SAVMA Events

The SAVMA awards will recognize the extraordinary service of individuals, youth, and corporate volunteerism programs. A national expert in volunteerism will get us started before we launch into the true celebration of our Community Service Recognitions! The 6-major awards will include personalized videos.

The SAVMA Volunteer Fair showcases the volunteer opportunities amongst the best organizations in town.

  • Sandra Wong: Volunteer Recognition

Sandra Wong: Volunteer Recognition

Sandra Wong: Volunteer Recognition Sandra Wong: Volunteer Recognition recipient was born at TMC and grew up in Marana and Tucson. After receiving an engineering degree from the University of Arizona, she moved to California to pursue a career in aerospace. She enjoyed her time working on satellite systems, but eventually she tired of the California life and missed the Sonoran dessert. Upon her return to Tucson, she continued work as an engineer. It was at this time she found her passion for Hospital-based volunteering. After approximately 16 years of hospital volunteering at Banner- University Medical Center and Tucson Medical Center, she’s contributed over 14,000 hours of volunteer time. Most of that time was spent working with Tucson hospital NICUs, helping the staff care for their tiny patients. Community Service Recognition Sandra Wong's volunteerism is a wonderful story of commitment to community. TMC's volunteer engagement professionals submitted Sandra for the Community [...]

  • Heather Volpe Community Service Recognition

Heather Volpe: Community Service Recognition

Heather Volpe: Community Service Recognition Raquel Cooley from Nova Home Loans would like to recognize Heather Volpe with a Community Service Recognition. She is a nurturing mother with a heart committed to service. Heather embarked on her remarkable volunteer journey over 20 years ago. Her altruistic path began at the Tucson Community School, where she actively participated in the parent co-op, fostering an early appreciation for community engagement in her children. Heather's dedication soon enlarged beyond the school gates, leading her to the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Girl Scouts, where her nurturing spirit finds a natural home. She imparts valuable lessons of leadership and community service to the next generation. Heather’s volunteerism is a testament to her diverse and enduring impact. From ladling soup at Casa Maria and the Gospel Rescue Mission, to wielding a hammer with Habitat for Humanity. She embodies the principle that compassion knows no [...]

  • Zainab Rana Community Service Recognition Children's Museum Tucson

Zainab Rana: Community Service Recognition

Zainab Rana: Community Service Recognition Children's Museum Tucson celebrated Discovery Nights volunteer, Zainab Rana: Community Service Recognition recipient at the SAVMA Awards 2024.  Zainab has been volunteering regularly during Discovery Nights programming at the Children's Museum Tucson helping run the program alongside paid staff members. Discovery Night is every Thursday evening and it is free admission during the time the program runs, so they see many visitors. Zainab helps run the activity planned for each Discovery Night by learning how to do it and showing children and their families how to do it too. She has helped with several different activities, including during some very highly attended nights, and she knows the drill at this point. When she arrives for Discovery Night, she jumps right in and at the end of the activity, she helps wrap up and organize things before the event ends. The staff have noticed how Zainab [...]

January 16th, 2024|Tags: |
  • Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition

Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition

Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition Sandra Maxfield is the Community Service Recognition recipient, lovingly submitted by Linda, Jennifer, and Tricia Lohse of the Tucson Foundations. Sandy, a Canadian transplant, embraced the Old Pueblo arts and culture and health and human services community as a community volunteer as soon as she arrived. While working in Michigan as a Registered Nurse, Sandy met Robert Maxfield during his medical residency. The two married and moved to Tucson to build a medical career and a family. Sandy fully adopted the Southern Arizona nonprofit community with her enthusiastic and influential volunteer leadership. As a governance volunteer, Sandy has served on the Boards of Directors for the: Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Amerind Museum, and Arizona Aerospace Foundation among others. Her years of governance work in policy building, outreach, and fundraising has inspired many new residents to engage in [...]

  • Eric Majchrzak: Community Service Recognition

Eric Majchrzak: Community Service Recognition

Eric Majchrzak: Community Service Recognition Eric Majchrzak is the Community Service Recognition recipient from ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. has willingly given his time, experience and over the past several years. He has helped grow our Center’s Leadership Council and has turned it into a collection of champions.  These champions are fully aligned to advance our mission. As a result of Eric’s leadership, our Center has realized greater levels of achievement and impact than ever in our 25-year history. Eric is a volunteer extraordinaire. He leads our Leadership Council, the constituted board of our Center, with humility. His purpose-driven approach successfully engages others. Nothing speaks to Eric’s abilities as a volunteer leader more than his contributions over the past 18 months, by guiding our Center’s strategic efforts. During that time-frame, Eric led an extensive planning effort to assure our long-term relevancy and sustainability. His keen understanding of [...]

  • Larry Housner: Community Service Recognition

Larry Housner: Community Service Recognition

Larry Housner: Community Service Recognition The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona would like to present Larry Housner the Community Service Recognition. We are proud to express our deepest gratitude to Larry Housner for his outstanding dedication and unwavering commitment to the mission. Since March of 2020, Larry has been an invaluable member of our volunteer team, standing out as a shining example of selflessness and compassion. One remarkable aspect of Larry's service is the amount of time and effort he has dedicated to our cause. Over the course of his volunteer journey, Larry has generously contributed over 1582 hours of his time. This remarkable commitment goes beyond, highlighting his passion for serving our community. Throughout the challenges posed by the pandemic, Larry has consistently demonstrated his loyalty and passion for serving others. His steadfast support in our Emergency Food Distribution efforts has been nothing short of exceptional. Larry goes [...]

January 13th, 2024|Tags: |

Art Hoffman: Community Service Recognition

Art Hoffman: Community Service Recognition Arthur Hoffman is a Community Service Recognition recipient for his loyal volunteer service to Habitat for Humanity Tucson since 2011. Contributing in countless ways, Art not only gives Habitat Tucson his precious time, but the gift of wisdom, skills, and tremendous professional experience. In his time with Habitat Tucson, he leads the IT efforts, participates in construction, lays new flooring, attends and builds at events such as the Veteran Builds, Women’s Builds and more. Moreover, he is counted on for strategic consultation in the areas of technology and project management. Art is an active ambassador and advocate for the work at Habitat Tucson. He traveled internationally with Habitat for Humanity on three, 4-month assignments in France, Australia, Scotland, and Japan. With over 34+ years of experience at IBM leading IT standards worldwide, large contracts and project management, Habitat Tucson is grateful to leverage his many [...]

