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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: |
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New study finds benefits to volunteering in late life

Volunteering in late life may protect the brain against cognitive decline and dementia This article was written by Lisa Howard and originally posted on UC Davis Health Key Takeaways: Volunteering in late life may protect the brain against cognitive decline and dementia. New study of older adults found better memory and executive function among those who volunteered. (Sacramento) Volunteering in late life is associated with better cognitive function — specifically, better executive function and episodic memory. Those are the findings of a new study from UC Davis Health presented today (July 20) at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2023 in Amsterdam. “We hope these new data encourage individuals of all ages and backgrounds to engage in local volunteering — not only to benefit their communities, but potentially their own cognitive and brain health,” said Donna McCullough, Alzheimer’s Association chief mission and field operations officer. Senior volunteers stay active at the UC Davis Arboretum Nursery in Davis, [...]

July 30th, 2023|

What’s the Deal with Volunteer Engagement Surveys?

Volunteer engagement surveys are conducted to solicit key information from volunteers on a variety of topics, including values, engagement, diversity and inclusion, leadership and management, colleagues, communication, work environment and culture. What’s the purpose of volunteer engagement surveys? Volunteer engagement surveys allow organizations to use input from volunteers to review and improve their programs. Insights from volunteers are incredibly useful in determining areas that are working well or need improvement. Additionally, a survey can help organizations understand how to grow their volunteer base and increase volunteer satisfaction. In short, a strategic volunteer engagement survey provides organizations with an insider perspective on how they are meeting their organizational goals—and can help guide decision making for a stronger future. What are the benefits? Volunteer engagement surveys provide data with relevance to several key areas, including: Volunteer recruitment and retention: Understand levels of volunteer engagement and the key factors that drive this. Volunteer [...]

June 13th, 2022|

Resources from the Pima County Library

Typically, when we think of the library we think of books. But the library offers a wealth of resources both in-person and online that are always free to use, from events to learning tools to help with pretty much anything. While these include fun pastimes like streaming services, the seed library, and one-on-one writing consultations with Writer In Residence Wynne Brown, the library offers a variety of professional resources as well.  Resources include:  1. Ignite: Business & Nonprofits | Pima County Public Library Ignite is a hub for services for businesses and nonprofits. The website can connect you to resources including grant and foundation databases, free online grantseeker training, sample proposals, fundraising info, nonprofit management skill-building, and more. Ignite also publishes monthly newsletters, one for business news and resources, and one for grant opportunities 2. Online Courses If your organization or volunteers are interested in expanding their skills, the library [...]

March 15th, 2022|
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Reframing Networking: Creating Intentional Relationships

Some people hear the word "networking" and cringe. Thoughts of meeting random people and forcing a connection can make anyone feel uncomfortable, but it doesn't have to be so nerve-wracking. Networking is more about asking for guidance and direction, and using these tips below, you can reshape your definition of networking and how to use it as a tool. What is networking? Every interaction is a networking opportunity when you think about it. You may meet someone at the store who can fix a broken window later down the road. You can also meet professionals who can help you secure a new job. However, the best way to network is to create an intentional connection with a person, organization, or business where both parties benefit. Don't just look for a way to get ahead, as networking to get ahead will just put you further behind.   Tips to Consider for Networking [...]

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: , |

Tips for Meaningful Volunteer Appreciation 

  On Thursday, February 18, 2021, volunteer managers gathered together for a roundtable discussion on volunteer appreciation. As we approach volunteer appreciation week, here are the top tips on creating a meaningful thank you experience for your volunteers. Trinket/giveaway Ideas It’s very easy to rely on trinkets or small gifts as tokens of appreciation. Get creative and look offering for experiences by partnering with local organizations. A ticket swap allows volunteers to create memories while opening the door to future partnerships. Creating experiences is not always be feasible, especially in the time of COVID-19, so look for items to give away that have meaning. At the Reid Park Zoo, volunteers receive lapel pins in the shape of different animals to recognize their hours of service. Other items to consider are things that can be used while volunteering --branded hats, jackets, sun sleeves, etc. Event Ideas When [...]

March 12th, 2021|Tags: |

Random Acts of Kindness Week

The following post is written by Sierra Horsey, a SAVMA Member and new member of the SAVMA Communications Committee. Sierra is the Volunteer Program Coordinator at Reid Park Zoo.  _____ Random Act of Kindness Week It’s no secret that 2020 was a year filled with unprecedented events and challenges. These challenges caused feelings of fear, anxiety, stress, and loneliness. As a volunteer manager, it’s easy to feel a sense of hopelessness when it comes to managing volunteers during a time of crisis. Many facilities have stopped volunteer activities all together or are only offering extremely limited opportunities.   The pandemic necessitated a near six month closure of Reid Park Zoo. All non-essential staff worked from home and volunteer programs were suspended. When the Zoo reopened, volunteer opportunities were greatly reduced to limit the number of people in the Zoo. In 2021 (seven months after the Zoo reopened), about one third of Zoo [...]

February 16th, 2021|

Ask a Volunteer Manager: Jessica O’Donnell

Q&A with Jessica Jessica O'Donnell is the Volunteer Coordinator at Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. She was born and raised in a small town outside of Yuma Arizona called Wellton and graduated from NAU with a dual degree in Public Relations and Photography. Jessica O'Donnell     Ask a Volunteer Manager Series To be featured in this series, email SavmaTucson@gmail.com with your request. We would love to hear from you! How did you get started in this field? I have always had a passion for nonprofit work and volunteering. When I graduate from NAU I had several non profit jobs in different areas (such as communication, outreach, program and development.) When I moved to Tucson I got my first volunteer coordinator position and the pieces fell into place. I find joy in helping volunteers find their perfect [...]

December 2nd, 2020|

Fall 2020 Virtual Volunteer Fair

The Southern Arizona Virtual Volunteer Fair SAVMA partnered with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and the Green Valley/Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse to bring you the Southern Arizona Virtual Volunteer Fair! Eleven organizations had the chance to create short videos that showed the various volunteer opportunities that are safely available. To learn more, watch the video and visit: https://www.unitedwaytucson.org/virtual_volunteer_fair

November 6th, 2020|

Ask a Volunteer Manager: Graciela Jauregui

Q&A with Graciela Graciela Jauregui is the Volunteer Program Coordinator at Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse. She has been in the field for nearly two years. Originally from Yuma, Arizona, Graciela moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona between 2008 and 2017 and earned four different degrees. Graciela Jauregui, Volunteer Program Coordinator at Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse Graciela's dog is named Mr. Fluffs. Ask a Volunteer Manager Series To be featured in this series, email SavmaTucson@gmail.com with your request. We would love to hear from you! How did you get started in this field? I never thought about being a Volunteer Coordinator, it just kind of happened. After finishing school, I was looking for jobs in the nonprofit and public health sector and was introduced to Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse by a friend of mine. [...]

October 16th, 2020|

Board service…the next level of commitment to volunteerism!

Open Nominations Are Underway! Every person is right for leadership, every voice deserves to be heard and SAVMA Board of Directors is that Leadership Table. In less than 10 hours a month you can play a critical role in your own professional development and those of your peers. You can lead the way. Many hands make light work and with SAVMA in growth mode we need all hands on deck to meet our ambitious goals. Step forward by emailing SAVMATucson@gmail.com to self nominate. Officers President Presides at and leads general membership and board meetings Aids committee members in generating new ideas or finding solutions for challenges Serves as ex-officio on all committees President- Elect Presides in the absence of the President Provides succession planning support Serves as ex-officio on all committees as needed Secretary Creates, authenticates, and preserves minutes and other corporate documentation. Manages and certifies the validity of proxies [...]

October 5th, 2020|

Ask a Volunteer Manager – Stacy Oliver

Ask a Volunteer Manager: September Spotlight Stacy Oliver is the Volunteer Services Manager for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Describe a memorable moment with volunteers. When the pandemic started in March, we didn’t have volunteers with us for several months because the National Guard stepped in, and we wanted to make sure volunteers were safe until we could put some more precautions in place and figure out how we were going to distribute food to our community safely and in the summer heat. When Guard support was altered suddenly, we NEEDED volunteers to continue providing support to families who were hungry, and had to scramble fast (which doesn’t always feel good!). I reached out to long-term volunteers who I thought might want to come help, and EVERY phone call I made was to a person who was genuinely thrilled to hear from me [...]

September 22nd, 2020|

Recap on Brainstorm Chat for Virtual Volunteering

We appreciated our community of Volunteer Managers participating in a special Brainstorm Chat around virtual volunteering on August 5th. Fellow Volunteer Managers had a few great ideas to share with you about how to safely continue your work with volunteers. See the recap below! Many organizations have paid staff working and meeting remotely right now. Organizations have also expressed a need to create virtual volunteer opportunities, as in-person possibilities shift. Opportunities for people to volunteer from home Sew items like masks Virtual mentoring or tutoring, either one-on-one or in small groups Make cards for clients. One organization posted this need on VolunteerMatch and received cards from volunteers in Hawaii! Reid Park Zoo has volunteers virtually monitor web cameras of the animals NAMI sponsors virtual family support groups, school groups, and texting with students Socially distanced volunteer opportunities Volunteer drivers bringing clients to appointments while clients wear masks in the back [...]

