Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement
Calendar of Events - AL!VE

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Networking at Houston Points of Light Conference
6/11/2024
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AL!VE Member Webinar - All are welcome! 6/26 3:30 PM Eastern
6/26/2024
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AL!VE Member Webinar - All are welcome! August 8, 1 PM Eastern
8/8/2024
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AL!VE Member Webinar - All are welcome! September 18, 3 PM Eastern
9/18/2024
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Transportation COP 1PM Eastern 2024: January 3, April 3, July 3, October 2
10/2/2024
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Volunteer Programs in County Government COP
10/17/2024
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Book Club COP 2024 May & June Book Club: Dare to Lead by Brene' Brown
10/18/2024
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Informational Mailing list -2024 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference - Presented by AL!VE - Better Impact - VMPC Oct 22 & 23, 2024
10/22/2024 - 10/23/2024
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AL!VE Member Webinar - All are welcome! October 29, 2 PM Eastern
10/29/2024
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Local Association COP 2024: March 27, June 26, September 25 & National Summit October 30
10/30/2024
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Museums & Cultural Institutions COP Jan 18, Mar 21, May 13, July 15, September 16, November 4
11/4/2024
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Advisory Boards & Committees COP 2024: Feb 7, May 1, Aug 7, Nov 6
11/6/2024
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Emergency Response Volunteer Programs COP March 14, June 20, Sept 19, Nov 14
11/14/2024
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Health Care COP Meeting Noon Eastern Jan 11, March 14, May 16, July 11, September 12, November 14
11/14/2024
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Parks & Recreation COP 2024: March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19, November 21
11/21/2024
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National Networks COP Jan 22, Mar 25, May 20, Jul 22, Sep 23, Nov 25
11/25/2024
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Food Banks COP - 2024 Dates: Jan 2 Feb 6 Mar 5 Apr 2 May 7 Jun 4 Jul 2 Aug 6 Sep 3 Oct 1 Nov 5 ?Dec 3
12/3/2024
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AL!VE Networking Social - All Are Welcome! March 28, June 19, September 13, December 4
12/4/2024
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AL!VE Member Webinar - All are welcome! December 10, 2 PM Eastern
12/10/2024
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 AmeriCorps Seniors 2024: Feb 14, Apr 10, Jun 12, Aug 14, Oct 9, Dec 11
12/11/2024
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Literacy COP 2024: Feb 20, April 16, June 18, Aug 20, Oct 15, Dec 17
12/17/2024
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Animal Welfare COP 2024: Feb 27, April 23, Jun 25, Aug 27, Oct 22, Dec 24
12/24/2024
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2025 Cohort: AL!VE?s Presenter Boot Camp:
3/25/2025
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Faith Based COP June 13, Aug 8, Oct 10, Dec 12
4/10/2025
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Disability COP
5/15/2025
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Events in the month of July 2023
Saturday, July 1, 2023 - Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
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!
 *note* When you register, you will be automatically be registered for all the future COP dates (listed below) and reminders will be sent - the COP will use the same zoom link every meeting. 
​You may opt out by emailing manager@volunteeralive.org    

Calls will be held on  
All times Noon Central, 1 PM Eastern

2024 dates:  January 3, April 3, July 3 & October 2
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Leveraging Technology in a Human World:   Inclusively, Responsibly, Creatively
  
The generation of volunteers in the not too distant future will be very different compared to volunteers now.  How can we prepare our policies, programs and recruitment in an inclusive, responsible, and creative way that looks to leverage technology in a human world? 
 
Learn more about this unique hybrid conference presented October 17 or 18, 2023.  Attend this 30 minute informational webinar to learn more about logistics, our speakers, and to  ask questions.

Informational webinars:  all times Eastern
June 6, noon
June 12, 2 pm
June 22, 3 pm
July 6, noon
July 18, 2 pm
July 26, 3 pm
Aug 8, noon
Aug 21, 2 pm
 For more information, check out this informational video and the conference website.
Monday, July 10, 2023
July AL!VE Academy: Addressing Mental Health and Ending Stigma in the Workplace:
Taking the Next Step, Moving from Awareness to Action!