January 12th, 2024|Tags: |

Fredericka Hills: Community Service Recognition

Fredericka Hills: Community Service Recognition Interfaith Community Services nominated Fredericka Hills for the Community Service Recognition. Her volunteering shows the love to empower and teach others. Since 2015, she has volunteered with Workforce Development, helping job seekers find employment, for instance. Fredericka works with clients to update their résumés by listening and identifying their skills, building up their confidence and teaching them how to get hired and stay hired. About half of all clients who come to ICS looking for employment, find employment. Fredericka’s role is key to that success. Fredericka fondly recalls how she connected a neighbor needing help at her assisted living business to a client with care-giving skills. She recalls listening to one individual having a hard time holding a job, and how she spoke truthfully and kindly as she would to her own son. Additionally, he has since maintained his employment. With an inspired faith at [...]

January 11th, 2024|Tags: |
  • Picture of smiling volunteer Jennifer Gust: Community Service Recognition

Jennifer Gust: Community Service Recognition

Jennifer Gust: Community Service Recognition Jennifer Gust: Community Service Recognition recipient has been an integral part of our workplace at Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. After having been a girl member all the way through Girl Scouts, to her High School graduation, Jennifer continued her relationship with the organization by becoming a volunteer. For 11 years now, she is happy to jump into the work of any team. Jennifer is a positive and beautiful energy in our offices, assisting staff with their workloads. We all are so happy to nominate her for this honor! At Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, every Girl Scout has their own curiosity, dreams, and talents. When they come together to decide which of the thousands of Girl Scout activities to try, the sky’s the limit. Whether visiting an animal shelter, camping, hosting a dance-off, or filming a movie—they’re learning to take risks, trust their gut, [...]

  • Aimee Graves Community Service Recognition

Aimee Graves: Community Service Recognition

Aimee Graves: Community Service Recognition As the CEO of The Haven, Aimee Graves: Community Service Recognition was a perfect fit.  is a nonprofit professional who selflessly invests in emerging leaders through her volunteer work with Community Foundation for Southern Arizona's Center for Healthy Nonprofits. She imparts lessons learned, and offers expert guidance. Her legacy of generosity inspires a mentorship pathway for nonprofit leaders today and into the future.    

Community Service Recognition: James Geringer

Community Service Recognition: James Geringer Easterseals Blake Foundation honored event volunteer with a Community Service Recognition. James Geringer is flexible and versatile, two skills that serve the organization well in his role as a special event volunteer. Additionally, the the events team describe him as passionate, reliable, cooperative, patient, creative, energetic, positive, willing to help, compassionate and organized. Without ever being asked, and with a smile on his face, James signs up for the holiday food box project. His willingness to fill in last minute or serve as a floater has made him an essential part of the team. From making the 100 mile trip for "Blues in Bisbee" to help out with a few small tasks, to popping into Mr. An’s before his day job for event set up. He has an ever courteous attitude to guests, volunteers, and clients alike leaving all with a positive and lasting impression [...]

  • Community Service Recognition: Linda Down Reid Park Zoo Docent

Community Service Recognition: Linda Down

Community Service Recognition: Linda Down Reid Park Zoo honors retired educator and volunteer Docent, with Community Service Recognition: to Linda Down! As a volunteer Docent, Linda engages Reid Park Zoo guests by utilizing interpretive artifact stations and handling small animals, educating about species natural history, individual history, and conveying conservation messaging and actions; she is instrumental in furthering the Zoo’s mission “to create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places.” Linda is also a Docent Mentor, training new Docents on a number of artifact stations, running the giraffe encounter, species and habitat conservation concerns, and in interpretive techniques. In addition to her daily volunteer duties, Linda routinely assists with special evening events educating guests and assisting staff with a number of tasks. Linda is proactive, and where she sees a need, she will take steps to become qualified [...]

January 7th, 2024|Tags: |
  • Gabriela Cervantes Community Service Recognition

Gabriela Cervantes: Community Service Recognition

Gabriela Cervantes: Community Service Recognition Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona submitted Gabriela Cervantes for Community Service Recognition in 2024. She is a Marketing Specialist for Snell & Wilmer, and the founder of Gabriela with one L Consulting. Additionally she facilitates University of Arizona courses, is an Independent Fora Travel Advisor, serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona Board of Directors and is a "Big Sister." Gabriela, while originally from Nogales, has been a Tucson mover and shaker for over 25 years. She has served on many nonprofit boards, fundraising committees, and leadership councils over the years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona is privileged to have had her time, talent, and treasure for the past six years. Gabriela was matched to her Little Sister in 2013, when her Little was just six years old. In 2018, she joined the Board of Directors and has [...]

January 6th, 2024|Tags: |
  • Community Service Recognition: Alexis Carreon

Community Service Recognition: Alexis Carreon

Community Service Recognition: Alexis Carreon Children's Clinics honors Weekly In-Clinic & Adaptive Recreation Volunteer with a Community Service Recognition: Alexis Carreon! Alexis is a full-time honors college student at the University of Arizona. She fills her time with volunteering, athletics, and creative activities. Alexis is majoring in physiology and medical sciences and has her eye on being a physical therapist. After seeing a posting in a newsletter on campus, she joined Children’s Clinics as an adaptive recreation volunteer for their soccer season. Alexis immediately connected with the kids in adaptive recreation and stayed on for tennis, dance, theatre, cheer, and rock orchestra. In addition to Adaptive Recreation, Alexis volunteers weekly at Children’s Clinics playing many roles including supporting the rehab and physical therapy teams, photographing special events, designing flyers and other promotional materials, and creating video content for the childhood experiences program. She is a motivated, kind, and generous individual. [...]

January 5th, 2024|Tags: , |
  • Mark Brown Community Service Recognition

Mark Brown: Community Service Recognition

Mark Brown: Community Service Recognition TEP proudly submits Mark Brown, for Community Service Recognition. He started as a Tucson Electric Power employee volunteer for the Community Food Bank, packing food bags in their warehouse. When the previous coordinator decided to take a step back, there was one clear choice for leadership. Mark stepped up and became the activity coordinator for the monthly event. He continued to organize dozens of TEP volunteers and their families. His consistent and sustained support, scheduling up to 12 months out, got him noticed. It was his dedication to the challenging work of packing bags and scheduling teams that brought an invitation to serve on the Community Food Bank Advisory Board. He held that position for many years, and now serves on the Executive Board as Vice-Chair and other committees. His leadership strengthened the CFB and TEP partnership by improving longstanding event engagement with the Letter [...]