August 13th, 2020|

Exciting Changes for SAVMA in 2020!

Like many organizations, the board members of the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association began asking big questions about how to move forward once COVID-19 changed the nature of our work. Here is a look at a few changes that we have made that will be in effect through the end of the year. Virtual Programming to Continue We work hard to ensure that we provide our members with quality professional development workshops and programs each month. Starting in April, we began offering our programs virtually to members and guests and will continue to offer virtual programming throughout the rest of the year. We were pleased to see that more people could take advantage of virtual offerings as driving time was no longer a barrier and hope that more people can continue to benefit from our monthly programs. The SAVMA Awards 2021 Sadly, due to the uncertainty surrounding health and safety [...]

July 2nd, 2020|

#BlackOutTuesday & #TheShowMustBePaused (June 2, 2020)

#BlackOutTuesday & #TheShowMustBePaused (June 2, 2020)   The music and performing arts industries asked that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices take center stage online on June 2, 2020.  An additional note of support was provided from organizers to ask that if you are muting yourself, please do not use #BlackLivesMatter as it defeats the purpose. We have several performing arts organizations that are SAVMA members as well as individual members wishing to understand how to support their volunteers or become better allies. We offer the above guidance from the organizers.      

June 2nd, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Cindy Robertson

Community Service Recognition: Cindy Robertson 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! Cindy Robertson: Founder of HeArt Works "Cindy volunteers each week at the Boys & Girls Club to teach youth about art and self-expression. What started as an hour a week has now turned into 10-20 hours volunteering with our youth. The young people love “Miss Cindy” and turn to her for advice, support and love. She knows them each by name and they trust her. “Many things change in these kids’ lives, but the constant of having ‘Miss Cindy’ [...]

May 29th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Howard Stewart

Community Service Recognition: Howard Stewart 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! Howard Stewart: CEO, AGM Container Controls "Howard has been serving as the Tocqueville Society Chair for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Campaign Cabinet since 2015. He is a member of the Board of Directors, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona through 2021. He has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Tucson Metro Chamber, as well as a member of the President's Council for San Miguel High School. Howard was [...]

May 29th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Nichole Burke

Community Service Recognition: Nichole Burke 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! Nichole Burke: Troop 210 Leader, Area Team Manager Southwest Area "Thank you for your commitment to building girls of courage, confidence, and character! At Girl Scouts, our mission is driven by the dedicated volunteers who put a generous amount of time, effort and love into Girl Scouting in our community. It is our honor and privilege to recognize Nichole Burke for all that she has done, and continues to do, for our organization. It is because of volunteers like [...]

May 27th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Judy Dare

Community Service Recognition: Judy Dare 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! Judy Dare: Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity "Judy Dare has been volunteering with Habitat Tucson for the past 20 years, and has worked behind the scenes in every imaginable way. Working retail at the HabiStore. Hammering away on the build site. Supporting staff at the office. Serving on the Habitat Board. But partnering with families—walking them through sweat equity, financial classwork, and mortgage payments—was hands-down her favorite part. To this day, she's still good friends with a family she [...]

May 23rd, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Jack McDuff

Community Service Recognition: Jack McDuff 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! Jack McDuff: Volunteer Extraordinaire at the YMCA "At 93, Jack McDuff is still full of vigor and energy. His late wife, Eileen once said of Jack, “He’s proactive. He’s dynamic. He’s a ‘can do’ kind of guy.” She said his attitude and spirit are fueled by his “warm heart and compassion for others.” That leadership and nonstop effort typifies Jack as he lets most anyone he meets know that supporting the mission of the YMCA is critical to our [...]

May 21st, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Dana Smith

Community Service Recognition: Dana Smith 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!   Dana Smith: Women's Empowerment Lead Volunteer Dana is the lead volunteer with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) in the Refugee Women’s Empowerment Program. Weekly, for over a year, she has planned and led free sewing classes for refugee women in Tucson, AZ. Through these classes, she teaches them valuable skills, and works on building community and confidence for women who have lived through unspeakable traumas. Although they do not speak the same languages, she communicates through [...]

May 18th, 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: Shari Murphy

Community Service Recognition: Shari Murphy 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! Shari Murphy: Warehouse Volunteer at the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona "Shari Murphy is a volunteer extraordinaire. She has been a volunteer for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona for over a year, and regularly volunteers at other organizations such as WomanKraft, TIHAN and Valley of the Moon, to name a few. You may have seen her bopping around town in her famous purple VW bug. She always comes to the Diaper Bank with a smile on her face [...]

May 13th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Maureen McCarthy

Community Service Recognition: Maureen McCarthy 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! Maureen McCarthy: Advisory Board Member and Past Chair of Green Valley Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse "Maureen McCarthy, CVA, just retired after 13 years as Senior Recreation Supervisor at Green Valley Recreation where she managed over 2,000 volunteers. She still manages their volunteer program as an independent contractor. She has presented workshops at the Arizona Parks and Recreation conference, Volunteer Administrators’ Academy at the Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Service Learning and at SAVMA. Maureen has a history of over thirty [...]

May 12th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Michelle Carnes

Community Service Recognition: Michelle Carnes 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! Michelle Carnes: Board Chairperson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona "Michelle Carnes has been a dedicated supporter and volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona for decades. As a former Big Sister Michelle mentored her Little Sister Crystal through her formative years, encouraging Crystal's creative talents while planning fun and educational outings. After 25 years their relationship is still strong, remaining family and friends who share everything from motherhood to being business owners. Michelle's compassion and [...]

May 4th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Lois Weimuth

Community Service Recognition: Lois Weimuth 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!   Lois Weimuth: Shelter Volunteer "Lois has volunteered with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for 16+ years. She is one of the most amazing volunteers we have. Everyday when she comes in, often she is the first person here, she assesses what needs to be done and how she can help meet those needs. Lois is a doer. She spends her time walking dogs, mentoring other volunteers, working with difficult dogs (5 to 10 per day) following their [...]

May 4th, 2020|

2020 Census Digital Action Weekend: May 1-3 SAVMA Shout Out!

Last year at this time, SAVMA hosted the Census at a monthly program. This weekend marks the launch of 2020 Census Digital Action Weekend: May 1-3 and we have reached an important milestone in the 2020 Census: More than half of the households in our nation have responded – that’s nearly 80 million responses! As we recognize this achievement, we thank you for your support and ongoing effort to Get Out the Count, as well as your continued outreach to encourage self-response, especially among the hardest-to-count populations. We thank our partners, the public, and everyone who has helped to shape the success of the 2020 Census. We aim to count everyone accurately while we support efforts to protect the health and safety of the American public and the Census Bureau team. Current times are unprecedented, but they also present an opportunity to reach families digitally across the nation and work [...]

April 30th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Jon and Rosemary Beck

Community Service Recognition: Jon and Rosemary Beck 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! Jon and Rosemary Beck: Resource Volunteers "People often share that they feel something extraordinary when they walk into Literacy Connects. They describe feelings of joy, inclusivity, and love of learning. What they don't realize is that our space is not extraordinary; our volunteers are. Since 2016, Jon and Rosemary have shared close to 900 hours of their skilled time with Literacy Connects. What makes this husband and wife duo so extraordinary is their willingness to say ""YES."" [...]

April 29th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Chris & Jeff Goldberg

Community Service Recognition: Chris & Jeff Goldberg 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! Chris & Jeff Goldberg: Champion Volunteers at Easterseals Blake Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Goldberg devote most of their time to volunteering throughout our community. We feel honored to have them on our team. They spend a lot of time at Aviva Children's Services, our foster care programs, sorting through huge amounts of donations so we can provide children in foster care with much needed clothing, backpacks, school supplies, shoes, coats, and much more. When needed, they are [...]

April 29th, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Edward (Jim) Nicewander

Community Service Recognition: Edward (Jim) Nicewander 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! Edward (Jim) Nicewander: Transportation and Transportation Scheduler for Interfaith Community Services Edward (Jim) Nicewander is a dedicated transportation volunteer for many isolated seniors that rely on Interfaith Community Services for essential rides to medical and other life-needs appointments. Jim’s dedication and compassion is evident in his commitment to help meet the transportation needs of ICS recipients. Jim not only drives hundreds of miles a year on a regular basis, but also responds to last minute driving needs that [...]

April 23rd, 2020|

Community Service Recognition: Linda Koral

Community Service Recognition: Linda Koral 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! Linda Koral: President, CASA Support Council of Pima County Inc. "Linda was elected as a board member on the CASA Support Council for Pima County, Inc. in 2010, after being a CASA in Pima County for 5 years. As a CASA she became aware that foster children are generally behind in their educational progress, primarily lacking fundamental skills in Reading and Math. Many have missed a lot of school, due to factors beyond their control. The initial goal for [...]

