AL!VE Newsletter: January 2023
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

President's Message

AL!VE Board President, Michelle Raymer, CVA

Happy New Year!

As I mentioned in December, the work of AL!VE is a team effort, and I’ve learned so much from the amazing leaders I’m surrounded by. The many hours of skilled volunteer support are not always readily apparent from the outside, so I want to spend some time showcasing some of these amazing leaders in our field and of AL!VE.

Cathy Thoma, CVA, has been a volunteer engagement professional for over 8 years, with over a decade of previous experience in HR. In addition to providing leadership in her organization (including leading the volunteer engagement components of her company’s merger), she has been a member of the Corporate Volunteer Council-Twin Cities and served as a member of AL!VE’s Programs and Advocacy committee, including leading a Community of Practice.

Cathy joined the AL!VE board in 2021, and graciously jumped right in, starting her board service as the VP of Programs and Advocacy, one of our biggest committees. As we’ve explored new activities, like Service Enterprise, she’s taken the time to learn what she can, ask thoughtful questions, and ensure we’re being mindful in our approach. She methodically tracks what needs to be done, who is working on what, what they need for support, all while looking at how it leads to the bigger picture of AL!VE’s goals and mission. As Paula Allen, former VP of Programs and Advocacy, shared, “I enjoy working with Cathy for her practical, organized nature, compassion, and drive to uplift our profession.” Cathy’s currently serving as the President-Elect, and I could not be more confident in her ability to lead the organization forward in 2023.

I hope you all have a chance to interact with Cathy in the new year and see her servant leadership in action.


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 January 25.  Register here.

Coming in 2023: Presenter Boot Camp!

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

Our first cohort is full, but if you’d like to participate, please sign up on our waiting list. The length of the waiting list will help guide how often AL!VE offers Presenter Bootcamp in future. 

Register on the wait list hereIf there are cancellations you might be bumped up in to this cohort.  We'll communicate with you your final status before Bootcamp begins. 

Learn More About Presenter Bootcamp Here!

AL!VE Service Enterprise - Want to Learn More?

 Need to increase your volunteer engagement capacity-building, elevate your volunteer program, or repair the toll COVID has taken on volunteerism?

Leverage an organization-wide change management program that helps non-profits, government entities, and organizations strategically engage volunteers to achieve operational efficiency and greater social impact.

If you are a volunteer convenor, connector, or center: We are welcoming new Service Enterprise hubs and facilitating a comprehensive hub training starting this month that covers how to be a hub, helps you gain an understanding of the program, and offers a Train the Trainer portion so that you will be equipped and ready to deliver the content.

Need a lighter commitment option? Consider hosting a cohort to allow your organization and up to 6 or 7 others to go through the process before you become a hub (also creates a pool of local ambassadors if/when you choose to be a hub).If you are an organization that leverages volunteers to help deliver your mission: We have training hubs across the nation who are offering in-person and virtual cohorts to take organizations through this change management program to more effectively and efficient leverage the volunteers and their skills to deliver your social mission.

Learn more about Service Enterprise Program at or reach out to Kayla Paulson, AL!VE’s Service Enterprise Administrator at

Registration Now Open for January & February AL!VE Academy

Registration Now Open!
January AL!VE Academy:  Create Your Own Career Adventure
Presented by Carrie Hart & Angela Williamson
Tuesday, January 31, 2-3pm Eastern

Register here to join us! 

Searching for something more? Explore your capacity level and select actionable to do's for yourself and others to move your career forward regardless of your starting point. Professionals from beginning a career to those well experienced will walk away with resources and practical lists and achievable goals. It's up to you...choose your own adventure!

February AL!VE Academy:  Transforming Disruption to Impact
Presented by Beth Steinhorn, VQ Volunteer Strategies
Thursday, February 16,  2-3 PM Eastern

Register here to attend!
For generations, engaging volunteers has been a vital strategy for communities to solve problems. Yet, events since 2020 have disrupted how people work and volunteer. While disruption can be devastating, it can also be the impetus to release ourselves from the tyranny of “the way we’ve always done things.” If viewed as an opportunity, disruption invites us to revisit, rethink, and reinvent the way we achieve mission. In this session, hear stories of organizations that unlocked that potential and learn from the lessons which you, too, can apply to sustain your organization regardless of what the future holds. This session will highlight some of the  key themes running through the new book, Transforming Disruption to Impact: Rethinking Volunteer Engagement for a Rapidly Changing World. 