January 4th, 2024|Tags: |
  • Melissa Acuna Junior Achievement of Arizona

Community Service Recognition: Melissa Acuña

Community Service Recognition: Melissa Acuña Melissa Acuna, a Cox Communications employee, and Junior Achievement volunteer will receive a Community Service Recognition for her service. With the support of hundreds of education, business and volunteer partners, Junior Achievement here in Southern Arizona is giving kids the tools to succeed. Our volunteer mentors from the community teach students about the importance of money management, workforce readiness and entrepreneurial thinking. Arming today’s youth with this critical education will result in less financial instability and debt, a better-trained workforce, a more robust economy, and healthier families. Junior Achievement programs, developed by experts, are designed to keep kids engaged and meet them at their level of understanding. But it’s through our volunteering that students can connect what they learn in the classroom to the real world. Melissa Acuña a Career Mentor For example, Melissa Acuna, volunteers at CE Rose K-12 teaching the global market system. [...]

January 3rd, 2024|Tags: |

Volunteerism is a Values Proposition Match for Sponsors

Volunteerism is a Values Proposition Match for Sponsors The SAVMA Awards 2024 presented by the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family, found volunteerism is a values proposition match for sponsors. These generous sponsors made publicly recognizing volunteerism in Southern Arizona on January 18, 2024 a priority. In turn SAVMA Leadership is sharing more about our sponsors and their match with volunteerism. 2024 Award Sponsors found the value proposition for sponsorship clear. Volunteers are a critical part of the health and well-being of our community. Public recognition and celebration of volunteerism brings more attention to the causes that are priorities in our community. Platinum Sponsors Presenting Sponsor The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family The GOYFF develops and implements programs, strategies, and initiatives to strengthen the continuum of services through partnerships with community, faith, private, public, and tribal partners. Their vision is a big one and it has to [...]

January 3rd, 2024|
  • Keynote Nicole R Smith

Keynote Nicole R Smith

Announcing Keynote Speaker Nicole R Smith SAVMA Awards 2024 includes a keynote address by Nicole R Smith, CVA. She is a Panamanian-American, workforce development expert, athlete, published author, nonprofit founder, motivational speaker and sports entertainer. Nicole enthusiastically inspires her audiences with her take on today's volunteerism.  She earned her Bachelor's degree via a Division I full-ride track scholarship. After graduating she founded Step It Up! Inc, a nonprofit dance organization. She performed for audiences nationwide, while simultaneously using dance to teach teamwork to kids in after school programs.  Nicole's experience in sports entertainment, radio, TV, the performing arts and social services spans nearly 20 years covering the Chicago, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami and Orlando markets. She danced and cheered for four Professional and Semi-Professional sports teams. Undeniably, these experiences gave her a knack for workforce development. It wasn't long before she had prepared more than 800 interns to enter the workforce [...]

January 2nd, 2024|Tags: , |

CSR Awards Deadline Extended to 11/15

CSR Awards Deadline Extended to 11/15 Those organizations committing to Table Sponsorship or above, are eligible to submit a volunteer for Community Service Recognition. This recognition opportunity is a unique way to showcase a special volunteer in a meaningful way. Public, and formal praise of those who demonstrate extraordinary service in support of your organization’s work not only confirms their efforts but also inspires others in Southern Arizona to become more involved in our community.   After you register for your sponsorship or table, you complete an online form. The form provides all the information we need to know about your special volunteer we need for materials at the event to highlight their service and for social media materials before and after the event. Each organization may only submit one volunteer or volunteer couple for this recognition (even if more than one table is purchased). You must provide the following [...]

November 9th, 2023|
  • International Volunteer Managers Day 2023

International Volunteer Managers Day 2023

International Volunteer Managers Day 2023 Helping Others Help SAVMA Leadership celebrates International Volunteer Managers Day 2023 This November 5, 2023, SAVMA celebrates those that support the profession of volunteer engagement. This includes: volunteer managers, leaders of volunteers, volunteer engagement professionals and volunteer administrators. Thank you for your dedication to your craft. Thank you for your work. This day provides an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions of volunteer managers. They play a pivotal role in mobilizing and coordinating volunteers to address critical needs within our communities. Volunteer managers serve as the linchpin between volunteers and organizations. They ensure that the skills and time offered by volunteers get effectively utilized for the betterment of society. Their dedication, passion, and strategic planning are instrumental in driving positive change, enhancing community resilience, and promoting a spirit of civic engagement. By recognizing International Volunteer Manager's Day, we acknowledge the vital role these professionals play [...]

November 5th, 2023|
  • 2024 Proposed SAVMA Leadership

2024 Proposed SAVMA Leadership

2024 Proposed SAVMA Leadership The SAVMA Board of Directors would like to present the 2024 proposed SAVMA Leadership. To identify barriers to leadership, the Willing and Able Leadership Survey opened September 1st, posing four questions about willingness and ability to serve. The results of that data will be presented in 2024 blog posts. Those identified as willing and able to serve (and qualified) are hereby presented as your leadership team for 2024. As there are open positions there will still be a call for nominations from the floor on December 7th at the annual meeting. If you have not registered, please do so here as the hosts are providing food and beverages. Board of Directors Officers (terms end 12/2024) Jennifer Lohse (President) Jennifer has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years in a variety of leadership positions. She holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit [...]

November 1st, 2023|
  • Victoria Carlson-Foscz, to receive the 2023 Volunteer Administrator Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA).

2023 Volunteer Administrator Award- An overdue award for a truly committed CVA!

2023 Volunteer Administrator Award An overdue award for a truly committed CVA! Tucson, Sep. 17 — Victoria Carlson-Foscz, to receive the 2023 Volunteer Administrator Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA). Victoria, “Tori,” serves as a role model with her passion, experience and best practices in volunteer engagement and leadership. She holds a CVA, by the Council on Certification in Volunteer Administration. Tori has committed herself to the role of Manager of Volunteer Engagement at Interfaith Community Services (ICS) for over 9 years. She advocates for volunteerism and those who manage volunteers with grace, compassion, and leadership. Her work as a trainer for the Service Enterprise Initiative through ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, finds her using her coaching skills with her peers. This helps to strengthen the entire volunteer program management sector. As a member of the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism, Tori [...]

September 17th, 2023|
  • Caterpillar Tucson Regional Offices, is being awarded the 2023 Corporate Volunteerism Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA).