April 23rd, 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: 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|

How are we responding locally to COVID-19 and what are our needs?

SAVMA wants to support and learn from our community's Volunteer Engagement professionals..... In an effort to do this, we have created a short 12 question survey with a focus on what your organization and volunteer program is experiencing during this time of uncertainty. We hope to not only hear your feedback and voice, but also find out what we can do the same or differently in the future for our programs IF a similar situation arises. We plan to share the findings of this survey with all of our members on Monday, March 30th.  Thank you so much for the work you are doing to support your communities work which can be even more challenging in these uncertain times. We know there is an overwhelming amount of COVID-19 information out there, but we'd like to be specific to our community; we are stronger together, and we appreciate your willingness to [...]

March 23rd, 2020|

Sociology Interns and Internship Best Practices Program Announcement

Announcement: The University of Arizona is hosting an event called "Internship Best Practices" on March 17th for organizations interested in learning more about building their internship programs for university students. Visit the following website to register: https://www.mpace.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1337112&group= ****** As Volunteer Managers, you likely understand the needs of your organization and how involving university students in your organization’s mission could make a positive impact. This semester, I joined the University of Arizona as the Internship Coordinator for the School of Sociology and so far, I have enjoyed learning about how students’ skills are being utilized in positive ways. While I have spoken to many at SAVMA about the new role and how the program works, I wanted to share this information with the rest of SAVMA. The University of Arizona’s School of Sociology Internship Program provides opportunities for juniors and seniors to gain real-world experience in their fields while supporting organizations [...]

March 4th, 2020|

SAVMA Awards 2020- the photos are here!

Thank you to photographer, Michael Kloth the photos are in! If you a looking for additional photos from the event, perhaps they were shot by an amazing volunteer. Those can be found on our Facebook Page in the event album.

February 18th, 2020|

February Program (2/20): Get to Know Golden: A Better Volunteer Matching Platform for Tucson

The Volunteer Center at United Way has provided an online volunteer matching platform since it adopted the work for the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona nearly 10 years ago. We are transitioning a more user-friendly, app-based platform and are excited to share the product and demo the opportunity creation process for volunteer managers. Learning Objectives:  Attendees will learn the primary features of the Golden Volunteer App and how to create and promote opportunities to volunteer with their organization. Attendees will also learn how to walk volunteers through the process of downloading the app, signing up for volunteer opportunities, and checking in to their selected opportunities to track their hours. Presenter: Ken Briggs, Associate Vice President, Community Development at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Ken Briggs has been a teacher, teacher trainer, assistant professor and college administrator, nonprofit executive director and regional director, and now oversees financial wellness initiatives [...]

February 13th, 2020|

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

One of the largest volunteer engaging organizations in Southern Arizona is the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Their mission is to change lives in the communities they serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow. Thank you to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona for your dedication in integrating volunteers in all areas of your mission. Thank you for sponsoring the SAVMA Awards 2020. Your support of volunteers and those that support them is helping us build a stronger community!

January 8th, 2020|

Southern Arizona’s top volunteers to be honored at awards breakfast (Arizona Daily Star)

Southern Arizona's top volunteers to be honored at awards breakfast (Arizona Daily Star) By Loni Nannini Special to the Arizona Daily Star  Jan 7, 2020 If your vision for 2020 includes volunteerism, the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association offers the perfect opportunity to kick-start your New Year’s resolution. The organization is hosting the 2020 SAVMA Awards and Workshop at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Celebrations about the impact of volunteers — along with inspiration and motivation for those who work with volunteers and those considering donating time and talent — are front and center at the event, said event chair Jessica Dennes. Read More

January 7th, 2020|

Southern Arizona’s top volunteers to be honored at awards breakfast (reposted from Arizona Daily Star)

Southern Arizona's top volunteers to be honored at awards breakfast https://tucson.com/news/local/southern-arizona-s-top-volunteers-to-be-honored-at-awards/article_c939f578-88b9-555b-80b8-5d9013154e8e.html By Loni Nannini Special to the Arizona Daily Star Jan 7, 2020 The Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association Youth Volunteer Group of the Year Winner is the Zoo Crew from the Reid Park Zoo. If your vision for 2020 includes volunteerism, the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association offers the perfect opportunity to kick-start your New Year’s resolution. The organization is hosting the 2020 SAVMA Awards and Workshop at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Celebrations about the impact of volunteers — along with inspiration and motivation for those who work with volunteers and those considering donating time and talent — are front and center at the event, said event chair Jessica Dennes. “Without volunteers, there are so many services within our community that wouldn’t get done, whether it is sorting food [...]

January 7th, 2020|

AZ Lotus Corp. your media sponsor for SAVMA Awards 2020!

We were downright joyous when AZ Lotus joined SAVMA Awards 2020 as our media sponsor. We want to thank Arizona Lotus Corp. for their support of those that give their time and talent to our community and to those that support them.   AZ Lotus Corp with radio stations, KLPX, KFMA, KMXZ, KFFN, KCMT and KTKT  is proud to serve the Tucson community through support of non-profit organizations like SAVMA.  We enjoy creating strong, supportive community partnerships with our community partners.  AZ Lotus always  welcomes, with open doors to all non-profit organizations in the Tucson and Southern Arizona areas.

January 7th, 2020|

Job Posting for Volunteer and Events Manager (Member Benefit)

This post is viewable to active members only please log in to see content. [memberonly] The original content of this post can be found on the SARSEF website. Job Title: Volunteer and Events Manager Reports To: COO Status: Full Time, Exempt Job Summary With SARSEF, every Arizona student has the potential to be a scientist or engineer solving problems big and small. We create opportunity for students to think critically and solve problems through science and engineering, but we couldn’t do it without our signature events or the volunteers who make it possible. As SARSEF’s Volunteer and Events Manager, you will plan, run day-of operations for, and evaluate our major events as well as build, grow and manage the more robust volunteer program we need in order to keep up with the growth of our organization. In both the event and volunteer aspects of the role, you will lead well-established projects and build new [...]

January 5th, 2020|

SAVMA event recognizes outstanding volunteers (Inside Tucson Business)

SAVMA event recognizes outstanding volunteers Tori Carlson, Special to Inside Tucson Business | Dec 20, 2019 Southern Arizona is home to thousands of warm-hearted talented people, passionate to help the community without a request for anything in return. Volunteers that help others are integral to our community and to organizations that rely on their assistance, dedication and input. According to the 2018 “Volunteering in America” report, one in three adults volunteered through an organization. Their help included fundraising, food donations and meal preparation, transportation and labor support, tutoring/teaching/mentoring and lending professional and management expertise. Read More

December 20th, 2019|

Press Release: Interfaith Community Services wins top volunteer awards

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Dennes, SAVMATucson@gmail.com  For more information: icstucson.org, savma.org Interfaith Community Services wins top volunteer awards Tucson, Nov. 4— Interfaith Community Services is Southern Arizona’s Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year and one of its board members also earned top honors from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association. ICS — which aims to help people in need achieve stable, healthy and independent lives — and longtime volunteer Scott Summerford will be honored Jan. 16 at the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association Awards, which recognize all levels of volunteerism including individuals, nonprofits and corporations. “Winning these awards for ICS is just an honor,” said Chief Executive Office Tom McKinney. “They come to us because of the work of so many different volunteers throughout our community that serve those that are in the most need. It really just reaffirms how people can come together and actually serve those that [...]

December 10th, 2019|

NCAVA is Offering a $70: Basics in Volunteer Management course online!

The North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration (NCAVA) is pleased to offer the Basics in Volunteer Management course online. The course will cover volunteer recruitment, retention, risk management, recognition, etc. Jan. 14 – Mar. 17, 2020 (10 weeks). REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE COMPLETED & RECEIVED BY JAN. 10, 2019.. PLEASE NOTE: if these dates are not convenient, agencies/organizations with approximately 8 or more students can request a customized online class. After enrollment, there is no set time to "log on" each day. You can access the course from any computer with Internet access. Graduates of the class will receive one Continuing Education credit from Southeastern Community College (Whiteville, NC), 12 hours toward NCAVA certification as a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina, as well as several completed components of the certification portfolio. The tuition cost of the course is $70, made payable to Southeastern Community College. A handbook is required [...]

December 7th, 2019|

Press Release: Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer wins top volunteer awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Dennes, savmatucson@gmail.com  For more information: pimacountycasa.org, savma.org Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer wins top volunteer award Tucson, Oct. 24— Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer, Steve Johnson, is being awarded the Southern Arizona Volunteer of the Year from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association. Steve Johnson, a CASA Volunteer and Peer Coordinator with the CASA of Pima County Program will be honored Jan. 16, 2020 at the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association Awards, which recognize all levels of volunteerism including individuals, nonprofits and corporations. According to Jill LaBrie, CASA Coordinator for Johnson, “All of our staff are very excited for Steve and believe he is well deserving of the recognition. Steve has shared that he does this because he, himself grew up in foster care, before CASA’s existence, and wants to pay it forward and give children in foster care what he didn’t have”. SAVMA [...]

