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The 2021-2022 Certified Volunteer Manager (CVM) Program is open for applications. The program teaches the management skills required of volunteer professionals including:
  • Recruiting, placing, supporting, supervising, engaging, and recognizing volunteers.
  • Creating policies and procedures that reduce volunteer program risks and liabilities.
  • Assessing volunteer programs' outcomes and achievements.
  • Aligning a volunteer program with an organization's mission and goals.
The CVM program provides expert instruction and significant opportunities for application. It is for anyone managing volunteers or volunteer programs. Volunteer professionals from around the world are invited to participate.

Learn more at


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9/29/20215:00pm to 5:00pmMarie Lindquist

This is an AL!VE Communities of Practice for those involved in managing volunteers or programs in health care settings such as hospitals, hospice, Blood Banks, Health care facilities, long-term health centers, etc.  Health care can have some unique situations, requirements, and environments for volunteers!  Join your colleagues in discussion about your questions, situations, needs, and share your experiences with others as well.  Let’s support each other! 

Upon registering, we will email you the meeting log in information (and a reminder, too).

For more information about this COP, please contact Angela Wiliiamson, Health Care COP facilitator.  

Look forward to seeing you there!

To learn more about AL!VE Community of Practice, visit our website.

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New! Emergency Response Volunteer Programs COP
Join in the conversation about volunteers programs that manages volunteers who respond during an emergency.  This is a very broad range from citizen corps, Red Cross, government, state, federal and non-profit.  Share success and struggles during blue skies, gray skies and black skies.  How to keep your volunteers engaged year around when things are (enter Q word here).  Between meetings, share burning questions or share resources on the Emergency Response Volunteer Programs message board here (Must be signed in to Member Log In).  This is where we can share best practices, ask questions, brag, vent and connect. 

2021: Initial Meeting October 14, 2 PM Eastern (future meetings to be determined by attendees)

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.  You can learn more here.

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10/14/20212:00pm to 3:00pm

Mark your calendars for this international event!  Spanning three countries, seven time zones, and involving over 700 attendees over the two day event, you won't want to miss this conference.

More information will be released shortly.  Watch the conference website at for more information or at

December 2020:  Informational mailing list available
Jan & Feb, 2021: RFP opens
April 2021:  Registration opens
May - Aug 2021:  Informational sessions


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AL!VE – Better Impact – VMPC present
The Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference
Individual Registration

‘Managing Risk:  Balancing Aversion and Innovation’
Tuesday, October 19 –
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Pacific 
9:30 - 3:30 PM Mountain Standard time zones
10:30-4:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time
Wednesday, October 21
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM Atlantic
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM , Eastern
8:30 AM -2:30 PM Central time zones
'Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Real Impact for the Real World' is the volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada).  Now in its seventh year, this year's topic will explore these important DEI issues impact our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures.  Our current streaming event will consist of four 20 minute presentations, local discussion in smaller groups, followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience.

The broadcast will be streamed live in the United States and Canada, with the likelihood of an audience of 1000 or more.  In order to participate, you will need an internet connection strong enough to handle audio/video streaming and adequate computer or external speakers.

You can learn more about the conference by visiting the main conference website.

How does it work?

Once you register and we receive payment, we will send you a unique link and the conference handbook a few days before the event. You may register for any time zone that is convenient to you, the content for October 19 or 20 will be the same.  Individual registrants will be assigned to small group discussion 'tables' the day of the conference depending on registrations.  We will try to assign you to tables depending on your geographic area and/or your affinity group, so please be sure and fill out all the questions to help us assign you to your group.  

Registration and payment policy
Registration begins July 30 and ends October 15. 
AL!VE Members:  $75 US for the general public and $65 US for AL!VE members. AL!VE will be billing you.
VMPC Members/Canadian Residents:  $75 CAD for the general public and  $65 CAD for VMPC members.  VMPC will be billing you.
*Please note the cost is for one person's participation in the event. If you have a group of 8 or more, consider applying as a host site here

Payment for the hybrid conference is due within 30 days of registration, either by credit card or check. 

Cancellation and refund policy
  • Prior to September 1, 2021 will receive a full refund, without penalty.
  • September 1- October 4, 2021 eligible for a refund of 50% of the registration fee.
  • Cancellations received after October 4, 2021 will not be eligible for any refund.
Note:  this registration link is for USA and International attendees.   AL!VE US members will be billed by AL!VE.  Canadian residents will be billed by VMPC.  AL!VE will NOT share your registration info with any outside entities.

You will receive a confirmation email right after registration.  If not, check your spam folder or contact us.