2023 Corporate Volunteerism Award- Focus on leadership development is core to Caterpillar’s mission!

2023 Corporate Volunteerism Award Focus on leadership development is core to Caterpillar’s mission! Tucson, Sep. 14 — Caterpillar Tucson Regional Offices, is being awarded the 2023 Corporate Volunteerism Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA). Paloma Santiago, Southern District Director for Junior Achievement of Arizona submitted the nomination. The Caterpillar Tucson Regional Team will receive the award on January 18, 2024, at the annual SAVMA Awards. The event recognizes all levels of volunteerism including individuals, nonprofits and corporations. Steve Pangburn, Global Sales Manager is quoted “we, at Caterpillar, are honored to be awarded the Corporate Volunteerism Award by Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association. We continue to look for volunteer opportunities where our values align with the code of sustainability, excellence and integrity. JA provides this by giving our employees the chance to work together annually and share their expertise to future generations the importance of having a strong work [...]

September 17th, 2023|
  • Chrisie Ballard, a Board Member on the Junior Achievement of Arizona – Southern District, Board of Directors, is being awarded the 2023 Volunteer Board Member Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA).

2023 Volunteer Board Member Award- a leader that believes in wearing all the hats!

2023 Volunteer Board Member Award SAVMA Award goes to a volunteer who has worn many hats! Tucson, Sep. 14 — Junior Achievement of Arizona – Southern District, volunteer Director on the Board of Directors, Chrisie Ballard, is receiving the 2023 Volunteer Board Member Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA). Since joining the Junior Achievement of AZ Southern District Board in 2010, Chrisie has been a force of good for 13 years. She has worked to overcome challenges, advocated for healthy growth and change, and increased fundraising resulting in the two best years in 21-22 and 22-23. Chrisie passionately supports JA’s mission and work to inspire entrepreneurship in their youth. She has held every leadership role: Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair, serving on the JA AZ Governance Board and chairing multiple committees.  Chrisie brings this same energy and impact as a volunteer in JA classroom programs at every [...]

September 17th, 2023|

2023 Nonprofit Volunteer Program Award- volunteers that literally build a better community

2023 Nonprofit Volunteer Program Award Tucson, Sep. 15 — Habitat for Humanity Tucson, to receive the 2023 Nonprofit Volunteer Program Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA). The Nonprofit Volunteer Program Award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated outstanding impact through their volunteer program. Habitat for Humanity constructed an extraordinary volunteer program. SAVMA will recognize their successes on January 18, 2024 at the annual awards event. The event recognizes all levels of volunteerism including individuals, nonprofits, and corporations. Every year thousands of Volunteers make the mission of Habitat Tucson possible. In 2022-2023 the Habitat for Humanity Tucson volunteer base was 2,100 persons who served for over 46,000 hours. They literally help build a better community right here in Southern Arizona. They strive to find unique ways to utilize our volunteers' valuable skills by inviting each volunteer into the process of partnership that is at the core of everything [...]

September 17th, 2023|
  • 2023 SAVMA Youth Volunteer Award- Donation drive yields $2.6K for domestic shelter

2023 Youth Volunteer Award- Donation drive yields $2.6K for domestic shelter

2023 Youth Volunteer Award Tucson, Sep. 13 — Felipe Garcia, a Commissioner on the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission, will receive the 2023 Youth Volunteer Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA). SAVMA will honor young Mr. Garcia on January 18, 2024 at the third annual, SAVMA Awards. The awards recognize all levels of volunteerism including individuals, nonprofits and corporations. Felipe's leadership on the Governor's Youth Commission (GYC) is evident throughout his three years of service. He wrote reports on youth mental health in Arizona, and as Vice President, he presented these reports to the Arizona House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Teen Mental Health and the Pima Behavioral Health Coalition. Beyond regular duties, Felipe collaborated with the GYC's Domestic Violence Workgroup to expand their donation drive to Tucson. Despite setbacks, Felipe worked with his school to collect approximately $2,600.00 in donations for a local domestic violence shelter. [...]

September 16th, 2023|
  • 2023 Program Volunteer Awardee David L Tabb, CASA

SAVMA 2023 Program Volunteer Award!- This volunteer was seen going the distance-

2023 Program Volunteer Award  Tucson, Arizona September  11 — Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, Dave Tabb, is being recognized with the 2023 Program Volunteer Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA). Dave has been a volunteer for CASA of Pima County for three years. He is currently a CASA for nine children. Dave has donated more than 2,000 hours, and more than 24,000 miles in support of his CASA children. Some of Dave's acts of service as a volunteer have included making new memories with his CASA children. This has included watching their first 3-D movie to taking them to experience the snow and scenic views of Mt. Lemmon. He has tried virtual reality at the request of one of his teens, karate lessons, and has been known to see the same movie multiple times in one weekend for “his kids.” Many times, Dave has remained the [...]

September 11th, 2023|
  • 2020 SAVMA Awards Volunteer of the Year

SAVMA Awards 2024 Nominate Now

SAVMA Awards 2024 Nominate Now Thousands of volunteers weekly share their skills, time and enthusiasm to hundreds of nonprofits, schools, churches and governments across Southern Arizona. Publicly celebrating and thanking them and recognizing the work they do to make our communities happier and healthier is a win-win for all. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your agency’s good work and the volunteers who make it happen! PLEASE take a few moments to nominate for one or all six of the award categories. SAVMA Awards 2024 nominate now through July 31st at 5PM, with additional details at: https://www.savma.org/awardsnominations/ The Southern Arizona footprint includes: Pima, Santa Cruz, Graham, Greenlee, or Cochise County. Award Categories (nominate now) Southern Arizona Volunteer of the Year Award Corporate or Group Volunteerism Award Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year Youth Volunteer of the Year - Individual or Group Board Member of the Year Volunteer Administrator of the Year [...]

July 6th, 2023|
  • SAVMA Volunteer Fair

SAVMA Volunteer Fair 2023 April 20th- Registration Now Open

SAVMA Volunteer Fair 2023- April 20th Recruitment and Recognition Fair 2023 Registration Open The SAVMA Volunteer Fair 2023 will take place at Reid Park Zoo on April 20th.  Community members are invited to attend from 4:30PM-7PM and celebrate their volunteerism during this Volunteer Appreciate Week event! This event is open to the public. Volunteer Fair 2023 (for the public- volunteers) This event is for you and we cannot wait to see you at the fair. You do not need to register. To put you in the right mood click here for the Zoo map. Check in with the agency with whom you volunteer and see if they are attending. If not, encourage them to register below. Volunteer Fair 2023- For Volunteer Managers Organizations planning on hosting a table must register now by April 10th. Please invite all your volunteers to attend to celebrate volunteer appreciate week. Organizational, supporting and partner [...]