December 3rd, 2019|

Press Release: Southwest Gas wins volunteer award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Dennes, savmatucson@gmail.com  For more information: swgas.com, savma.org Southwest Gas wins volunteer award Tucson, Oct. 21 — Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association awarded Southwest Gas Corporation with its Corporate Volunteerism Award. The company’s community outreach efforts will be honored Jan. 16 at the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association Awards, which recognize all levels of volunteerism including individuals, nonprofits and corporations. “We are so excited to have been nominated for the Corporate Volunteerism Award by the Diaper Bank this year and really pleased and proud just to even be nominated,” said Lorraine Morgan, public information officer for Southwest Gas. “It’s a big thrill for our employees.” The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona nominated Southwest for the award because of its dedicated efforts over the years to support the bank, which distributes more than 70,000 diapers a month and relies heavily on volunteers to bundle diapers for distribution. Most recently, [...]

November 25th, 2019|

Press Release: Reid Park Zoo’s ‘crew’ wins volunteer honor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Dennes, savmatucson@gmail.com  For more information: reidparkzoo.org, savma.org Reid Park Zoo’s ‘crew’ wins volunteer honor Tucson, Nov. 4 — Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association named Reid Park Zoo’s teen volunteer program its top Youth Volunteer Group of the Year. Known as the Zoo Crew, the teens work on zoo grounds and handle different duties, but their primary purpose is to help guests connect with wildlife and learn about the zoo while encouraging a commitment to conservation of biological diversity. “We are so excited to get this award from SAVMA,” said Sierra Horsey, Volunteer Program Coordinator of Reid Park Zoo. “Our teens have worked really hard. Last year they talked to over 30,000 people, and it’s so great to have them recognized for what they are doing in our community.” Reid Park Zoo’s Zoo Crew will be honored Jan. 16 at the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association Awards, which recognize [...]

November 22nd, 2019|

Press Release: Gina Hansen wins top volunteer administrator award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Dennes,  savmatucson@gmail.com For more information: Habitattucson.org, savma.org Gina Hansen wins top volunteer administrator award Tucson, Nov. 4— Volunteer Resources Manager, Gina Hansen, is being awarded the Volunteer Administrator of the Year award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association. Gina Hansen, the Volunteer Resource Manager for Habitat for Humanity Tucson will be honored Jan. 16, 2020 at the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association Awards, which recognize all levels of volunteerism including individuals, nonprofits and corporations. Gina has worked with volunteers for over 10 years. According to Patty Peth, a community volunteer who volunteered under Gina and nominated her for this award, “Gina’s commitment to volunteerism and engagement shines through in many ways. From recruiting, training, retention and recognition, Gina really cares for the volunteers she works alongside of and takes great pride in the success of her programs.” “It is an honor to share this [...]

November 19th, 2019|

Are You Ready to Work That Conversation With Molly McCormick on November 21st?

Join us for our monthly program from 3:30-5PM at Habitat for Humanity on November 21st.  Presentation: Work that Conversation! The Chemistry of Conversations "This talk introduces some tools of Conversational Intelligence®. So much of what we do and experience happens through conversations; from internal self-talk to external talk with family, work and friends. In this fun and interactive session, you will learn how to influence your conversations toward connection and trust. If you are wanting to build healthy, thriving relationships, teams and organizations, Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ) give us insight into how our brain responds during conversations, and how conversations activate our trust and distrust networks in our brain. Conversations either open us up or close us down. Learning about C-IQ gives us new conversational skills and insights about the hormones, Cortisol and Oxytocin which activate our ability in how we respond, interact and influence others. You will experience simple shifts [...]

November 1st, 2019|

Community Service Recognition submission is open now for SAVMA Awards 2020!

Those organizations committing to a Table Sponsorship or above, are eligible to submit a volunteer for Community Service Recognition at the upcoming breakfast on January 16, 2020. 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.   You will be asked to complete an online form which will be used to obtain information about your volunteer that will be used for the printed event program and to highlight their service on the scrolling event screens 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 information [...]

October 22nd, 2019|

Job Posting- Director of Development Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation

Description: Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona is seeking a Director of Development to lead the stewardship of corporate, foundation, public, and community donors. The candidate must be innovative and passionate about Candlelighters important mission – Candlelighters supports, serves and advocates for children and adolescents with cancer and other blood disorders, their families, long term survivors, bereaved families, and the professionals that care for them. The successful candidate will engage staff, board, volunteers and families to maximize funding for Candlelighters in order to continue its role serving local children with cancer (other hematological disorders) and their families. Responsibilities: Prioritize funding needs for the organization and develop a clear case for support; Development and execution of a sustainable, long term fundraising plan including: Installing a broad-based annual giving program to sustain and grow operations Maintaining a healthy pipeline of major gift prospects Ensure that the contributed revenues meet or exceed [...]

October 22nd, 2019|

No Meeting Today- October 17th See You 10/22

We will be skipping the October meeting so that we can focus on our October conference on the 22nd. When: October 22nd @ 9AM-4PM What: ‘The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond’ presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada).  Now in its fifth year, this year’s topic will explore how technology impacts our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures.  Our current streaming event will consist of four 20 minute presentations, followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience. Where: Habitat for Humanity Tucson (3501 N Mountain Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719)   In addition do not forget to check out our other upcoming events and programs!

October 17th, 2019|

Time is running out! October 22nd Conference Just a few seats remain!

‘The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond’ Tuesday, October 22 – 9AM - 4PM MST Habitat for Humanity 3501 N. Mountain Ave. It's like TED Talks meets late night talkshow, streamed right here in Tucson with 1000+ Volunteer Administrators participating from all over North America! 'The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond' is the volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada).  Now in its fifth year, this year's topic will explore how technology impacts our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures.  Our current streaming event will consist of four 20 minute presentations, followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience. The broadcast will be streamed live to more than 50 remote locations in the United States and Canada, with [...]

October 9th, 2019|

The Future is Now – Tech Trends Transforming 2020 and Beyond

‘The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond’ Tuesday, October 22 – 9AM - 4PM MST Habitat for Humanity 3501 N. Mountain Ave. It's like TED Talks meets late night talkshow, streamed right here in Tucson with 1000+ Volunteer Administrators participating from all over North America! 'The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond' is the volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada).  Now in its fifth year, this year's topic will explore how technology impacts our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures.  Our current streaming event will consist of four 20 minute presentations, followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience. The broadcast will be streamed live to more than 50 remote locations in the United States and Canada, with [...]

September 25th, 2019|

Announcing the 2020 SAVMA Awards Winners!

Six Award Winners Who Make a Difference in Southern Arizona! Thousands of volunteers weekly share their skills, time and enthusiasm to hundreds of nonprofits, schools, churches and governments across Southern Arizona. Publicly celebrating them and recognizing the work they do to make our communities happier and healthier is a win-win for all. The Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association, a professional association promoting excellence in the field of volunteer program management, is pleased to announce six major awards presented to individuals, organizations and groups whose volunteerism or service improve the quality of life in our community. The winners are: 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) [...]

September 20th, 2019|

Do You Know Your (Often Hidden) Role in the Revenue Pie? Come Find Our September 19th!

Join Us September 19th from 3:30-5PM for our monthly Program at Habitat for Humanity Presentation:  Your (Often Hidden) Role in the Revenue Pie: Volunteer Cultivation and Stewardship for Fundraising Success This session will showcase the ways that stellar volunteer "management" - mainly placement, retention, and recognition, as well as volunteer satisfaction, impact an organization's bottom line, and how your volunteer manager plays a crucial role in both the short and long-term success of your fundraising program. Professional Learning Objectives: 1. The importance of cultivation and stewardship to volunteer satisfaction and fundraising success. 2. Examples of cultivation and stewardship opportunities. 3. Connections between volunteerism and philanthropic action (especially your planned giving pipeline). 4. Ways you can effectively work with your CEO and fundraising staff (and show your hidden fundraising value). About Our Speaker: Jennifer Tersigni, MA, CFRE Jennifer Tersigni is the principal and lead consultant at Raise the Bar Consulting, specializing [...]

September 9th, 2019|

SAVMA Awards 2020 Nominations Now Closed!

Thank you so much for you nominations. We received a healthy array of nominations from our community. We are looking forward to announcing our winners in the very near future. Stay tuned for more information.

August 17th, 2019|

August 16th Deadline Approaches for Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for SAVMA Awards in August 16th at 5pm. Don't miss the opportunity to honor and celebrate those who make Southern Arizona shine! 2020 SAVMA Awards celebrate the impact and inspiration of volunteerism across Southern Arizona. Honorees will be recognized on January 16, 2020 at a celebration held at the Grand Ballroom of the Tucson Convention Center. Nominations for the 6 award categories are open from July 1 to August 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm (deadline is absolute!) in the following categories: 1. Program Volunteer of the Year 2. Corporate or Group Volunteerism Award 3. Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year 4. Youth Volunteer of the Year - Individual or Group 5. Volunteer Administrator of the Year 6. Board Member of the Year Visit our page to submit your nomination today: https://www.savma.org/2020awardcriteria/  

August 15th, 2019|

Service Enterprise Initiative Information Session August 8th!

