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

President's Message

AL!VE Board President, Michelle Raymer, CVA

Congratulations to the 2022 AL!VE Impact Award Winners!  We're honored to recognize our peers on a national level for their contributions to their community and our profession.  You can learn more in the article below. 

If you haven’t yet, please register for the annual meeting on November 30th. It’s been a whirlwind year with so many accomplishments and celebrations to share with you all! Come hear about what we’ve accomplished together, and the exciting plans we have for 2023. With a great slate of new board members (get your votes in!) and a phenomenal group of volunteers supporting committee and project work, there are great things to come! Join us!


Announcing the 2022 AL!VE Impact Award Recipients

AL!VE and award sponsor 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.  We received many strong nominations; and we are awarding FOUR individuals in each category this year due to very tight scores. 

Learn more at the Impact Awards Web Page.

Exemplary Award Winners

Susan Sanow, CVA Volunteer Fairfax, Fairfax, VA
Paula Allen, CVA  Satellite Healthcare, San Jose, CA

Monica Jasso, CVA  Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, El Paso, TX
Angela Williamson, CVA  Blood Bank of Delmarva, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia

Emerging Leaders:

Jared Peer Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Agency, Knoxville, TN
Carol Emmert, CVA Conner Prairie Museum, Inc. Fishers, IN
Jovita Woodrich Volunteer Florida - Tallahassee, FL
Lisa Romish Nemours Children's Health, Delaware Valley, Wilmington, DE

Additonal thanks to the judges:
Morgan Green-Griffin, CVA
Marcia Hale, CVA
Kathryn Hampton, CVA
Carrie Hart, CVA
Brittany McGarry, CVA
Tim Suda, CVA

Awards Committee:
Ashley Ramsdell, CVA
Corina Sadler, CVA
Nicole Smith, CVA
Jennifer Thompson, CVA

And to our sponsor for the cash awards the recipients receive for their professional development, Better Impact

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 is now open, here. 

AL!VE Board Elections

A special thank you to the amazing group of volunteers who rallied to serve on the Board Development Committee this year: Allyson Drinnon, Faiza Venzant, Mark Smith, Michelle raymer, and Tim Suda!
Election results will be shared at the Annual Meeting on November 30.
Register here to join us at the meeting!

Member Survey Follow Up

Thanks for Making Your Voice Heard! 
Thank you to those who completed our survey. 

We will share the results with you at our annual meeting, in our annual report and on the members only side of the website later this year. 

Congratulations to Susan Czapliki and Jillian Davis!  Their names were drawn as the winners of the new book, Transforming Disruption to Impact, released November 1! 

AL!VE Service Enterprise Underway

As has been shared in past newsletters, AL!VE has taken on administration of Service Enterprise (SE) from Points of Light. A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to meet their social missions. 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. This makes organizations attractive to volunteers who know they’ll have a good experience, and to funders who know their dollars will be well spent and go further. Service Enterprise includes an assessment, training, and coaching to help organizations in the change management process to achieve that level of operation. Join our December AL!VE Academy to learn more!

AL!VE and SE make a great pairing. SE will further AL!VE’s mission by advancing the field of volunteer engagement and the profession, provide opportunities for members to go through the SE process, and allow for additional professional development and capacity building opportunities. AL!VE will be able to enhance Service Enterprise by leveraging our strengths as a national network of leaders who understand what a tremendous asset volunteers are, and our experience providing professional development and support to that national network.

A request for proposals was recently released, and Kayla Paulson, Traci Lato-Smith, and Beth Steinhorn were all selected to serve as contractors to support different components of this work for AL!VE. We're pleased to have such experienced and skilled leaders in these roles! Information will be released soon about the forming of an Advisory Committee to provide stakeholder leadership. Service Enterprise will be funded initially through a grant from Points of Light, and long-term through hub licenses and fees, grants, and sponsorships. Membership dues will continue to be invested in programming and offerings for members. We look forward to this next chapter in AL!VE’s work, and the opportunity it has for the sector! If you have questions or feedback please reach out at

Coming in 2023: Presenter Boot Camp!

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

Registration now open! 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? Click below to learn more and register.

Learn More About Presenter Bootcamp Here!

November & December AL!VE Academy

Registration Now Open!
Volunteer Revelations from an Older Adult 
Wednesday, November 16, 1:30-2:30pm EST

Register here to join us! 

Our presenter, Paul,  worked in the aging field for most of his career with a long track record of volunteering for senior service agencies. Then came the pandemic and his volunteer
assignments were eliminated. He created new volunteer roles for himself, some continuing to this day. As someone who just turned 60, he’s been in a good position to observe demographic shifts, an increasing dependence on technology, and how the pandemic is changing community engagement for older adults. Paul will share his recent observations with a look to the future.

Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate how older adults are gaining social connectivity and new skills via virtual platforms
  • Review approaches to assist older adults with limited technology skills and/or financial resources
  • Share or Identify at least two hands-on practices to help build our age-friendly volunteer management tool box
Paul Iarrobino is a community activist, speaker, and documentarian with over three decades of gerontology experience. For the past few years, he developed a virtual framework for community members to safely connect during the pandemic.

December AL!VE Academy:  
Friday, December 9 - 2:00 PM Eastern, 1 hour
Introduction to Service Enterprise

Register here! 
Reflect on organizations that are leveraging volunteers in innovative and impactful ways, seem to have a closet of volunteers at the ready, and well-resourced volunteer engagement strategies. I am betting that they aren’t having one person in a back office who is the only person working with volunteers. I am confident that they have an organizational culture that sees volunteers as a key piece of their human capital. They most likely collaborate with volunteers and clients to design needs-based roles that complement and empower staff and volunteers alike to deliver their social mission.
If you want to learn how you can help your organization take its strong volunteer engagement practices and program to the next level and infuse effective and efficient volunteer engagement into the culture of your organization check out our November AL!VE Academy and learn more about Service Enterprise!

After this session, you will know …
  • Key characteristics of organizations that operate as Service Enterprises
  • How you can bring the Service Enterprise Program to your community and organization
  • Why the Service Enterprise Program isn’t a volunteer management training, but an organizational change management program
About our Presenter:

Kayla Paulson, CVA
Kayla is an experienced human capital engagement professional and trainer with a demonstrated history of working in non-profit organization change management, volunteer engagement, training, marketing, business to business sales, program management, strategic planning, and facilitation.

Kayla serves as the Administrator for AL!VE's Service Enterprise Program and is always looking for ways to empower organizations to fully harness the capabilities of their human capital (both paid and unpaid) to achieve their mission.

AL!VE Academy Webinars are free for Individual, Agency and Local Association members.  The general public is welcome to attend, but will be billed $25 after attending and will receive a copy of the slide deck, recording, and attendance certificate upon request.  If you registered as a Local association member, please be sure you have listed your local association's acronym or name in the registration.

AL!VE Members Forum

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!

Annual Survey for the Profession Now Available!

Volunteer Management Progress Report Survey:
Open Until November 22

If you lead volunteers or volunteer organizations, please add your voice to VolunteerPro’s eighth annual, global, "state-of- industry” survey for leaders of volunteers.
The deadline is November 22, 2022, and it takes less than 10 minutes to complete. As a bonus, everyone who participates will get an invite to a free, exclusive webinar presented on January 10, 2023.
All types and sizes of nonprofits, public sector organizations, and purpose-driven businesses are welcome to participate. Please share with your colleagues. The more responses, the more reliable the data and the better we can advocate for our needs.
Take the survey here today!
P.S. You can download past Volunteer Management Progress Reports from the past years here too.

Join an Upcoming Community of Practice!

Upcoming COP Dates: (all times listed in EST)
11/15, 2pm, Rural Programs
11/17, Noon, Parks & Recreation
12/6, 3pm, Food Banks
12/7, 3pm, Advisory Boards and Committees
12/19, 2pm, Literacy
12/20, 2pm, Rural Programs
12/28, 1pm, Animal Welfare

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,

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
  • AL!VE Academy co-leaders: Join the AL!VE Program and Advocacy Committee by co-leading the AL!VE Academies. Network with industry thought leaders and fellow volunteer engagement professionals to engage them to speak at one of our monthly academies. Time commitment includes 1 hour at our monthly Program and Advocacy Committee meeting and 1-2 hours a month reaching out to speakers, signing MOUs and updating the host notes/slides each month. (Speakers provide their own slides)
  • Membership: Membership Committee members have a 3-5 hourly commitment per month; meet monthly and work on projects independently.  Tasks Include: new member calls, developing member benefits, local association mentoring & handbook/development, developing member materials, and presenting member webinars.
Visit our volunteer page to apply and get started!

AL!VE Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement

Looking for a subject matter topic for your upcoming DOVIA meeting?
The new AL!VE Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement are a great conversation starter and are sure to get your members brainstorming. The standards are designed to be applicable to volunteer engagement professionals at any level of experience and are adaptable enough to be used across different industries.
You’ve already achieved Standard #2 (Professional Volunteer Management and Professional Development) by being an AL!VE member and keeping up-to-date on best practices in the field. Go you! Check out more of the Standards and action steps here.
Want to request a speaker from AL!VE to present a more in-depth look at the standards virtually at your next DOVIA meeting? Let us know.

Learn More About the Standards Here

Membership Dues Increase as of January 1, 2023 - Additional Information

As of January 1, 2023, AL!VE Membership Dues will increase as follows:

Individual or Agency (single) Memberships:  from $50 to $75 per year

Agency Memberships & Local Associations:  $125 for two full memberships; $60 additional

These rates will go into effect for all new members who join (or those who have lapsed memberships) beginning January 1, 2023.  For existing members, the new rate will go into effect when you renew your membership in 2023.  

