Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement
Calendar of Events

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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 17, September 13, December 4
12/4/2024
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AL!VE 2024 Annual Meeting
12/5/2024
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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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AL!VE Disability COP JUN 20; JUL 18; AUG 15; SEP 19; OCT 17: NOV 14; DEC 19
5/15/2025
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Events in the month of May 2024
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
 The  Advisory Boards & Committees COP group will be a chance to network, share expertise, ask questions, and solve problems with your peers. 

 Meeting times are 3 PM Eastern on:

2024:  February 7, May 1, August  7, November 6

For more information, contact COP facilitator Marcelle Austin.

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.

 
Friday, May 3, 2024
May AL!VE Academy:  Exploring the Career Pathways of Volunteer Adminstrators
Presented by Dr. Allison Russell and Kayla Parker, University of Texas at Dallas


  Dr. Allison Russell and Kayla Parker will discuss the findings of a recent study they conducted on the career pathways of volunteer administrators.

They interviewed over 50 volunteer administrators, discussing how they became volunteer administrators, what skills they need to succeed, and professional development in the field.

About our presenters: 
Dr. Allison Russell is an assistant professor in the Public and Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her scholarly work focuses on topics including nonprofit management, volunteerism, and social innovation.


Kayla Parker is a second year Ph.D student in the Public and Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. The focus of her studies are nonprofit management and volunteerism.







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 at our website.
Monday, May 6, 2024
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.
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
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, May 9, 2024
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
  • Associations goals for 2024
  • 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 our calendar for the next date.  They are about six weeks apart.

We look forward to seeing you online!
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2024
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.

 
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - Thursday, May 16, 2024

Save the Dates: 2024 National Service Training

 

See you in Minneapolis or online!

 

America's Service Commissions, in partnership with state and territorial service commissions, is pleased to announce the dates for 2024 National Service Training (NST). The theme is Serve. Connect. Build.

 

Please consider joining us in-person* or online:

  • April 24-26, 2024 · Minneapolis, MN
  • May 14-16, 2024 · Virtual

 

*In 2024, we will be hosting one national in-person event, bringing together folks from across the country, rather than several regional events.

 

The primary audiences for NST 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, Native Nations, VISTA, NCCC, Seniors, and VGF — are welcome and invited to attend.

 

We will update our event website as more information is available.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - Thursday, May 16, 2024

Taking place virtually on May 15-16, the 2024 Virginia Volunteerism Summit is Virginia’s leading event for organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities. Hosted by Serve Virginia and the Virginia Service Foundation, this year’s Summit will re-energize your passion for service through opportunities to connect with peers and learn from experts in the field! 
 
Keynote speakers include Breauna Dorelus, an AmeriCorps alum and founder of Connecting the Cause, and Sue Carter Kahl, a nationally-known expert in volunteer engagement. In addition, attendees will participate in multiple hands-on workshops each day as well as virtual networking opportunities and resource-sharing.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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, May 15, 2024
About the Webinar:
Each year, millions of Americans interact with our criminal justice system. The vast majority of these individuals will be compelled to complete community service hours as a part of their sentence- often in exchange for reducing fines or avoiding incarceration. While originally well-intentioned, court-ordered service programs often place undue burdens on folks who live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. For those convicted of crimes and recently released from incarceration, their first foothold back into the community is often nonprofit organizations, and yet, the opportunities for volunteers with criminal records are quite limited, and the amount of mandatory hours often creates financial hardship.

In this session we will discuss the history of community service & diversion programs, the staggering economic value that these individuals provide to the third sector, concerns around exploitation of this compelled labor, and ways we can provide more meaningful community service to reduce recidivism rates.

In this training, you will learn:
  1. Understand the historical context and evolution of court-ordered community service programs, including their initial intentions and their impact on individuals with intersecting marginalized identities.
  2. Identify the economic and societal contributions of individuals completing court-ordered service, while exploring the ethical concerns regarding the potential exploitation of compelled labor within these programs, especially in light of the barriers returning community members face in seeking employment.
  3. Explore actionable strategies and frameworks to create more meaningful, skill-building, and impactful community service opportunities, aiming to reduce recidivism rates and foster positive reintegration for individuals with criminal records.

Facilitators:
Bex Takacs-Britz (they/them/theirs) is a nonprofit strategist and inclusion advocate from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They hold a Bachelors of Science in public and nonprofit administration from Grand Valley State University. Professionally, Bex has spent the past decade focused on fund development for nonprofits spanning the entire US, from small shop to internationally-scaled organizations. They earned their CNP in 2021, their CFRE in 2022, and their ACNP in 2023. Outside of their day work, Bex is the President & founder of Welcome Home Neighbors, a community re-entry support program. Bex has a focused interest in creating inclusive and accessible workplaces and volunteer spaces.

Chris Boden is a passionate polymath with a storied life. He founded a little Makerspace that turned out to be kinda popular, wrote a few books, made a few videos that some people liked, survived being tossed into two different Federal prisons, and has lived a life through a lens throwing lightning bolts in front of thousands of people for decades. He’s a professional weirdo and rational optimist who is trying to balance misanthropy with philanthropy
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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 for you, how the exam is created, what the application, preparation, and certification process is, and when you will be ready. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024
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, May 16, 2024
Join us for an enriching day of professional development at the 2024 Mini-Conference for Leaders of Volunteers!
Thursday, May 16, 2024
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
Monday, May 20, 2024
National Networks COP:
Those working at a national level face different issues than those operating on a local or regional level. Often national level leaders are engaged in big picture, strategic or policy decision-making. Sometimes those operating at a national level don’t work directly with volunteers, but rather help empower others in their organizations who do. Join the discussion to connect and learn from others working nationally. We invite anyone looking to brainstorm around the unique issues facing volunteer leaders on a national level.  This COP group will be a chance to network, share expertise, ask questions, and solve problems with your peers. 

 *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 


  All times 2:30 Eastern
Jan 22, Mar 25, May 20, Jul 22, Sep 23, Nov 25


If you have any questions, please contact Sheri Wilensky Burke,  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.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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. 


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