For more information, visit the main conference website.

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Meet your peers and colleagues at an AL!VE Member webinar!  in this 30 minute call, We will highlight member benefits, resources, and where to find them, share the Associations goals for 2021, and discuss what's happening in the field on a regional or national level. 

All members are invited to attend!  Considering membership?  You're also welcome to attend to learn more.

Can't make this meeting?  Check out 2021 dates on our calendar.

Jan 14, 2021 3 PM  (all times Eastern)
Feb 23, 1 PM
Mar 29, 2 PM
May 4, 3 PM 
June 16, 1 PM
July 29, 4 PM
Sept 13, 3 PM
Oct 27, 2 PM
Dec 2 , 2 PM

We look forward to seeing you online!

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Meetings will be held bimonthly (every 2 months) with the first meeting on Wednesday, April 28th at 8-9pm ET (5-6pm PT).  Following meetings will be 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern:  June 30, Aug 25, Oct 27, Dec 29.

The COP - Animal Welfare is designed to include a broad range of animal welfare organizations such as animal shelters, rescue groups, foster-based programs, sanctuaries, direct care for animals, and humane education programs. The objective of this COP is to connect volunteer engagement professionals within these organizations to share resources and best practices. This informal venue encourages open discussions for anyone seeking or offering advice in tackling the unique challenges facing volunteer leaders in the animal welfare field.

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10/27/20211:00pm to 2:00pm

Join your peers for discussions for those who manage food banks, hunger organizations, or nutrition programs.  This COP is facilitated by Christina Basey, CVA of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.  This COP will meet every other month, Mondays, from 3-4 PM Eastern.


For more information, contact Christina here.

To register, please continue with this form.  You'll receive the log in information and reminders after registration. 

Remember, you need to register for each event listed individually.


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11/1/20213:00pm to 4:00pm

Want to learn more about the CVA and certification process?  Join us for one  of our informational webinars.

These webinars will NOT be recorded or shared with participants once they have concluded. Webinars will be approximately 90 minutes long. Times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.
Nov 2, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting at

Would you like to host a CCVA Information Session for a group of 20 0r more? If so, please contact us at

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This is the meeting for the  AL!VE Transportation Community of Practice.  This meeting is open for AL!VE members and all volunteer engagement professionals (first one is free, the subsequent will be for members only).

The call will last one hour and will focus specifically on volunteer programs with transportation as a volunteer role.

After registering, you'll be emailed a zoom link to the event.  We will send a reminder too!

We look forward to connecting with you!

Calls will be held on (please sign up for each event so we can send you reminders!):
All times Noon Central, 1 PM Eastern

November 3, 2021
January 5, 2022
March 2, 2022
May 4, 2022
July 6, 2022

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November AL!VE Academy:  November 3 @ 2 PM Eastern

Creating Your Professional Brand…Yesterday!

Corina Sadler, CVA discusses how having a strong digital presence has shaped her volunteer engagement career including preventing burnout and charting a path for success in the digital workplace. Learn tips for using online tools to boost your resume and brand YOUR professional story. Corina’s use of social networking coupled with a passion for promoting the field of volunteer engagement gives her a unique perspective on self advocacy for professionals. Take your experience and perspective to the next level by owning it!

About our Presenter:
Corina Sadler, CVA is the Volunteer Resources Supervisor at the City of Plano, Texas. Her work includes supervising their municipal volunteer program of up to 10,000 volunteers a year. Her career spans 16 years in local government and committee work for several professional volunteer management associations such as ALIVE, CCVA, Engage and the Texas Volunteer Management Conference. She enjoys providing volunteer management guidance to nonprofits and municipalities to empower the community through volunteerism.
In 2019, Corina received a national IMPACT Award from the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement as an emerging leader displaying exemplary leadership in the field. Corina has been featured speaker on several podcasts and has trained volunteer managers through virtual workshops and in-person presentations. Ms. Sadler holds numerous certificates in the fields of volunteer and nonprofit management along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in applied gerontology and nonprofit management from the University of North Texas. She has been a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) since 2012. Follow her on Instagram @CorinaInPlano


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11/3/20212:00pm to 3:00pm

The second annual summit for Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals (DOVIA's, AVA's etc) is scheduled for this November!.  Join us for networking, discussion roundtables, door prizes, and more!

When:  Thursday November 5, 2020  1:00-3:00 PM Eastern

Who:  Leadership of all US Local Associations  (see list here)*
  •     Each association can invite up to 7 members to attend
  •     Any local association is welcome to attend, whether AL!VE member or not
  • Welcome and networking
  • Discussion and sharing 
  • Small group discussions
  • How AL!VE can partner
  • Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Appreciation Day!