March 20th, 2023|

Join Us for The Annual AL!VE Conference October 18th 9:30am-5:00pm

  This years focus on equipping leaders of volunteers with skills to determine what data is useful and how to tell impactful stories using different tools and technologies. Not only is this great information for those that work with volunteers but this can be applied across organizations. SAVMA members receive a discounted rate and all attendees will receive snacks and lunch! Click Here To Register    

September 1st, 2022|
  • Stamp out hunger, Saturday, May 14th, 2022 a volunteer event opportunity

Volunteer event opportunity: Stamp Out Hunger

Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 14th Volunteer Event Opportunity The National Association of Letter Carrier’s Stamp-Out-Hunger food drive will occur on Saturday, May 14th   in Tucson. These NALC food drives take place all over the United States and are the country’s largest single-day food drive. Want to volunteer? The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is recruiting nearly 400 volunteers at 12 different stations and needs your help! We are still recruiting hundreds of volunteers for May 14th. This is a great opportunity for families with children 12 years old and up. Volunteers  unload postal trucks, filled with food and then sort the food on site. To view all the different locations, and specific details pertaining to each opportunity (including shift times) click here. To volunteer as an individual, or as a team, contact Volunteer Services at: volunteer@communityfoodbank.org or (520) 882-3292. Volunteer event opportunity posts are a benefit of [...]

April 29th, 2022|
  • SAVMA Awards and Volunteer Fair 2022 and 2023

SAVMA Awards and Volunteer Fair 2022 and 2023

SAVMA Awards and Volunteer Fair 2022 and 2023 In November 2021, the SAVMA Board of Directors discussed the SAVMA Awards and Volunteer Fair 2022 and 2023 plans. Due to COVID-19, we reimagined the 2020 SAVMA Fair and cancelled the SAVMA Awards in 2021. In late 2021, with the rise of COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Omicron variant, we cancelled the SAVMA Awards 2022. However, it was agreed that SAVMA still wants to honor the amazing work done by individuals and organizations throughout Southern Arizona in response to the pandemic.  The community has stepped up in amazing ways over the last two years. Organizations have adapted to community needs and shifted models. Volunteers have gone above and beyond, all in support of their fellow community members. Therefore, the Board voted to combine the SAVMA Volunteer Fair held at Reid Park Zoo with the SAVMA Awards in a unique way [...]

December 15th, 2021|
  • 2021 Hybrid Conference Banner

Join SAVMA’s Host Site for the AL!VE Hybrid Conference

Join SAVMA on October 19th for the Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference!  We will be meeting together via Zoom and join break out sessions with others registered through out host site. Why join with SAVMA? Members and non-members alike get a deep discount to attend this conference but joining our host site means that you'll have conversations with others who are learning how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion matter at the regional level as well. Who should attend? Anyone at an organization is invited to attend, not just those who work with volunteers. We believe these conversations are important for the entire staff. Individuals and students are also welcome! Costs: SAVMA Members: $20 Students (Non-members): $25 Non-Members: $40 Individual Conference Registration  + SAVMA Membership Discount: $60 Register today.  https://bit.ly/SAVMAHybrid2021 Learn More about the conference and each speaker: https://www.betterimpact.tv/vmhc/

October 7th, 2021|
  • SAVMA Volunteer Fair

SOUTHERN ARIZONA VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT AND CELEBRATION FAIR

The Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association invites you to a volunteer fair at the Reid Park Zoo on Thursday, September 16th from 4:30-7pm. Who can Attend? All members of the public are invited to attend the 2021 annual SAVMA Volunteer & Recognition Fair. Additionally, current volunteers are welcome to attend as a “thank you” from the Southern Arizona nonprofit community. Attendees have the opportunity to explore the zoo during this family-friendly night and enjoy music, raffle prizes, and more. Furthermore, guests can learn about ways to support their community. What organizations will be there? Representatives from local nonprofit organizations will introduce potential volunteers to their important causes.  These organizations include: Interfaith Community Services Big Brothers Big Sisters Easterseals Blake Foundation CASA of Pima County Literacy Connects Youth on their Own Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest And more! What is the cost? Thank you to TMC Foundation and United Way [...]

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week

Where would we be without volunteers? If your organization is like the Reid Park Zoo, you would not be able to function as efficiently, nor effectively without volunteers. They keep us organized in the office, do community outreach, and educate guests. They donate time and resources, and ensure the organization is achieving its mission. Volunteers are truly the backbone of many organizations and worth more than the national average of $27.20 per hour. April 18-24th is National Volunteer Week. During this week, and throughout the year, it's important that we celebrate the people who donate their time and talents. We should also take time to recognize the reasons people volunteer. Through this, we can create meaningful opportunities and celebrate them appropriately.  Why people volunteer: Personal ties - many people volunteer because they have a connection to the organization. For these volunteers, create activities that directly relate to the mission, as [...]

April 23rd, 2021|Tags: , |

Join the AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program- Applications Dues 9/4

Peer Mentors are the Answer! SAVMA Members have an Association Membership with AL!VE! So, if you are a member of SAVMA, you are also a member of AL!VE! and that includes the benefits of the: Emerging Leaders Mentor Program The Emerging Leaders Mentor Program is first designed to provide a platform for members to connect, and second designed to share best practices while positioning members as leaders in the field through ongoing professional development and skills building. Participants will be paired with AL!VE Mentors to receive individualized coaching and support. In addition, there will be monthly peer sessions pertaining to leadership development topics. For more information about the program, commitments, requirements, and timeline, please review this following FAQ link: AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program FAQ.  Applications are open now through September 4th.  Apply to become a mentee here.

August 27th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Michael Kloth

Community Service Recognition: Michael Kloth In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! Michael Kloth: Volunteer Photographer "Michael first began photographing adoptable animals to help with their marketing in 2006 when he lived in Kentucky. Two cross country moves later, he joined Pima Animal Care Center as a volunteer in 2013. The photos and videos he has made helped market thousands of animals to potential adopters and have helped countless more as part of fundraising materials and grant applications. He considers himself very fortunate for the opportunity to have worked with all [...]