AL!VE will also provide a 'pay what you can' option and the opportunity to donate to AL!VE to establish a fund for those who select 'pay what you can'.  Please check out this article addressing equity here. so you may thoughtfully consider these options.

Member Benefit: Portfolio Manager

Our Portfolio Manager has moved! After logging in to the Members' side of our website, you'll find your Portfolio Manager near the top of the page, as see here:

Learn More About Your Portfolio Manager Here!

Congratulations to NEW CVA AL!VE members!

Overall, there were 127 new CVA's in 2022 worldwide.  Congratulations to these current AL!VE members who earned their CVA during the fall 2022 exams!   
Carol Emmert Debra Schockett
Hanna Nallett    Jacklyn Wilmot
Jacqueline M Ramirez     Kelsey Preecs
Kimberly Nishihara Lindsey Percival
Nicki Price Rhonda M. Noble
Soleil Delgadillo    Trumaine Thomas

Spring 2023 CVA Study Group sign ups now open!  See the article below for more information. 

VMHC 'Impact Evaluation: Data That Matters and Telling the Right Story' Reaches Hundreds Internationally

On October 18 and 19, 42 Host Sites in the US, Austrailia, and Canada had hundreds of attendees to learn more about Impact Evaluation:  Data That Matters and Telling the Right Story. 

From Seattle, WA  to Sarasota, FL and Los Angeles, CA to Wilmington, DE (and 21 points in between), our speakers Erin Spink, Veronica Deally, Tony Goodrow and Adam Shilling shared their presentations and had lively discussions faciliated by Faiza Venzant.  Thank you to all who participated!

The 2023 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference dates and topic will be announced in the December Newsletter!

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Upcoming Conferences

2023 National Service Training: "Expanding What's Possible"
America's Service Commissions, in partnership with state and territorial service commissions, is pleased to announce the dates for our 2023 National Service Training regional events. The theme for the 2023 trainings is “Expanding What's Possible.”
Please consider joining us for one of the following events:
March 21-23, 2023: West · San Diego, CA · Hosted by California Volunteers
May 2-4, 2023: Central · New Orleans, LA · Hosted by Volunteer Louisiana
May 15-17, 2023: East · Charleston, WV · Hosted by Volunteer West Virginia
June 7-8, 2023: Virtual*
*Unlike in 2022, the 2023 virtual event will NOT be a livestream of one of the in-person events. Rather, it will be an entirely virtual event with all participants and presenters online — allowing for two-way interaction — and sessions created for the virtual space.
The primary audiences for these events are AmeriCorps State program and fiscal staff, state and territorial service commission staff, and commissioners. While not a primary audience, all other streams of national service — including National, Tribal, VISTA, NCCC, Seniors, and VGF — are welcome and invited to attend.
We will update our event website — — as more information, including any health and safety protocols, is available.

Call For Proposals: 2023 National Service Training

Submission Deadline: Monday, December 12, 2022
Want to present at one or more of our National Service Training events? Our Call for Proposals is now open!
The theme for the 2023 trainings is “Expanding What's Possible.” We encourage workshop sessions that speak to how we might expand the possibilities of AmeriCorps and service for programs, commissions, and our local communities.
Please review the Call for Proposals Guidelines and a copy of the full Submission Form in PDF for reference and planning purposes, including theme, workshop topics of interest, event purpose, session formats, proposal selection, and presenter costs. 
For proposal-related questions, please contact Elisa Gleeson at or (940) 224-3937. Visit for up-to-date event information.
Submit your proposal(s) by midnight Eastern Time on Monday, December 12, 2022 via our online submission form.

CVA Study Group For Spring 2023 Exams - Registration Now Open

The CVA study group is a member benefit from AL!VE open to all AL!VE members preparing  for the SPRING 2023 exam. Pre Registration REQUIRED Register for the study group here.
It will be led by facilitators who have earned their CVA certification. 

On January 18th we will review the study resources and an overview of chapters one and two of the textbook. 

We will meet every Wednesday at 12:00pm ET for eight weeks from February 1st – March 22nd. The study schedule is based on reading 1-2 chapters of the CVA textbook, discussing those chapters and reviewing sample scenarios during the calls. Interested in the study group, complete this registration link by January 16.
To receive information about the AL!VE study group, fill out this form by January 16 and save the date for the January  18 introduction session at noon EDT.  

We will contact you with the zoom login information.

If you are not yet an AL!VE member, you are welcome to attend the first session, but we request you join as an AL!VE member to attend further sessions. (Your 2023 $75 AL!VE membership will also give you a $50 discount to sit for the CCVA Exam!)

Learn more about the certification at an information session hosted by CCVA on December 7.  Register 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.

Our final session for this calendar year will be:
December 8, Noon Eastern 


Thank You to Our Returning Members!

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