Presented by Ian Adair


July 10, 2 PM Eastern - 60 minutes

The pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues in the U.S. at an astonishing rate, with a swell of stress and anxiety that has consistently worsened since spring 2020. While there is much to be optimistic about right now, we’ll be coping with the emotional and mental fallout from COVID will continue for years to come. Now, more than ever, it’s essential to educate our employees and volunteers about mental health resources and the importance of mental health and wellness. The goal for leaders should be to promote the acceptance and inclusion of those dealing with a mental health issue by improving support systems, spreading awareness, and creating a safe environment for discussion to take place.
Learning Objectives
This presentation will examine:
  • The impact of mental health on the workforce
  • How mental health impacts every aspect of an organization
  • How leaders can cultivate an environment of acceptance and inclusion to support employee and volunteer wellness and mental health
  • How to cultivate supportive environments for discussion, education, and disclosure of a mental health challenges to take place
  • How to utilize the three focus areas of mental health awareness, wellness, and recognition programs in your strategy
About our Presenter:


Ian Adair has spent a career building successful nonprofits. He is a three time nonprofit CEO, TEDx speaker, and recognized expert in leadership, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Ian is on a mission to change the conversation around mental health from one that condemns and diminishes those suffering to one of empathy and support. He is one of the leading voices in a movement to encourage nonprofit and corporate leaders to take bold action to support the health and wellbeing of our workforce. Ian is the author of the book, Stronger Than Stigma. A Call to Action: Stories of Grief, Loss, and Inspiration!






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.  Learn more about AL!VE membership here.
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Take the next step in your career as a leader of volunteers and become certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA).

Leaders in non-profit organizations and community groups increasingly understand that volunteers can be a critical resource for delivering on a mission. Effective people management and community engagement is imperative – whether they be paid or unpaid. As a result, employers expect that those individuals tasked with mobilizing and coordinating volunteer engagement demonstrate a thorough knowledge of effective practices and an understanding of how to apply that knowledge in support of real-world organizational priorities.

Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is an international professional certification in the field of volunteer resources management
In this session, you will learn about the CCVA, why certification may be right to you, how the exam is created, what the application, preparation, and certification process is, and when you will be ready. 
 
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Join your peers for discussions for those who manage food banks, hunger organizations, or nutrition programs.     This COP will meet Quarterly,  on the first Tuesday  @ 3 PM Eastern. See dates below.
*note* When you register, you will be automatically be registered for all the future COP dates (listed below) and monthly reminders will be sent - the COP will use the same zoom link. 
You may opt out by emailing manager@volunteeralive.org    


2024 Dates:
Jan 2
Feb 6
Mar 5
Apr 2
May 7
Jun 4
Jul 2
Aug 6
Sep 3
Oct 1
Nov 5
Dec 3

For more information, contact facilitator Elizabeth Garrabrant.

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.

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.   
Thursday, July 13, 2023
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).
(All times Noon E)

2024:  Jan 11, Mar 14, May 16, July 11, Sept 12, Nov 14  

January topic: Data Collection:  What do you want to measure in 2024?
March topic:  Volunteer Recognition
May topic:  Summer teens
July topic:  Creating / Utlizing a Volunteer Advisory Council
September topic:  Lessons Learned From Falling Flat
November topic:  Creating/Utilizing a Mentor Program

For more information about this COP, please contact Marie Howell, Health Care COP facilitator.  

Look forward to seeing you there!

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

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.  Learn more about membership here.
Thursday, July 13, 2023
AL!VE Community of Practice - Mental Health COP

July 13, October 11, January 11 * date change *, 2024,  April 13 2024

Each year millions of Americans with mental illness struggle to find mental health care. Despite the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act of 2008, significant barriers remain which keep many Americans from accessing mental health treatment and support. As individuals struggle to access care, a common form of support many turn to are community based or national short term services such as crisis hotlines. With the existence of organizations like The Crisis Text Line and 988, the growth of these platforms and the increasing supply and demand of volunteers to help staff the lines has created a need for professional staff to oversee quickly scaling volunteer bases that are at risk for burnout and tertiary trauma as a result of exposure to graphic and intense feelings of suicide, among other things. Despite these risks, the need and desire to hold space for those in crisis, has created a need for volunteer engagement professionals to navigate creating engagement and community for these amazing volunteers.

Through connection and an open forum, we will discuss how we can best support volunteers in the mental health field in the hopes of creating sustainable and healthy volunteer experiences.

*note* When you register, you will be automatically be registered for all the future COP dates (listed below) and monthly reminders will be sent - the COP will use the same zoom link. 
​You may opt out by emailing manager@volunteeralive.org    


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.
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Meet your peers and colleagues at an AL!VE Member webinar!
In this 30 minute call, we will highlight:
  • Member benefits
  • Resources
  • Where to find them, share the
  • Associations goals for 2023
  • Discuss what's happening in the field on a regional or national level
  • Bring your own topic - have a question you need to discuss? We're happy to connect.
All members are invited to attend!  Considering membership?  You're also welcome to attend to learn more.