May 29th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Anthony Barrasso

Community Service Recognition: Anthony Barrasso In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! Anthony Barrasso: COO, In Balance Continuum of Care "Anthony Barrasso and the entire Barrasso family have been long time supporters of Children's Clinics. Their support originated as the creators of our famous Halloween haunted house that has been an annual treat for many years. In 2018, Anthony proposed a "Christmas Wish" concept for a partnership between the Clinic and In Balance Continuum of Care, an organization committed to serving young men in their journey of recovery from substance abuse. [...]

May 13th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Josh Plicht

Community Service Recognition: Josh Plicht In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! Josh Plicht: 2019 El Rio Vecinos President "Josh Plicht inspired, encouraged, supported and helped lead the El Rio Vecinos to a record year of accomplishments, including $119,000 in funding from proceeds from their 2019 Vecinos Block Party. He has personally invested thousands of volunteer hours in service to others. Who are El Rio Vecinos? A diverse group of 40 young professionals with a collective goal to make a difference in our community through fundraising for the El Rio Children's [...]

May 4th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Kuykendall & Associates

Community Service Recognition: Kuykendall & Associates In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! Kuykendall & Associates: Law firm located in Tucson, AZ The Kuykendall & Associates law firm believes that justice is best served when people unjustly accused of a crime have legal representation that is as strong and well-resourced as that of the accusers. In the case of Scott Warren, charged with the felony of harboring for providing humanitarian aid to people in distress, the accusers had the power and resources of the US Department of Justice. Greg Kuykendall, Amy [...]

April 20th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Sarah Hosea

Community Service Recognition: Sarah Hosea In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! Sarah Hosea: VITA Site Coordinator for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Sarah joined the VITA team at United Way just a few years ago. She took to her training like a duck to water and quickly became a leader among her site's preparation team. Last year, she took the leap and became a site coordinator, leading a team of seven volunteers on Saturday afternoons, providing taxpayers in Tucson with no-cost tax preparation services, allowing them to keep [...]

April 17th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Elizabeth Warren

Community Service Recognition: Elizabeth Warren In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! Elizabeth Warren: Volunteer Receptionist at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Elizabeth started volunteering at CFB more than 3 years ago at our reception desk. Reception is a volunteer opportunity at the Food Bank that sees everyone and everything taking place in the building, and it requires volunteers with a lot of heart, patience, compassion, and dedication. Elizabeth supports the reception desk multiple mornings every week, and does an excellent job serving those in need who come seeking [...]

April 15th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Michael Duran

Community Service Recognition: Michael Duran In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! Michael Duran: Community Leader Michael Duran has committed his professional life to improving the lives of others, especially by expanding health care and educational opportunities by reaching out to underserved populations. As a community volunteer and leader, Michael dedicates his time to making a difference in the lives of children and families. Michael has served on numerous non-profit boards in our community. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board of BBVA Compass Bank, Rialto Theatre Foundation and the Center [...]

April 13th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Kristin Wook

Community Service Recognition: Kristin Wook In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH!   Kristin Wook Summer Camp Intern at The Children's Museum From the nominator, Vanessa King: "Kristin worked alongside our camp staff to ensure our camps were engaging and fun. She helped with camp set up and prep, facilitated activities, crafts, and demos, and engaged campers in the Museum galleries. In addition to camp, she helped our education specialist during WeeExplore to prepare and implement interactive science experiments and hands on science activities. She also ensured the behind the scenes [...]

April 11th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Erik Reed (TEP)

Community Service Recognition: Erik Reed In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH! Erik Reed - TEP Power Cat "It is our pleasure to nominate Erik Reed for Community Service Recognition. For many years, Erik has been an amazing volunteer although you might not recognize him out at our events as he is often "in disguise." Eric is one of our dedicated PowerCAT mascot volunteers and is an undefeated mascot in dance off competitions. When not representing TEP as PowerCAT Erik’s soft-spoken personality might fool you – but put on that mascot [...]

April 8th, 2020|

Resources for COVID-19 Response

Note: March 19th Meeting has been cancelled and the April Volunteer Fair has been postponed date TBD. The following information was sent out via email to SAVMA Members. Preparing Your Volunteer Program for COVID-19 From the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association While there are still many unknowns about COVID-19 and how it will affect our communities in Southern Arizona it is certain it already has. It is important to note that our volunteer communities are already being impacted and we want to be sure you know where to get resources. Find out if your organization has a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and if it currently aligns with the guidance being issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Become familiar with the plan and how volunteers are engaged throughout this plan. If volunteers are not included, find and why and advocate for their inclusion where appropriate. Following [...]

March 17th, 2020|

TMC Healthcare leaders in volunteerism and community building

With the 2020 SAVMA Awards behind us we cannot stop talking about the inspirational stories of our volunteer honorees. Julia Strange, TMC Healthcare's Vice President of Community Benefit welcomed guests as our presenting sponsor. She noted how many of the organizations which have partnered with TMC were present in the room, speaking to the depth of the volunteer leadership in our community. She thanked the wonderful volunteers and their volunteer managers. SAVMA is grateful to TMC and Julia Strange for the underwriting support of the 2020 Awards and the upcoming SAVMA Fair on April 23rd at Reid Park Zoo.

February 18th, 2020|

SAVMA Awards Sponsor Hughes Federal Credit Union will see you on 1/16!

Hughes Federal Credit Union will be in attendance as a Bronze Sponsor at the SAVMA Awards 2020 on January 16, 2020. Registration opens at 8AM with an 8:30AM program start time. Hughes Federal Credit Union believes in giving back to the community they serve. Every year, Hughes looks to help numerous local organizations that are just as dedicated to improving the overall well-being of their community as they are with financial support, giveaway items, adult and youth financial education, volunteerism, and much more.

January 10th, 2020|

Raise the Bar Consulting not just a repeat sponsor!

Raise the Bar Consulting is not only a SAVMA Awards 2020 Bronze Sponsor but a SAVMA member and its principal, Jennifer Tersigni is annual program presenter as well. Raise the Bar Consulting, specializes in comprehensive fundraising, organizational development and interim executive solutions. The proud holder of an unanticipated 20-year fundraising career, Jennifer has helped 80 clients reach their goals, served as an interim executive eight times, and raised more than $85 million. Jennifer enjoys collaborating with leaders to transform organizations, develop new initiatives, build sustainable funding, and make a meaningful impact in the world. RTBC has worked with many types of organizations, including arts, education, disaster relief, human services, youth service, elder service, international organizations, justice and law enforcement, animal rights, faith-based organizations, LGBT initiatives, and environmental causes, as well as with entrepreneurs, small businesses and government agencies. They are proud to support the SAVMA Awards 2020 and look forward [...]