Come learn more on August 8th about getting your organization certified! The final cohort for 2019 will start in mid-September with the cohort's orientation. To join this group of organizations seeking certification by Points of Light Foundation as a Service Enterprise, apply here. Where it says "Please indicate the name of the organization that will be leading your SEI transformation..." click on Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism. The group will be trained by members of the Southern Arizona Service Enterprise Trainer Corps. They come from Northern Arizona University's Civic Service Institute, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, American Red Cross, Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Interfaith Community Services, and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. If you'd like to learn more, please attend a brief informational session on August 8 at 3:30pm at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, 330 N. Commerce Park Loop, in the Ironwood Room. If you [...]

July 30th, 2019|

Do Not Miss the August 15th Program with Havala Schumacher from Census 2020!

Come Learn Why The Census Matters To Your Organization Presentation: Building Capacity Through Good Data: Why The Census Matters To Your Organization The 2020 Census is just around the corner. It will take the participation of our whole community to ensure that every person is counted once, only once, and in the right place. Census data is used to find critical programs used by the people you work with and serve, and will directly impact Arizona's congressional representation. Learn how your volunteers can make a difference, and explore how achieving an accurate count can benefit your community and organization. Professional Learning Objectives: Understand how Census data is used to fund critical services, from education, to healthcare, to infrastructure. Explore how you can leverage Census data to better serve your community. Create a plan for reaching out to those who may be difficult to count. About our Speaker: Havala Schumacher, Partnership [...]

July 29th, 2019|

Reminder July Meeting is Cancelled

We were so hoping to have our happy hour this July, but unfortunately with all of our travel schedules and work conferences we decided to push it back to a time when we might all find each other in town and able to enjoy a mix and mingle. Please take some time off to rest and recover this summer. Caring for volunteers is such an important role in our organizations and we know you need a little self care too. We will see you in August!  

July 10th, 2019|

2019 Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Workshop RFP

2019 Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Workshop RFP Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family Deadline for Submission: July 26, 2019 Selection Notification: August 14, 2019 Summit Date: November 7, 2019 Request for Proposals Workshop proposals are requested from presenters that will engage volunteers, volunteer managers, civic engagement leaders, service-learning practitioners, public and private educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofits, youth groups, community and faith-based groups, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Members, Citizen Corps groups, service clubs, corporation and business leaders in preparing for a new age of volunteerism, civic engagement and service-learning in our communities. Summit audiences will include urban and rural participants and will represent various types of organizations and program models. We seek sessions that include beginner, intermediate, and advanced. All presenters should keep in mind the diversity of the expected participants and provide presentations that speak to specific audiences or to all. Criteria for Selection Sessions [...]

June 29th, 2019|

Governor Doug Ducey’s 18th Annual Volunteer Service Awards Nominations Open

The mission of the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards is to promote an ethic of service and volunteerism and to recognize volunteer efforts that strengthen communities and improve quality of life for Arizonans.  Nominations will be accepted through July 1, 2019.  A statewide panel of judges will recommend the award recipients and an announcement will be made in October. The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism will host a reception to honor the 18th Annual Award recipients in November 2019. Overall Eligibility Criteria for Award: This award recognizes individuals and groups who have dedicated their hearts, hands, and minds to help strengthen communities and solve persistent problems within the state of Arizona.  Hours served for academic credit should not be included.  Please select the category that best applies to the nominee: Lifetime Community Service - Individuals who have exemplified the ideals of service for 25 years or more. Inspired  Adult Leadership - Individuals 18 years of age [...]

June 25th, 2019|

Bummed you missed the Points of Light Conference in St Paul? Catch the Webinar 7/10/2019

July AL!VE Academy: A Recap of the Points of Light Conference and Update on the National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement As a member of ALIVE, SAVMA can register for this webinar for free! We need one member to agree to host and coordinate this program at their site. Details about the Webinar are below! Description: Dana Litwin, CVA will moderate a discussion about the recent Points of Light conference in St. Paul, MN June 18-20.  In addition, Dana will give an update on the progress of the Alliance for Volunteer Engagement. About our presenter:  Dana Litwin, CVA, 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 [...]

June 22nd, 2019|

June 20th Program- A SAVMA Special- [Volunteer Pro Webinar Recording-] Messaging to Upper Management: How to Launch a Campaign of Influence

Local Moderator and SAVMA member, Alexei Marquez,  will facilitate our debrief and activities after we dive into a Special Volunteer Pro streamed presentation! In this 60-minute live recording, you will learn change management and internal marketing tactics you can use to gain better buy-in and support for volunteer services. This webinar was originally presented on November 30, 2016. In this 60-minute live recording, you will learn change management and internal marketing tactics you can use to gain better buy-in and support for volunteer services. Convincing decision makers to provide you with the volunteer resources you need to be successful can feel like an epic battle, but it doesn’t need to be. With a little planning and a clearly mapped strategy, you can educate leaders and change hearts and minds. Have no fear, transformations can take place in how organizations support their volunteer initiatives, but it takes advanced leadership skills to [...]

June 18th, 2019|

Days of Caring Project Submissions Now Open

This October 25 & 26 marks the 20th anniversary of United Way's Days of Caring. Days of Caring pairs local needs with caring residents to improve our community one project at a time. Project Submission is now open through August 9. Submit your project before July 12 to be entered to receive a $500 stipend. Click here to submit your project. *They're excited to announce a new, streamlined project submission process! Please complete the google form and they'll contact you with further information about the new website. Volunteer registration opens to the public August 28. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Sponsorship Opportunities Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to show your passion for our community, inspire teamwork and be a part of building a thriving community.  Sign up to become a Days of Caring sponsor today. Email daysofcaring@unitedwaytucson.org for more information. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Last year, nearly 4300 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to complete [...]

May 29th, 2019|

Join Us May 16th at 3:30PM to prepare for Days of Caring as we learn how to create a meaningful project

This May 16, 2019 at 3:30, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, join us for our monthly SAVMA professional development program. United Way's Days of Caring is our community's single largest volunteer event and this Fall will the the 20th annual event. In 2018, nearly 4300 volunteers completed more than 100 community projects. Whether your organization has participated every year or never before, this presentation will offer helpful tips to craft a meaningful volunteer experience that will stand out amongst a hundred other opportunities. Days of Caring is a great way to engage potential volunteers or donors and is a great way to collaborate with dozens of other local nonprofits to benefit the community as a whole. Professional Learning Objectives: Understanding how to build a community collaboration Develop and create a group volunteer event Build ongoing ties with community leaders Our Presenter Meredith Bode is the Community Engagement Manager for the United [...]

May 13th, 2019|

VolunteerSoAZ Fair! Do Something ZOOpendous for Your Community on April 11th!

On April 11th from 5PM-7:30PM join us at the Volunteer SoAZ Fair and Celebration. It will be our largest recruitment and celebration event ever. Learn about organizations doing valuable work in our community and find ways to get involved. More than 30 local organizations. *Enjoy free admission to the Reid Park Zoo *Animal Encounters *Rides *Live Music by “Tonight’s Sunshine” *Cash Bar *Cafe will be open

March 22nd, 2019|

Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 7-13) Preparation Workshop 3/21

As volunteer managers you possess a valuable collection of experience and expertise on this topic because your job demands creativity, resourcefulness and overcoming the challenges of working with a diverse group of volunteers. Let us help each other build better strategies for appreciating our volunteers’ efforts. Bring the stories of your successes and duds and we will examine the different ways you each appreciate your volunteers (through recognition, rewards, retention) and we will discover the answers to these questions together” Recognition: How do your volunteers know that you and/or your organization appreciate their time, efforts and talents? Rewards: What do you do to reward the efforts of your volunteers? What types of rewards? Retention: What are your strategies for retaining good volunteers?  How do you work with those who don’t work out? We will explore why some things work well and some not so much…just in time for Volunteer Recognition [...]

March 5th, 2019|

2/21 Program-A Professional Nudge – What’s in a CVA and how can it help your professional development?

Presenter, SAVMA Member, and CVA Tori Carlson-Foscz Tori Carlson, Photo Credit: Carlos Chavez Photography   Professional certification signals a commitment to excellence. It confirms that individuals have the knowledge needed to competently attract, onboard and support volunteers. Certification promotes personal confidence, and helps employers hire, verify and reward relevant expertise. Learn about the CVA and how SAVMA can help support you in your pursuit of a CVA. Tori enjoys serving the volunteer community working as Volunteer Resources Manager for Interfaith Community Services for nearly 5 years.  She is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) through CCVA whose goal is to advance excellence in volunteer administration by delivering professional certification and advocating ethical practice.  In 2018, Tori received an appointment by the Governor’s Office as a Commissioner on Service and Volunteerism. She is also currently in training with United Way as a trainer for the Service Enterprise Initiative, a certification [...]

