engagement professionals to help shape our sector and improve the professionalism of volunteer engagement. If you are interested in being part of a working board where you can share your skills and talents on outcome based committees please check out this opportunity. There is an informational webinar scheduled for next week on August 23 at 2 PM E.  Register here and we will record the session and place on the website. If you have questions connect with Kayla Paulson, President Elect to learn more. DEADLINE to apply is September 15, 2022. Learn more and apply here!

If you are not able to commit to a board level position yet, we encourage you to check out our committee and project roles. This is a great way to experience the organization and can be a pathway to a future board service when it is mutually beneficial.

Learn more about committee roles here.

Seeking Mentors for AL!VE's Emerging Leaders Mentor Program

Emerging Leaders Mentor Program: November 2022 - April 2023
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. The mentorship will commence during the months of November 2022 - April 2023.
If interested in serving as a mentor, complete the mentor questionnaire here.
Applications for mentees will open in September, 2022.

Hybrid Conference: Registration Open For Host Sites and Individuals!

This event is produced
and sponsored in conjunction with Better Impact. Learn more, view an informational video, and register here!

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. 
*Late Breaking News!*  Maura Fitzpatrick is unable to present, but we are pleased to announce that the incredible Erin Spink will present on the topic.  

Learn More About the Conference Here!

2022 Impact Awards: Nominations Now Open!

Nominations Open August 1 - September 12
As volunteer engagement professionals, we make volunteerism happen. We leverage the skills and passions of our volunteers to help meet our organization’s mission and we keep a diverse group of volunteers motivated, happy and engaged.
  AL!VE and Better Impact are proud to present the 4th Annual National IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards celebrate volunteer engagement professionals who have shown exceptional leadership and knowledge in the field. They showcase the importance of the profession and inspire professionals across the country to continue to lead in their communities.

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...
Then tune in to part 3!

Nomination Instructions and Links Found Here!

AL!VE Academy Members Forum: Broaden the Conversation

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. *Note* Our group page is different and in addition to our association site page which is here: Association of Leaders In Volunteer Engagement. 
Join both!

Join Us for Our Next AL!VE Academy!

Creating a More Inclusive Space for Volunteers
Presented by Darlene Laird, HFHI’s Skilled Volunteer Strategy and Engagement Manager
and her colleague Joshua Rogers
September 28, 2002 at 1pm Eastern  Learn more and Register here.

No October AL!VE Academy: Come to the Hybrid Conference!

November & December AL!VE Academy dates will be announced soon.

Find Out More About the Session and Register Here!

Join an Upcoming Community of Practice!

Upcoming COP Dates: (all times listed in EST)
8/22, 2:30pm, National Networks
8/31, 1pm, Animal Welfare
9/6, 3pm, Food Banks
9/7, 1pm, Transportation
9/8, 12pm, Health Care
9/15, 12pm, Parks & Recreation
9/20, 2pm, Rural Communities
Learn more about Communities of Practice and sign up via the AL!VE 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! 

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

Local Associations COP September 23

Third Quarter 2022:
September 23, 2022 @ 12:30 Eastern, 90 minutes
Social Media Strategies: New Ways to Attract, Engage, and Build Members

Register here

This presentation will contain two presentations tailored how your local association can use Facebook & Tik Tok.

Communities of Practice are an AL!VE member benefit; however, anyone is welcome to attend their first meeting with out being a member.  After your first meeting, you must join as a member to attend subsequent meetings.  

As always, you may forward this newsletter to your individual members.  


AL!VE 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. You can find the Standards here.

Learn More About the Standards Here

SAVE THE DATE: AL!VE Annual Meeting

AL!VE’s annual meeting will be held November 30, at 2 PM Eastern.  Per our bylaws, the membership shall be notified at least 45 days in advance.  Mark your calendars!  Registration and our agenda will open in September.

Coming in 2023: Presenter Boot Camp!

AL!VE’s Presenter Bootcamp: Launching our first cohort February 2023!

Are you a volunteer engagement professional seeking to elevate your virtual presentations? Do you have an idea for a topic or lived/professional experience but you don’t know how to turn it into a compelling narrative for a training? Do you freeze when tapped to lead educational content, or need to translate in-person training into engaging virtual experiences?

Learn More About Presenter Bootcamp Here!

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! 
Welcome to Ashley Rieser, Amanda Schmierer, Beckah Aisenbrey, Brandy Tolbert & Katelyn Noble who have recently joined committees! 
These Committees are seeking AL!VE members to join:‚Äč
  • 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.
  • 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!

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


Welcome to Our Newest Members!

We've welcomed 30 new members to AL!VE over the last month - WOW!  Click below to see who has joined the group!

New Member Listing

Welcome Back!

Thank you to those that renewed their AL!VE memberships this month.  Check out the 62 renewing members that are with us for another year!

Welcome Back to These Renewing Members!

Partner Spotlight: IAVE

International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Webinar:
Leadership for Volunteering: Reflecting on the COVID-19 Experience

September 22, 2022, 9am Eastern

Session Information & Registration

Things May Look A Little Different

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