January 9th, 2020|

Reid Park Zoological Society a member, sponsor and a winner all around!

We are excited to thank and celebrate the Reid Park Zoological Society as an event sponsor, a SAVMA member and as our event venue for the SAVMA Fair 2020 for volunteer recruitment and recognition.  In addition at the event itself on January 16, 2020 at the SAVMA Awards the Zoo Crew will be receiving the Youth award. We are looking forward to celebrating these amazing youth and the way they share their time and talents with the Zoo and community at large.  

January 9th, 2020|

Southwest Gas Corporation a winning combination SAVMA Awards 2020 sponsor and award winner!

Congratulations and gratitude are in order for our Corporate Volunteer Award winner, Southwest Gas Corporation. As sponsors for the SAVMA Awards 2020, they are supporting the professional development of volunteer managers throughout Southern Arizona and we are grateful. As award winners we are impressed with their own volunteer contributions. Thank you to Southwest Gas Corporation for sharing your time, talent and treasurer with SAVMA and the community at large!    

January 7th, 2020|

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona a Silver Sponsor bringing us a Golden Service

United Way strives to strengthen volunteerism and preserve the core American value of “neighbor helping neighbor.” They join the SAVMA Awards 2020 as a Silver Sponsor. In the fall of 2019, United Way introduced an easy way to find new volunteer opportunities with their new mobile app and online platform Golden! Golden makes it easy to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities in our community with just a few clicks or taps on a mobile device. They work with nonprofit partners across the community throughout the year to maintain a large and diverse mix of volunteer opportunities so anyone can find their perfect fit. Visit volunteer.unitedwaytucson.org to start searching! United Way we thank you for your dedication to our volunteers and to those who serve them!

January 6th, 2020|

SAVMA Awards 2020 Arizona Complete Health a noted sponsor!

Improving the health of the community one person at a time is the mission of Arizona Complete Health (AzCH).  has developed a Community Reinvestment Program. Did you know that volunteerism improves the health and well-being of our communities? AzCH did, and that is why they are Gold Sponsors for the SAVMA Awards 2020! Thank you to Arizona Complete Health for your commitment to volunteerism and those who support them! In an August 2018 article of the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled, “Volunteerism and US Civil Society”, Susan Dreyfus notes “Studies have also long touted the mental health benefits—including feeling more socially connected, warding off loneliness and depression, and lending a greater sense of purpose to life—for those who contribute their time, and more recent studies have begun to examine the physical health benefits of volunteering. New research from Carnegie Mellon University, for example, notes: “Older adults who volunteer for at [...]

January 5th, 2020|

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona sparkles as a Gold Sponsor!

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona creates a stronger community by connecting donors to causes they care about. The impact of the Community Foundation is a collective one, with funds being held by individuals, families, and businesses with unique interests, ideas, and passions to make our region a better place. Like Southern Arizona itself, their funds and leadership are diverse, with their collective work touching every aspect of daily life, including animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services, and so much more. We are delighted that the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona values volunteerism in our communities and has joined us as a Gold Sponsor to further support the professional volunteer management sector in our region.  On January 16, 2020 CFSA will join hundreds of Southern Arizonans to celebrate the most dedicated amongst us. Thank you for supporting our volunteers!

January 4th, 2020|

Gold sponsor Tucson Electric Power has a culture of volunteerism

Volunteer service forms the heart of our corporate culture. TEP’s 1,500 employees play a direct role in strengthening their communities by donating thousands of volunteer hours to local charities each year. TEP’s Community Action Team (CAT) volunteers lead nearly 90 community events, drives or causes each year. Since their CAT program began in 1993, TEP volunteers have contributed more than 750,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes. At least one-third of their employees actively volunteer through CAT events or on their own. Their efforts ensure food pantries are restocked; provide clothing, school supplies and health care for foster children; raise money to combat diseases; and give individuals facing hardships an opportunity to rebuild their lives. In addition to organizing and funding volunteer activities, TEP also offers grants to support employees who volunteer for youth organizations such as 4H, sports teams, music and special interest clubs or camps. TEP received the SAVMA [...]

January 4th, 2020|

SAVMA Awards 2020 Keynote Sponsor Tucson Foundations brings Dana Litwin to Tucson 1/16!

Tucson Foundations is proud to provide underwriting support to bring to Tucson an expert in the profession of volunteerism, the former President of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). Dana Litwin is a transformational coach, strategic advisor, and public speaker with a background in team building, environmental conservation and sustainability. Since 2002, Dana has guided organizations in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and nationwide to produce breakthrough volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as board and advisory committee development. Drawing upon 20+ years in improv theater, Dana delivers innovative, humorous and engaging keynote addresses and seminars, in addition to customized training, educational materials and multi-media presentations. SAVMA is excited to have Dana Litman join us in 2020 not only as our Keynote speaker, but she will also offer a workshop on How to Inspire, Fire, or Move Challenging Volunteers immediately following the recognition event, a separate ticket [...]

January 4th, 2020|

TMC Healthcare SAVMA Awards 2020 Presenting Sponsor will see you there

SAVMA Awards 2020 Presenting Sponsor TMC Healthcare will be up front and center on January 16, 2020 at the Tucson Convention Center celebrating our 2020 Awardees! Program Volunteer of the Year – Steve Johnson (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Corporate Volunteerism Award – Southwest Gas Corporation Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year – Interfaith Community Services Youth Volunteer Group of the Year - Zoo Crew (Reid Park Zoo) Board Member of the Year – Scott Summerford (Interfaith Community Services) Volunteer Administrator of the Year – Gina Hansen (Habitat for Humanity) Program Details: 8:00 AM Registration 8:30 AM - 10:00 Program 10:30 - 12:00 Keynote Workshop *** New addition this year (requires a separate ticket) Tickets are still available at: https://www.savma.org/programs-and-events/events/#!event/2020/1/16/savma-awards-2020 SAVMA Awards are in their second year because volunteers are ESSENTIAL to the well-being of our community and it serves to recognize the extraordinary volunteerism of individuals, youth, and corporate volunteerism [...]