Can't make this meeting?  Check out 2023 dates on our calendar.

 (all times Eastern)
June 26, 3 PM
August 2, Noon
Sept 14, 1 PM
Oct 26, Noon
Dec 5 , 2 PM

We look forward to seeing you online!
 
 
Friday, July 14, 2023 - Friday, July 21, 2023

CVA Study Group 
Registration for the Fall 2023 Study Group is now open.  

It will be led by facilitators who have earned their CVA certification.

  • July 21:  Register by this date to join the study group *
  • July 26:  we will meet to review the study resources and an overview of chapters one and two of the textbook. 
  • August 9 - September 27:  We will meet every Wednesday at 12:00pm ET for eight weeks. The study schedule is based on reading 1-2 chapters of the CVA textbook, discussing those chapters and reviewing sample scenarios during the calls.  

Apply here to join the Fall 2023 study group

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 $75 AL!VE membership will also give you a $50 discount to sit for the CCVA Exam!)


If you're interested in learning more about the Certification in Volunteer Administration in general, visit the CCVA website for information sessions about the exam and application and upcoming information sessions from CCVA.    

Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Leveraging Technology in a Human World:   Inclusively, Responsibly, Creatively
  
The generation of volunteers in the not too distant future will be very different compared to volunteers now.  How can we prepare our policies, programs and recruitment in an inclusive, responsible, and creative way that looks to leverage technology in a human world? 
 
Learn more about this unique hybrid conference presented October 17 or 18, 2023.  Attend this 30 minute informational webinar to learn more about logistics, our speakers, and to  ask questions.

Informational webinars:  all times Eastern
June 6, noon
June 12, 2 pm
June 22, 3 pm
July 6, noon
July 18, 2 pm
July 26, 3 pm
Aug 8, noon
Aug 21, 2 pm
 For more information, check out this informational video and the conference website.
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - Friday, July 21, 2023

July 19 - 21, 2023
Mount Zion Temple
St. Paul, MN

The Minnesota State Fair is known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and it's a sensory experience unlike any other! This summer at MAVA's conference, we will channel the fun, the experience, sometimes the oddity, and the togetherness of the state fair.

Join us for two and half days of networking and interactive sessions, including keynote, large-group experiential learning, and breakout sessions, facilitated by national and local leaders in the field.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

All 2024 dates:  Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 20, April 17, May 15,
*Note new meeting dates:  June 21, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18
Noon Eastern
 May 15 & June 12 Book Club:
Dare to Lead by Brene' Brown 

A Number-one New York Times best seller!

Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Facilitated by Haley Matherly, CVA .  As a Program Development Coordinator at the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC), she supports program partners across various initiatives that promote service, mentoring, and volunteerism in Kansas. She is a Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) professional, with expertise in program design and leadership development.

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.

July's book selection:  Spark the Heart:  Flex Your Empathy Muscle by Dr. Nicole Price

Empathy, often dismissed as a soft skill by leaders, is actually one of the most undervalued skills at their disposal. With her book, Spark the Heart: Engineering Empathy in the Workplace, Dr. Nicole Price makes the case for prioritizing empathy in the workplace, especially as a leadership skill that can be learned, built, and developed.

Inspired by life experiences that awakened her to empathy, Dr. Price has come a long way since her days as an unempathetic leader. In recounting the stories that set her on the journey of empathy she is on today, Nicole proves to today’s leaders that empathy isn’t just something you’re born with, but something we are all capable of, and something that is urgently needed in today’s polarized world.

Nicole’s aim, in her words, is to “have a real conversation about empathy. I cannot give you life-altering experiences, but I can help you to recall the experiences you have had when it is time to flex your empathy muscles. I know that there are far too many people who do care deeply about people who are showing up in unempathetic ways because they haven’t had certain experiences but also because they have not even thought about there being other ways to build empathy.”

Dispelling common empathy myths like empathy makes you weak, that it’s all give and no gain, Nicole points out early-on that the business case is strong, and unavoidable. The top 10 companies in the Global Empathy Index 2015 increased in value more than twice as much as the bottom 10 and generated 50 percent more earnings (defined by market capitalization). There is a correlation as high as 80 percent between departments with higher empathy and those with high performers. And, 87 percent of CEOs believe a company’s financial performance is tied to empathy in the workplace, as do 79 percent of HR professionals.

If you’re seeking to develop a new leadership skill, choose one that can give you an unexpected edge over your competition, Spark the Heart is the urgent read you need right now.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

This virtual Community of Practice supports volunteer engagement professionals managing programs in and across rural communities. These monthly peer-to-peer sessions address some of the challenges that come with operating in geographic areas with lower population numbers and that are located outside of more suburban and urban areas. Members use these sessions to troubleshoot issues, to give and receive support, and to share strategies, best practices, and resources for effective volunteer program management.