February 20th, 2019|

2019 Southern Arizona Volunteer Recognition Awardees Announced

On January 17, 2019 at 9AM at the Tucson Convention Center we will honor the volunteer service of the award winners below! Volunteer of the Year- Mary Ohrazda Youth Volunteers of the Year- El Rio Teen Reproductive Health Access Project Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year- Literacy Connects Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year- Tucson Electric Power Company Volunteer Administrator of the Year- Theresa Ulloa   Southern Arizona Volunteer of the Year: Mary Ohrazda   Mary was nominated by Morgan Wells, for her voluntary service to the Tucson Museum of Art In-School Program. She has been volunteering with TMA for the last 26 years. After serving as a Docent at the TMA for only one year, Mary was asked to create and organize a program to provide art education and activities to students in the Tucson Public School system. Over time, the In-School program expanded to offer five different programs [...]

December 7th, 2018|

SAVMA Holiday Luncheon 12/13

Please register for our annual SAVMA Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th from 11:30-1pm at Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain Ave 85719. We will have a wonderful lunch (vegetarian/gluten free options available) provided by Roma Imports; Vote in our 2019 Board; Networking Opportunities; and more! We encourage you to invite others whether they are members or non-members and we want to hear from you about what you'd like to learn more about in 2019! Raffle Prizes, Desserts and good Company!

December 6th, 2018|

November 15th- Best Practices for Training Volunteers with Jessica Dennes

Join us on 11/15 at 3:30PM at Habitat for Humanity for a Workshop on Best Practices for Training Volunteers As presented at last year's National Center for Families Learning Conference, this workshop brings people together to learn and discuss best practices for training their volunteers. Jessica Olivares Dennes is a former language arts teacher and educational consultant. After moving to Tucson five years ago, she began working at Literacy Connects where she became the Volunteer Manager and Trainer for the Reading Seed program, training and supporting over 500 volunteers annually for almost 5 years. Over the last few years, Jessica has presented workshops at local, national and international conferences on topics related to education, literacy and training practices. She is currently working as a quarter-time volunteer coordinator for The Village Church as she stays home to raise her new baby boy.  She holds a masters in Teaching and Teacher Education [...]

November 15th, 2018|

October 23rd Leading the Way Not Managing the Day

'Leading the Way, Not Managing the Day' Hybrid is the volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC.  Now in its fourth year, this year's topic will explore how leaders of volunteers can move from managing to LEADING.  Our streaming event will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience.   This year's presentation team: Dana Litwin, CVA – Host and Moderator Dana is a public speaking and management professional with background in environmental conservation; 13 years’ experience building  volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as developing relevant training and educational materials, and presentations.   She is a Board member representing the (Pacific Region) Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). Member of National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG). Dana is Certified in Volunteer Administration (Council [...]

October 21st, 2018|

Nominations Due November 15th for Recognition Event

Media Alert Volunteer Celebration and Recognition Awards return to Southern Arizona. Volunteer Awards Breakfast January 17, 2019 8:30 am Tucson Convention Center 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 five of the award categories. https://www.savma.org/2019-volunteer-recognition-event/   Nominations will be accepted for nominees in any of these southern Arizona counties: Pima, Santa Cruz, Graham, Greenlee, or Cochise County. Southern Arizona Volunteer of the Year Corporate or Group Volunteerism Award Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year Youth Volunteer of the Year - Individual or Group Volunteer Administrator of [...]

September 24th, 2018|

September 20th Program- #MeToo: Lessons Learned from Celebrity Accusations

Please encourage Executive Directors and HR Directors to attend! Join us for our September professional development program presented by local employment attorney, Tim Medcoff. This innovative, useful and free anti-harassment seminar will equip you with the necessary tools and support you’ll need to handle complex sexual harassment issues and complaints. Celebrity accusations have led to the #Metoo movement resulting in increased sexual harassment allegations. The outbreak of allegations and heightened public awareness place renewed importance on reviewing policies and procedures while performing thorough investigations to ensure the workplace is safe and productive. Employers, management, and Human Resources professionals must comply with their fiduciary and legal responsibilities. Geared to owners, executives, managers, and Human Resources professionals – this seminar will provide real-world, hands-on advice. Participants will learn the legal elements of a harassment claim, the components to successfully defend a claim, effective investigation techniques, media strategy planning, and much more. Presenter, Tim Medcoff is an [...]

August 21st, 2018|

August 16th Program: Meet your local Volunteer Match!

Join Rachel Cheeseman, August 6, 2018 at 3:30PM for a presentation on the local volunteer matching software used by the Volunteer Center. Rachel is the volunteer engagement manager for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. She has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has worked in refugee resettlement as an AmeriCorps VISTA as well as in the community philanthropy sector in Iowa and Arizona. She has a master's degree in social science from the University of Chicago.   GetConnected is a volunteer engagement platform hosted by United Way to connect local volunteers with agencies in need of helping hands. This presentation will help you discover if your agency is on the platform (or create your own agency profile!), update contact information for your agency, create new needs, and run reports! Learning Objectives: Create and edit agency profiles, create and edit agency needs, run simple reports.

August 6th, 2018|

July 19th- Happy Hour and LinkedIn Presentation

Please join your peers at the annual Fun in the Summer Happy Hour. Back by popular demand, Rachele Peterson, Executive Director, University of Arizona-Banner Health All of Us Research Program will present an overview on using LinkedIn personally and professionally. She will remain on hand to review your LinkedIn profiles and compare to your resumes, so be sure to bring a copy of your resume. One lucky person will be selected for a free Organizational SAVMA membership.

July 16th, 2018|

May 17th-Working with Wildcats and What to Expect

Join Us on May 17th at Habitat for Humanity Overview: Alexei Marquez, Coordinate at the University of Arizona (ASUA) will present will review what VolunteerUA tells our students about engaging with community partners and what community partners can anticipate will occur when they have UA students working with them. Who: Alexei Marquez is a native Tucsonan and full-time Coordinator of Service for the Student Governance and Programs department at the University of Arizona. She has a BA in Secondary English Education with a minor in Spanish and a MA in Language, Reading, and Culture from the UA. Currently, she is a Doctoral Student in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the UA College of Education. A soon to be mother of three, Alexei also serves on the UA Hispanic Alumni Board, as a faculty advisor for Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Inc. and is part of the SAVMA Board.

April 16th, 2018|

Job Announcement- Adult Basic Literacy Volunteer Manager and Trainer

Literacy Connects seeks dedicated people with a passion for literacy, education and community collaboration to join our team. As the largest not-for-profit literacy provider in Arizona, Literacy Connects provides diverse education and arts-integration programs that help people of all ages reach their potential. The Adult Basic Literacy (ABL) program trains and supports volunteers to teach basic reading, writing and problem solving skills to adult learners. The Volunteer Manager and Trainer is responsible for assisting the Basic Literacy Program Director in the day-to-day running of the program, supporting students and volunteers, and providing foundational training and ongoing learning opportunities for volunteer instructors. The employee is also involved in designing and planning the evolution of the ABL program. This includes, but is not limited to, design and implementation for modification and/or growth of the program to meet the needs of our students, as well as data collection and analysis for program improvement. Learn more...

February 5th, 2018|

February 15th Program- Service Enterprise: Leveraging Volunteers for Impact

Bring your Executive Directors! We will be learning about an organization wide process to maximize the power of volunteers to better meet our missions. The Service Enterprise Initiative is a national change management program, led by Points of Light, that helps organizations better meet their missions through the power of volunteers. Through a comprehensive assessment, training, coaching and certification model, nonprofits are equipped to engage and manage volunteers more effectively to meet community needs. Research shows that nonprofits that operate as Service Enterprises are equally as effective as their peers but at almost half the median budget, and are significantly more adaptable, sustainable and capable of going to scale. The Service Enterprise program is based on rigorous research, and the process includes an application, diagnostic, training, coaching and certification, and is illustrated by the process wheel below. The time it takes an organization to complete this process can vary between six months [...]

January 31st, 2018|

December 7th- Annual Meeting and Holiday Lunch

SAVMA Members and Not-Yet-Members are invited to join us as we review our successes and challenges in 2017, vote in our 2018 leadership, and enjoy each other's company with a catered lunch. We have a little gift for our members this year, so please RSVP today. Members are free, but not-yet-members will have a minimal cost of $15.00. Please RSVP now. If you are unable to attend and need to vote by proxy, please submit to the Secretary ASAP.

December 6th, 2017|

November 16th Program- Understanding and Supporting Your Board of Directors as a Volunteer Manager

The most critical volunteers in nonprofit organizations are often the most mysterious. Board Members have big jobs, but what do they really do? How can Volunteer Management help them do it? What does it mean to be a fiduciary? What does it mean to have a rubber stamp boad? Come peek behind the curtain and learn about the board of directors , their jobs, and how Volunteer Management can best support their work in a meaningful way. What you will walk away with: - Understand the 3 Legal Guiding Standars - Understand the 10 basic responsibilities of boards of directors - Understand the Board Building Cycle and how Volunteer Management can help Presented by SAVMA President, Jennifer Lohse Jennifer has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years in a variety of leadership positions. She holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American [...]