December 18th, 2019|

SAVMA Nominations Open July 1, 2019- August 16, 2019 at 5PM

SAVMA Nominations Open July 1, 2019- August 16, 2019 at 5PM Deadline is Absolute! MEDIA ALERT SAVMA Awards 2020 Volunteer Awards Breakfast January 16, 2020 8:00 am Tucson Convention Center Ballroom   Thousands of volunteers weekly share their skills, time and enthusiasm to hundreds of nonprofits, schools, churches and governments across Southern Arizona. Publicly celebrating and thanking them and recognizing the work they do to make our communities happier and healthier is a win-win for all. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your agency’s good work and the volunteers who make it happen! PLEASE take a few moments to nominate for one or all six of the award categories. https://www.savma.org/2020awardcriteria/ Nominations will be accepted for nominees in any of these Southern Arizona counties: Pima, Santa Cruz, Graham, Greenlee, or Cochise County. Six major awards will be presented to individuals, organizations and/or groups whose volunteerism improve the quality of life in [...]

June 30th, 2019|

SAVMA Awards 2019, an inaugural Event a Smashing Success!

SAVMA Awards 2019, an inaugural Event a Smashing Success! On January 17, 2019, we successfully welcomed more than 50 unique nonprofit organizations to the celebrate volunteerism in Southern Arizona! We acknowledged nearly 400 registrants and 28 sponsors at our inaugural event. We received very positive feedback from attendees and are looking to 2020 to recreate the magic of the celebration at the SAVMA Awards on January 16, 2020. Highlights include: 320 attendees, 20 honorees and 5 major awardees (with over 50 nominations submitted)! We didn't just celebrate our volunteers, we celebrated our Volunteer Administrators! Keynote Speaker, Vicki Clark, spoke about her early career as a Volunteer Administrator, when she was learned the ropes and was the "most inspired." She also was met with a room full of applause when she noted that "Independent Sector released the 2018 value of volunteer time of $25.43. That's their assessment of the value [...]

March 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Registration is Open- ALIVE Hybrid Conference 10/24/2017

SPACE IS LIMITED Register Now!!!!! Hosted by Dana Cory Litwin, CVA Session Topics & Speakers: Barbara Harrington, Sponsorships Plus : Overcoming the Challenges in Change Carol Dixon, Providence Health Care:  Navigating Organizational Change Andy Fryar, OzVPM: Change in Your Professional Career Erin Spink:  The Pending Changes in Society This hybrid conference will be hosted by SAVMA locally while live streaming the presenters. SAVMA Member, Sven Olson of Agape Hospice will facilitate local engagement and will give his famous presentation on Self Care for Mortals. AL!VE will be coordinating the speakers, handouts and content. Register Now!!!!!  

August 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

February 16th- Grow Your Volunteer Funding: Securing Grants to Help Your Cause

Join us for our engaging February program on growing your volunteer funding with grants.  In today’s ever-competitive funding environment, nonprofits often seek grants to grow their revenue. Grants are just one of many ways to grow the funding you seek to support your mission. In this special workshop, tailored to volunteer program needs, we’ll talk about the way grant funding fits into your overall revenue plan, explore savvy ways to prospect for new funders, and discuss ways to position your volunteer activities to best justify your grant requests. We’ll break into small groups and have plenty of time for Q&A.

February 10th, 2017|

Reimagining the Future of Volunteer Engagement

AL!VE: Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement ***Reimagining the Future of Volunteer Engagement*** Webinar on Sept 13, sign up at SAVMA.org SAVMA has been selected to participate, you don't want to miss this excellent presentation, click here for more information and to see who else is participating from all over the USA http://www.volunteeralive.org/alve_better_impact_hybrid_c.php

August 24th, 2016|

SAVMA PRESENTS: 1st Annual “Volunteer Tucson” Showcase.

Reach out to individuals, students, and families from ages 5-95 about your volunteer and internship needs on Thursday, Sept 29, 2016 from 5-8pm. Applications submitted by Thursday, September 1st will have organization name featured on the event flyer. Consider this your SAVE THE DATE: Event Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 Time: 5pm-8pm Location: Trail Dust Town 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd 85715 This year’s event will feature games, Trail Dust Town attractions, restaurants, local entertainment provided by the “Jovert” Steel Drum Band and DJ Dre with Haymore Productions and of course local nonprofits and community partners. For more information or to receive the application: Contact: Gina Hansen 520.904.401 or savmatucson@gmail.com Juliet Yardy 520.808.4023 or jyardy@bgctucson.org

August 17th, 2016|

Exciting professional development opportunities for volunteer managers right here in Tucson!

Exciting professional development opportunities for volunteer managers right here in Tucson!   SAVMA has been chosen to become a host for a 1 day online conference for the Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) the only national membership organization for those who manage volunteers. Register HERE There will be Four 90 minute presentations from dynamic, knowledgeable, and engaging trainers that will be live streamed to our group. Our Presenters: Rob Jackson – Rob  Jackson Consulting Limited – www.robjacksonconsulting.com How to Develop as a Volunteer Manager                What do you want from a career in working with volunteers? Do you even see volunteer management as a career or just a step towards something else? How can you take control of your professional development? Drawing on his own personal career journey, Rob will help you focus on how you can develop as a volunteer manager and what options are available to you to [...]

August 17th, 2016|Tags: |

Sign up by Sept 5th, Limited space

Exciting opportunity for all Southern AZ Volunteer Managers/Coordinators. SAVMA has been chosen to head up a one-day seminar for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). Please join us for this exciting opportunity to learn from industry leaders in volunteer management.  Four great presenters!! Click here for more details and to sign up, space is limited so do not delay. RSVP by Sept 5, 2016  See the link below to read more and sign up! http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savma-presents-1-day-video-conference-tickets-26978870528?utm_term=eventurl_text

August 17th, 2016|

Save the Dates 2016

Calendar of Events save the dates 2016 Save the dates 2016 because we have a year full of programs, events, and activities you will not want to miss. SAVMA is bringing its best. National Volunteer Appreciation Week April, 10th-April 16, 2016 Effective Communication Wednesday, April 20, 2016 How not to take your interactions with other personally Six Secrets of High Impact Presenting Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Learn how to create and deliver high impact presentations/training's Round Table Discussion Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Strengthening & Re-energizing your volunteer program. (How too's, tools, templates, examples) SAVMA Happy Hour Wednesday, July 20th TBD SAVMA Holiday Luncheon Wednesday, December 21, 2016  11:30am-1:00pm Don't forget to RSVP on the Event Registration Page!

March 8th, 2016|