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
  • Explore the many disruptions affecting volunteer engagement and nonprofit operations over the past two years.
  • Hear exemplary stories of organizations that engaged volunteers impactfully in recent years.
  • Glean lessons that they can apply to their own organizations to sustain and even increase impact no matter the circumstances.

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Save The Date!

The Annual Hybrid Conference is Coming!
Dates are confirmed for October 17 (Pacific & Mountain times) and October 18 (Central, Eastern, & Atlantic times)  You can participate with a group, local association, or attend individually.  To keep updated on this year's theme, registration and more, sign up here.

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

As of January 1, 2023, AL!VE Membership Dues and membership levels have changed to:

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

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

If your renewal date was in January or February, you may have already been billed at the old rates.  We will honor those renewal rates if you pay in full within 60 days of your renewal, After 60 days, it will go to the new rates.
For multiple memberships for more than four individuals, please contact us regarding multiple member discounts.

If you have any questions about your billing please contact us. 
AL!VE will also provide a 'pay what you can' option for new members for whom cost is a barrier, for their first year of membership. The opportunity to donate to AL!VE to establish a fund for those who select 'pay what you can' is also now available.  For those members who have already donated, we thank you!  Please check out this article addressing equity here. so you may thoughtfully consider these options.

Join an Upcoming Community of Practice!


January 17 @ 2:00 PM E, Rural Programs
January 19 @  12:00 PM E, Parks & Recreation
January 26 @ 3:00 PM C, Museums 
February 8 @ 3:00 PM E, Advisory Boards & Committees
New ! February 10 @ 1:00 PM E, Volunteer Programs in Local Government
February 21 @ 2:00 PM E, Rural Programs
February 22 @ 1:00 PM E, Animal Welfare

If you were previously registered for a COP in 2022, your registration is automatically carried forward.  

The Food Bank and Literacy COP facilitators are looking for a volunteer to serve as co-facilitator for their COPs. If you’re interested in co-facilitating those COPs - or any of the COPs - reach out to Rebeccah, our COP lead.

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! 

Thank You to Our Renewing Members!

AL!VE Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement

The AL!VE Professional Standards and their accompanying Self-Evaluation Tool can be found  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.

The AL!VE Professional Standards Task Force is looking for

Read more here

Points of Light Conference Accepting Speaker Proposals Jan 3 - 17

2023 Points of Light
Mark your calendars for June 14-16 in Chicago! Proposals for presenting at the Points of Light conference opens January 3 and closes January 17.   Registration information is on the conference site and registration opens in March. To submit a proposal for the conference, visit their website.

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 Hannah Sell, Noni Virani, and Alli Zuel 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 3-5 hours a month to maintain and update website, create graphics for Social Media, Outreach, Special Projects, etc.
  • 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!

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Annual Meeting Slide Deck

AL!VE’s annual meeting was held November 30, at 2 PM Eastern.  You can view the slide deck and recording 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 from our calendar.

Our first member webinar is January 24 @ 1 PM E and will last 30 minutes. 
Our first member social is Feb 28 @ 5 PM E and will last 45 minutes.

For future dates see the link below.


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!

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:

Calendar events - register today!

AL!VE CVA Study Group Spring 2023 - Registration Deadline Informational Session (Study Group Meets Feb 1 - Mar 22)

Rural Programs COP (managing programs in Rural or Frontier Communities)

TulsALIVE Meeting/Online Workshop PLAN: It's NOT a Four-Letter Word!

AL!VE CVA Study Group Spring 2023 - Informational Session (Study Group Meets Feb 1 - Mar 22)

Parks & Recreation COP

Book Club COP - The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

MLK Day of Service

AL!VE Member Webinar - All are welcome!

Museums COP

Jan 2023 AL!VE Academy: Create Your Own Career Adventure

AL!VE Presenter Boot Camp: Six Week Training Course

Advisory Boards & Committees COP

CVA Credential Information Session

Volunteer Programs in Local Government COP

AL!VE Presenter Boot Camp: Six Week Training Course

AL!VE Presenter Boot Camp: Six Week Training Course

February 2023 AL!VE Academy: Transforming Disruption to Impact

AL!VE Presenter Boot Camp: Six Week Training Course

Rural Programs COP (managing programs in Rural or Frontier Communities)

AL!VE Presenter Boot Camp: Six Week Training Course

Animal Welfare COP

AL!VE Presenter Boot Camp: Six Week Training Course

National Networks COP

RSVP/Senior Corps

AL!VE Presenter Boot Camp: Six Week Training Course

AL!VE Networking Social - All Are Welcome!

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