November 9th, 2017|

October 19th-Tapping into the power of an effective volunteer communications plan

The most important audience to engage with as a non-profit are your true believers – your volunteers.  Build and sustain a volunteer communications plan that will bolster internal and external goals. Gain an understanding of and the skills to construct, monitor and measure results from a volunteer communications plan.  This requires a unique combination of professional PR tactics and community building.  Along with learning how to combine these elements, you’ll also learn how to determine the specific, measurable results you want and which will support your choice of strategic tools. Elaine Walsh founded E Comm International, Inc. in 1995. The mission of E Comm International, Inc. is to give customers marketing and sales with accountability and velocity and to do it today. Not someday in the future. Every organization is a story telling organization. You have a unique story to tell. Be in charge of your story to create compelling sales [...]

October 10th, 2017|

October 24th One Day Conference- Member rate $40

It's like TED Talks meets late night talk show, a streaming conference on accepting, and managing change! October 24th 9-5PM. 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!!!!!

October 5th, 2017|

September 21st Program- Remarkability…the key to personal and business success

Bob Shaff founded his firm, Customers for Life Consulting in 1992. Customers for Life Consulting is a marketing consulting firm, dedicated to helping clients improve customer and employee satisfaction, engagement, and loyalty. Customers for Life Consulting assists clients to get better faster than their competition by engaging their employees and by helping them to provide Remarkable Experiences for their customers. Bob speaks on the topics of customer loyalty and Remarkability at corporate events and to companies seeking to improve customer loyalty and employee engagement. Bob is a member of the National Speakers’ Association. Prior to this, Bob was the Manager of Marketing Operations for IBM Corporation, providing sales and service support for IBM customers throughout Southern Arizona. During Bob’s IBM career he held multiple sales and marketing management positions in the banking, finance, health, and government industry groups for IBM. As an IBM marketing representative, Bob earned selection as IBM’s [...]

September 21st, 2017|

August 17th Program- Everything You Wanted to Know About Budgeting, But Were Afraid to Ask

At this month's SAVMA meeting, Kevin Marshall, will present Everything You Wanted to Know About Budgeting, But Were Afraid to Ask. Budgeting is not only for the bean counters.  It takes money to manage a volunteer program. Volunteer Managers should be able to forecast expenses and communicate the need for support to decision makers within the organization. Learning Objectives & Participant Outcomes: Learn how to determine your ROVI – Return on Volunteer Investment Be able to measure the true costs of your volunteer program Learn how to advocate for your budget needs Kevin Marshall has been a successful accountant for over 20 years, providing clients throughout Arizona with superior accounting and bookkeeping services. An avid member of the Tucson and Phoenix entrepreneurial communities, Mr. Marshall’s innovative way of doing business has received national recognition from news organizations such as: CNN, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Renowned in the accounting industry [...]

August 13th, 2017|

Tucson Electric Power Supports Volunteer Management in a Big Way!

TEP has generously provided a $1,000 grant to support the work of the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association as SAVMA's 2017 Underwriting Sponsor. TEP has been a long standing supporter of SAVMA and of volunteerism throughout their service area. Funds from the grant will be used to support the professional development needs of the SAVMA membership. TEP’s dedication to service goes beyond providing safe, reliable power. The company’s vision statement is to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. This philosophy is woven into the employee culture at all levels of the organization, from senior management to field employees, power plant operators, customer service representatives and all others within the organization. From serving on local boards of directors to volunteering with their community partners, TEP employees play a direct role in strengthening the places where they live and play. They strive to do more for their customers, [...]

July 20th, 2017|

July 20th 4-6PM- Join us for our annual Fun in the Summer Happy Hour

Please join your peers at the annual Fun in the Summer Happy Hour. This year we will have a brief presentation by a resume expert. She will remain on hand to review your resume and discuss the tips and tricks for landing your next job, so be sure to bring a copy of your resume. There will be a gift card raffle and one lucky person will be selected for a free Organizational SAVMA membership.

July 18th, 2017|

October 24, 2017- Save the Date- ALIVE Hybrid Conference

NOW ANNOUNCING BETTER IMPACT & ALIVE'S VIRTUAL HYBRID CONFERENCE October 24, 2017 (10AM-5PM) 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. AL!VE arranges for the speakers, handouts and content. There will be a cost for the event and SAVMA members will receive a discount.

June 21st, 2017|

June 15th- Setting metrics to benchmark your success

Oh no, we have a last minute change in speaker. Unfortunately Allison Titcomb will not be able to join us this month to discuss benchmarks and volunteer outcomes. However, your Membership Committee has a plan and we need you to attend! Tori Carlson, Volunteer Manager at Interfaith Community Services, SAVMA Member, and brand new Certified Volunteer Administrator, will host an interactive workshop on identifying metrics. Participants will engage with the CVA Competency Framework to identify Key Performance Indicators that are being used by SAVMA members. You will have a chance to discuss your challenges in setting metrics and to find solutions from your peers. Jennifer Lohse will be on hand to facilitate this work so we can leave the room with a document of sample goals with Key Performance Indicators aligned with the CVA competencies. This tool will be available for SAVMA members only following the meeting or for those [...]

June 14th, 2017|

Heather Hiscox Wowed a Full Crowd with Talk of Innovation!

On May 18th, Heather Hiscox a recognized leader and innovator in the startup and nonprofit sectors, presented to more than 20 Volunteer Management Professionals. She introduced Lean Innovation and the concepts of making impact by understanding customer empathy and experimenting with solutions to their problems. A copy of her presentation can be found in the Members Only section of the website. In addition Heather provided a few links for inspiration:  Short video refresher of what Lean Innovation is and its impact within other organizations Podcast with San Diego Food Bank VP of Operations Vanessa Moore sharing their experience using Lean Innovation to reinvent their volunteer program Podcast with the Southern Arizona Family Support Alliance’s Director Cholpon Rosengren about the Alliance’s journey applying Lean Innovation principles to their biggest challenges Blog post about how innovation can come from anywhere in an organization Heather provides services and coaching to the nonprofit sector in the areas of:   [...]

June 7th, 2017|

SAVMA Votes to Join ALIVE! (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement)

Active members of SAVMA will now receive the following Group Membership Benefits. Quarterly Networking Meetings, held virtually on a variety of topics.  Past topics have included Membership and Marketing, Social Media, and Revitalizing your Organization. Check our calendar for future discussion topics.  Meeting notes, resources, and handouts are posted in the 'file archive' section of our website. Be a part of a national network for advocacy, communication, and action. A resource library on our members only file archive - your group is welcome to contribute!  Find templates for conference budgets, peer recognition, marketing, etc. For new groups, we can create a temporary webpage for your group under AL!VE's website until you can establish your own website. Opportunities to partner with your local conference; a board member may be able to present for low or no cost; help with promotion via our website, calendar,  and social media tools. Free promotion and [...]

May 5th, 2017|

Collegiate Membership Added to SAVMA Offerings

A new $25.00 per year membership category has been added for college students. Membership in this category is open to students in a two- or four-year degree granting, certificate, or diploma program at an accredited college or university. The following member benefits apply to this new category. SAVMA can benefit you! Networking with colleagues and access to experts in the field Inspiration for meeting the challenges of today Support for those seeking their Certified Volunteer Administrator Certification Access to Peer Mentor Program Benchmarks for success and future growth Displays your commitment to ethics and accountability in volunteer management Member discounts to trainings and events Association with ALIVE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement) and access to their trainings and events Access to Webinars and Member only content Résumé building

May 1st, 2017|

Your Association Needs You- Committee Leadership Boosts Engagement and Professional Development

The SAVMA Board of Directors is pleased to announce our new Committee structure and we are inviting you to participate. This is a great way to engage with your peers and to take an active role in strengthening volunteerism in our community. Committees meet every other month for one hour, because we know your time is valuable. We are Volunteer Managers after all. An overview of the work of the committees is below, but the charters can be found in the Policy Section of our website. Those interested in working with this enthusiastic team can contact us through the website. Communications Committee: Purpose shall be to communicate with SAVMA’s membership and local media through the integration of the organization’s fundraising, marketing, and service delivery activities. Membership Committee: Purpose shall be to recruit, retain, and support the membership of SAVMA. Programs and Events Committee: Purpose shall be to coordinate monthly professional development and [...]

April 14th, 2017|

SAVMA Seeks Proposals for Upcoming Education Programs

SAVMA is seeking proposals for 2017 General Membership Meetings (third Thursday of every month at 3:30PM). Meetings are typically held at Habitat for Humanity Tucson 3501 N Mountain Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719. Presentations are one hour with 15 minutes of Q and A. Possible topics all relating to volunteer services (not all inclusive): Developing policies and procedures Risk management planning Setting benchmarks Developing an evaluation plan Budgeting Supporting the work of a Board of Directors Designing, implementing and evaluating a communications plan Cultivating and evaluating stakeholder and partner relationships Developing performance objectives for volunteers Designing recruitment plans Evaluating recruitment strategies Streamlining an onboarding process with Lean Management techniques Coaching for performance improvement Maintaining records Evaluating training Continuous Quality Improvement Advocating for volunteers Corporate Engagement Trends Supporting Fundraising Efforts Time Management Nonprofit Ethics   Please complete the 2017_Request for Proposals for Meeting Presenters and include a resume with at least one reference [...]