*not on the list?  Please add your local association here.

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Join us for the National Summit Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals (DOVIA's, AVA's etc).  Join us for networking, discussion roundtables, and more!

When:  Thursday November 4, 2020  1:00-3:00 PM Eastern

Who:  Leadership of all US Local Associations  (see list here)*
  •     Each association can invite up to six members from their local association to attend
  •     Any local association is welcome to attend, whether AL!VE member or not
  • Welcome and networking
  • Discussion and sharing 
  • Small group discussions
  • How AL!VE can partner
  • Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Appreciation Day!

*not on the list?  Please add your local association here.

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11/4/20211:00pm to 3:00pm

AL!VE Community of Practice (COP) : Capacity Building

Who helps the helpers?  Capacity builders do! Capacity building is whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future.  Do you work with volunteers that help other nonprofits in this way?  Join this Community of Practice as we talk about our roles in supporting volunteers help build capacity for other nonprofits.  United Ways, Volunteer Centers, incubators, and consulting oriented nonprofits are welcome to attend!

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November 12, 1 PM Eastern - 60 minutes
“Overcoming Hustle Culture:
Why Leaders in Volunteer Engagement Must Stop Wearing Burnout As a Badge of Honor” (60-minutes)

Join industry expert, national Mental Health instructor, and LEAD CEO Kyrah J. Altman, for a FREE 60-minute thought-provoking workshop
for all AL!VE staff, board and association members.  This bonus webinar is also free to the general public.
Participants will be empowered to:
● Create “SMART” goals to achieve work/life harmony, boost engagement, and practice proactive self-care and stress management
during the workday.
● Learn to budget their energy, identifying which parts of their life they want to prioritize, let go of, and adjust to make room for
personal and professional growth.
● Effectively implement self-care strategies to boost personal and volunteer engagement, motivation, and job satisfaction in a remote,
hybrid or in-person workspace.
This 60-minute LEAD workshop will empower AL!VE members to learn tangible skills, tools and strategies to practice proactive self-care
and promote personal and organization-wide wellbeing. It will maximize learning, reinforce healthy practices, and set the stage for long-
term habit formation to overcome toxic hustle culture and move the needle on critical mental health competencies.

About our Presenter:
Kyrah J. Altman, full-time CEO and co-founder of LEAD, Inc, empowering individuals with no-fluff mental health education to proactively
improve their wellbeing and strengthen their workplace communities. She travels the world, speaking about the impact of social
entrepreneurship on trauma survivors, the importance of proactive mental health education in vulnerable communities, and the idea that
'while not everyone has a mental illness, everyone can improve their mental health'

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11/12/20211:00pm to 2:00pm

Early Childhood Education Programs such as Head Start,  Being a volunteer manager for Early Childhood Education is great- who doesn’t want to rock babies?  Being in a category with young children and government regulations there are certain unique challenges for volunteers, such as Level 2 background Checks, In-kind donations, many trainings, and long placement times.  This COP group will be a chance to network, share expertise, ask questions, and solve problems with your peers. 
Our meeting will be on Monday, November 15, @ 2 PM Eastern.  Subsequent meetings are January 17, March 21, May 16 & July 18, 2022
Please pre-register so that we may prepare and send you reminders
If you have any questions, please contact Jean Ward COP Facilitator.

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, we request you join as a member to attend subsequent meetings.  You can learn more here.

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11/15/20212:00pm to 3:00pm

Rural Community of Practice 
Volunteer Engagement Professionals in small towns face unique challenges and opportunities that aren’t always addressed by advice intended for city-based audiences. There are also fewer opportunities to connect with others doing similar work across the country. That’s what led to the creation of AL!VE’s Community of Practice (CoP) for volunteer engagement professionals in rural communities.
2021 Meetings will be held:  Jan 19, March 16, May 18, July 20, September 21 & November 16. 

For more information, contact Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Rural COP Facilitator
To register for these dates, visit this link:

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Job Transition & Leveling Up COP:  

4/20 , 1 PM Pacific
6/15, 1 PM Pacific
8/17, 1 PM Pacific
11/16, 1 PM Pacific

Please register for each session.  You'll receive the log in details there.  

Megan N. Vixie, MPA, CVA, PHR, SHRM-CP
AL!VE Board President
Chief Engagement Officer

Beach Cities Health District

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.  You can learn more here.

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11/16/20214:00pm to 5:00pm

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