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 November 2023
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
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 https://mms.volunteeralive.org/members/forum/board_list.php (Must be signed in to Member Log In).  This is where we can share best practices, ask questions, brag, vent and connect. 
*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    

 
This COP meets at 2 PM Eastern on :

2024:  March 14, June 20, Sept 19, Nov 14

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, November 2, 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. 
 
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Save the date!  November 2 from 1-3 PM Eastern.  A national gathering of Local Professional Associations in the United States.  Networking, door prizes and celebration of International Volunteer Managers Day.   Any member of a local association of volunteer engagement professionals (DOVIA, AVA, etc) is encouraged to attend!

Our agenda is:

1:00 Welcome & introductions
1:15 Brief remarks from AL!VE Board President Michelle Raymer
1:25 Roundtable discussions on Local Associations topics as voted on by attendees
2:25 Re-convene and group discussion
2:40 Welcome from our Special Guest Martin J Cowling to help us celebrate International Volunteer Managers Appreciation Day! 
2:55 Door prize drawing and announcements

The Local Associations National Summit is open to ALL Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals, DOVIA's, AVA's in the US. Members involved in leadership are encouraged to attend with as many others in their leadership group, board, etc. as possible.

About our special guest, Martin J. Cowling:
Martin J Cowling has been a volunteer, hands-on manager, leader, researcher and consultant across the globe for small and large organisations.
Martin led the Office of the Not for Profit Sector for the Australian government and helped establish the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) in 2013.
Martin is a skilled presenter who has spoken at conferences and universities. Philanthropy 101 ranked him as one of the top 100 speakers on philanthropy.He has worked with LaTrobe University on research into volunteerism. He has written over 200 articles, research papers, blog posts and book chapters on the subjects of leadership, change in organisations, community engagement and volunteering. Martin believes that people are the key to an organisation’s success and he is passionate about ensuring that staff (both paid and unpaid) have mutually beneficial relationships and contribute to making lasting positive change.
He volunteers to support cancer research, MS and homelessness and poverty alleviation.



We look forward to seeing you there!

AL!VE Local Associations Committee
Jenn Forristal CVA, Chair - NOVAA, Portland, Oregon
Tim Suda CVA, GAVA - Georgia Association of Volunteer Administrators
Jennifer Thompson CVA, - TulsAL!VE, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jerry Pannozzo CVA,  - NYAVA, New York Association of Volunteer Administrators New York, NY
Mary Lynn Perry - Sacramento DOVIA, Sacramento, California
Amanda Schmierer CVA, - SWIDOVS Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services
Sunday, November 5, 2023
2023 Theme The Global IVMDay Organising Committee are proud to announce the theme for IVMDay for 2023. “Helping Others Help”

Learn more here.
Tuesday, November 7, 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.   
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
All are welcome to join our quarterly networking social for anyone involved in Volunteer Engagement.

All Volunteer Engagement Professionals are welcome to attend a networking social event, quarterly at 5 pm Eastern for 45 minutes.  Feel free to leave early or come late as your schedule allows.  Connect and network with your peers for live discussions - ask questions and let us know what's on your mind!

All times Eastern:
  • March 28
  • June 17
  • September 13
  • December 4
When you register, we will send the meeting information, and you'll be signed up for the following sessions for the rest of the year.  You can always opt out by emailing us.

Door prizes, networking and camaraderie will be on hand.  Don't miss it!

Open to all in the field of volunteer engagement.  We look forward to seeing you!   
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
November AL!VE Academy:  Hidden Biases in Volunteer Engagement
While we may say we want greater diversity and inclusion in our volunteer programs, our actions may not always support that vision. Hidden Biases in Volunteer Management allow participants to reflect on the ways we -- as leaders of volunteer programs -- can discover, face and fight hidden biases in our volunteer program’s practices, procedures and policies. We will reflect on the established structures of our sector and the volunteer programs that may unintentionally be less than welcoming. While this webinar will not solve structural racism and unconscious bias in an hour, we will provide a safe space for volunteer directors, managers, or coordinators to reflect on their own volunteer program and how we can best make a difference.

Presented by Susan Sanow, CVA
Susan Sanow, CVA, is the Senior Manager, Volunteer Management Education at Volunteer Fairfax (Fairfax, Virginia). She leads the volunteer management educational programming including webinars, roundtables, book clubs and the area’s Civic Circle Cohort. Susan is an experienced meeting facilitator and trainer in nonprofit management and volunteer management. She has presented educational programs in the local area, statewide conferences and at national meetings. Susan holds a B.S. in Consumer-Community Services from Michigan State University. She became a Certified Volunteer Administrator in 2020 and joined the board of the Northern Virginia Association of Volunteer Administrators in 2021. In 2022, Susan was named an Exemplary Leader in Volunteer Engagement by the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE).

AL!VE Academy Webinars on any DEAI topic are free for everyone. The general public is welcome to attend, 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.
Thursday, November 9, 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, November 9, 2023

Faith Based Volunteer Programs

Join in the conversation around faith-based volunteering and engagement! Whether your organization engages faith-based groups or your organization is faith-based, this is an opportunity to network, share experiences, ask questions, and brainstorm with peers working in the faith space. Discussion topics will be sourced from the group to ensure these conversations are helpful and applicable to your work.

2023 Dates:  May 11, Aug 10 & Nov 9, 2 PM Eastern

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.
If you have any questions about this COP, contact Anna Brandt, facilitator.
Once you register you are signed up for future sessions.  You can opt out at any time by emailing us at manager@volunteeralive.org

We will send a reminder before the next meeting, too. 

Thursday, November 16, 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, November 16, 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.

 
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Sponsored by Points of Light

Take time out with your family this season to help others, and make a positive mark on the world.

 
Tuesday, November 21, 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. 

Monday, November 27, 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.
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Volunteer Program Evaluation with Sammy Feilchenfeld, CVA
Evaluating your volunteer program can help you make sure that it is meeting the needs of your organization, your clients and your volunteers. Measuring and understanding the outcomes and impact of your volunteer program can help you capitalize on strengths, address weaknesses and plan for the future. In this interactive session, we’ll explore common evaluation methods, techniques for collecting and interpreting evaluation data, and templates to get you started.

Sammy Feilchenfeld, CVA, is Volunteer Toronto’s Manager, Learning, designing and overseeing Volunteer Toronto’s learning programs for leaders of volunteers, board members, non-profit professionals and volunteer seekers. With a focus on addressing the changing needs of volunteerism, Sammy draws on more than 15 years in volunteer management and adult education. Sammy also serves as Director of Partnerships on the board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA).

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