2024 Meetings will be held (All times 2 PM Eastern):
January 16, February 20, March 19,
April 16, May 21, June 18,
July 16, August 20, September 17,
October 15, November 19, December 17


To register for these dates, see the  link below.

COP's are an exclusive AL!VE member benefit.  Anyone is welcome to attend the first COP meeting, but after the first meeting we ask you become a member.  Learn more here. 

Thursday, July 20, 2023
AL!VE Parks & Recreation Community of Practice

The Parks & Recreation Lunch and Learn COP is designed to include a broad range of topics regarding urban and rural parks, botanical gardens, parks, and nature preserves. 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 engagement professionals in the Parks & Rec field. Bring your lunch/brunch and beverage! If you're not sure if you fit with us, please join us!
 
This COP is facilitated by
Meagan Patterson, Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Volunteer Manager
Yvonne Dunphe, Five Rivers Metroparks, Volunteer Coordinator
 

This COP will meet  from noon-1pm Eastern.  
*note* When you register, you will be automatically be registered for all the future COP dates (listed below) and reminders will be sent - the COP will use the same zoom link every meeting. 
​You may opt out by emailing manager@volunteeralive.org    

 
2024: March 21, May 16, July 18, Septmeber 19, Novmeber 21
 
*Note:  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.
 

For more information please contact:
Megan Patterson 
Yvonne Dunphe
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Museums & Cultural Institutions Community of Practice: 
This is an AL!VE Communities of Practice for those managing volunteers in museums, galleries, cultural and arts centers.  Join us as we discuss and share insights and experiences that we are all having in the arts education/enrichment communities.  COVID has posed certain challenges and changes for us all so let’s rely on each other for ideas and inspiration!  This will be a time for networking, sharing ideas, asking questions, and brainstorming with your peers. 
 *Note, new dates & times*
2024:  Jan 18, Mar 21, May 13, July 15, September 16- all dates Noon Eastern

May 13 - Part of our discussion will be a AAMV conference preview
July 15 - Part of our discussion will be an AAMV conference recap

*note* When you register, you will automatically be registered for all the future COP dates (listed below) and reminders will be sent - the COP will use the same zoom link. 
​You may opt out by emailing manager@volunteeralive.org 
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. *current AAMV members can attend anytime* 

 You can learn more here.

 
Monday, July 24, 2023
This COP is for those managing an AmeriCorps Seniors program(s) as a grantee or sponsor. This includes Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), and SCP (Senior Companion Program. Join us as we are a sounding board for sharing best practices and resources that are unique to federal grants and the older volunteers we work alongside.


*note* When you register, you will be automatically be registered for all the future COP dates (listed below) and monthly reminders will be sent - the COP will use the same zoom link. 
​You may opt out by emailing manager@volunteeralive.org    


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.
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

CVA Study Group 
Registration for the Fall 2023 Study Group is now open.  

It will be led by facilitators who have earned their CVA certification.

  • July 21:  You MUST Register by this date to join the study group *
  • July 26:  we will meet to review the study resources and an overview of chapters one and two of the textbook. 
  • August 9 - September 27:  We will meet every Wednesday at 12:00pm ET for eight weeks. The study schedule is based on reading 1-2 chapters of the CVA textbook, discussing those chapters and reviewing sample scenarios during the calls.  

Apply here to join the Fall 2023 study group

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 $75 AL!VE membership will also give you a $50 discount to sit for the CCVA Exam!)


If you're interested in learning more about the Certification in Volunteer Administration in general, visit the CCVA website for information sessions about the exam and application and upcoming information sessions from CCVA.    

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Leveraging Technology in a Human World:   Inclusively, Responsibly, Creatively
  
The generation of volunteers in the not too distant future will be very different compared to volunteers now.  How can we prepare our policies, programs and recruitment in an inclusive, responsible, and creative way that looks to leverage technology in a human world? 
 
Learn more about this unique hybrid conference presented October 17 or 18, 2023.  Attend this 30 minute informational webinar to learn more about logistics, our speakers, and to  ask questions.

Informational webinars:  all times Eastern
June 6, noon
June 12, 2 pm
June 22, 3 pm
July 6, noon
July 18, 2 pm
July 26, 3 pm
Aug 8, noon
Aug 21, 2 pm
 For more information, check out this informational video and the conference website.

We welcome any event related to volunteer engagement professionals! 
To submit your event, click on the link below.