March 27th, 2017|

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: |

NationBuilder free trial

NationBuilder allows you to send targeted text blasts to your supporters in the U.S. and Canada. To add to your texting capabilities, there are also apps and integrations available: Hustle allows you to send personalized one-to-one text messages as quickly as you can send a text blast (50 messages under 5 minutes). FrontlineSMS lets you create logic to dynamically respond to your supporters. CallHub extends your reach beyond the U.S. and Canada. Check out the list of 200+ countries where CallHub is offered. When using apps and integrations with NationBuilder, the data you generate flows back into your nation, increasing your ability to build relationships with your supporters. Thanks for using NationBuilder. Ben Handzo VP of Product http://nationbuilder.com/ Start your free trial

June 14th, 2016|

AZ Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Service

Hello friends in Volunteer Management! I am interested in learn more about what courses, training, or workshops Experienced Volunteer Managers are interested in attending at this fall's AZ Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Service. Please help me by taking a few moments to complete a very brief survey HERE. It takes less than 5 minutes! Cheers, Ellen Pott Senior Program Manager - Volunteer Engagement United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

June 13th, 2016|

List of 199 online tools for nonprofits

If you're feeling time strapped and want to know which online tools can help you the most, I encourage you to look at this list of 199 online tools for nonprofits. Organized them into categories like: Event management Social Media Accounting/Billing Fundraising Volunteer management and much more. So consider where you're feeling the most pain and check out which tools match up. You'll also find expert advice to help you make the best decision. 199 Free or Cheap Online Tools for Nonprofits Take care! Terry Ibele, Learning Apricot

May 26th, 2016|

Skills-Based Volunteerism (SBV) Workshop

If your organization is looking to learn about proven solutions for increasing nonprofit effectiveness including, the ability to collaborate, drive innovation, utilize technology and activate skills-based volunteers, this track is for you. With 20 workshops for all levels of experience, attendees can explore frameworks for capacity building supported by skills-based and pro bono programs that engage corporate volunteers' talents and skills. The sessions in this track are selling out fast so reserve your seat and register today! Skills-Based Volunteerism (SBV) Workshop Inspired by Pro Bono (SID 136700) Monday, June 27 | 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. This skills-based nonprofit session, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co., moves organizations from theory to practice with SBV implementation. Established solutions that improve organizational buy-in and program success will be presented to help organizations explore ways to build strong and sustainable skill-based or pro bono engagement. During this interactive session you can leverage the [...]

May 26th, 2016|

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Workshop Presenter RFP deadline for submission - June 10, 2016 Are you an expert in the field of Volunteerism, Civic Engagement or Service-Learning willing to share your talent and expertise with our field? Best and/or promising practices? Great tools and resources? Tracking of volunteer/student outputs and outcomes? Program administration or development? Conducting outreach to sustain ongoing engagement? Is your program adept at cultivating program advocates? Matching volunteers/students to the right positions and providing effective training for their roles and to work with each other? Implementing supportive technology? Effectively communicating and sharing impact? Building partnerships to increase community engagement and reach? The Summit provides an opportunity for leaders and representatives of Arizona's Volunteer, Civic Engagement and Service-Learning communities to further develop and foster their skills to better serve Arizona.  In 2015,the Summit was attended by over 500 community leaders, educators, young people, businesses/ corporations, foundations, and other professionals.   Workshop Presenter Request for Proposal Proposals are sought that will engage [...]

May 25th, 2016|

The tricks to sharing social posts people care about

Good business has always been about building good relationships with customers, but far too often these days businesses ‘launch’ without any regard for the person that matters most to them. They design their logo and website, create their Instagram page, and just… launch. But they do it without any attempt to actually connect with the people they’re asking to follow them and buy from them. If you’re just launching on social, or you’re looking to organically build your legions of followers, there’s a simple trick to it. Connecting. We've written a master guide to designing graphics (without professional help) that connect with audiences on social media. The guide includes eight types of graphics you should be sharing on social, and each type includes a ready-made Canva template so you can start connecting with your audiences in a matter of minutes. Learn to connect

May 24th, 2016|

Job Opening:Volunteer Coordinator-part-time

Green Valley Hospital is seeking a part-time Volunteer Coordinator to manage our dynamic team of Volunteers.  Major responsibilities include: planning; developing; administering, coordinating; and conducting all relevant activities and services of Green Valley Hospital volunteers, including responsibility for recruiting, screening, orienting, placing and maintaining volunteers.   For more information, contact Joyce Finkelstein at jfinkelstein@greenvalleyhospital.com, 520-393-4843 or Eric Ekdahl at eekdahl@greenvalleyhospital.com, 520-393-4844.

May 19th, 2016|

Rebuilding Flint: Inspiration from Front-line Volunteers

Mastering a forklift, and developing creative community marketing on the fly - these are just a few examples of the ingenuity of the volunteers on the front-lines of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Malcolm, a youth volunteer, says:“Crisis causes innovation and light will shine on the darkest issues. But Flint always bounces back.” We couldn't agree more. Learn more about Malcolm and his family, along with several Flint volunteers who shared their stories with the Points of Light Disaster Services team.

May 19th, 2016|

Celebrate Service with Make a Difference Day 2016

Washington, D.C. was the place to be this month to celebrate extraordinary acts of volunteer service. Points of Light CEO Tracy Hoover joined NBC News Anchor Lester Holt, and Bravo TV personality Andy Cohen in honoring recipients of the 2016 Make a Difference Day award at a special luncheon in the nation's capital. The award recognizes ordinary people who are making extraordinary impact on their communities through service.See the full list of 2016 award recipients.

May 19th, 2016|

Calling All Youth Service Innovators!

generationOn is teaming up with Hasbro to celebrate kids and teens between 5 and 18 years of age who are making an impact in their local or global communities. The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers whose service achievements have demonstrated the qualities of a hero – kindness, courage and leadership. Young people can be nominated by an adult or applythemselves by going to www.generationon.org/HCAH. Nominations and applications are being accepted through Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

May 19th, 2016|

Want to get your organization in front of 7 million donors, funders, and key decision makers for free?

GuideStar is creating new ways to help your organization stand out. Want to get your organization in front of 7 million donors, funders, and key decision makers for free?   GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information, places your organization’s information right at their fingertips.   Did you know you already have a profile on GuideStar, if your nonprofit is registered with the IRS as tax exempt? But, if you haven’t updated it, you’re not telling your whole story. It’s time to manage your online identity. Act now to earn your organization a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or the new Platinum Seal of Transparency today!     Need more information? Click here to work with a member of the GuideStar team to update your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.  

May 19th, 2016|

Make your next fundraiser, your best fundraiser -seminar

Seminar by Arizona Nonprofit Academy-Facts, Fiction and Fun of Fundraising 5th annual Facts, Fiction and Fun of Fundraising offers you more useful tips, tricks and ideas for improving your next fundraising event. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 The Phoenix Zoo CW & Modene Neely Education and Event Center 7:30am Breakfast & Registration $25 registration, price increases to $35 at the door Click here to register    

May 19th, 2016|

June Meeting- New Time & Day, June 16th, 3:30-5pm

Note: NEW TIME & DAY of monthly meetings As of June 2016, the SAVMA monthly meetings will be on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:30-5:00 pm When: Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Where: Habitat For Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson 85719

May 18th, 2016|

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS November 3-4, 2016 ASU West Campus, Glendale Workshop Presenter Request for Proposal Proposals are sought that will engage volunteers, volunteer managers, service-learning practitioners, public and private educational institutions, civic education groups, youth groups, government agencies, non-profits, youth groups, community and faith-based groups, National Service Members, citizen corps groups, service clubs, corporation and business leaders in preparing for a new age of volunteerism, civic engagement and service-learning in our communities. Workshops will be 75 minutes long and attended by 30-70 participants. Please click the link for additional information and to complete the Workshop RFP:   Summit Workshop Session Request for Proposal  Workshop Presenter RFP deadline for submission - June 10, 2016 Are you an expert in the field of Volunteerism, Civic Engagement or Service-Learning willing to share your talent and expertise with our field? Best and/or promising practices? Great tools and resources? Tracking of volunteer/student outputs and outcomes? Program administration or development? Conducting [...]

May 17th, 2016|

High Impact Presenting: LearnMay 18 meeting: How to Transform your Workshops and Presentations

The purpose of this workshop is to share Six Secrets to increase engagement during presentations and training activities. These are quick and easy ways to deliver information in more effective ways. When they are combined with tools designed to help people reflect and apply what they’ve learned, there is a dramatic increase in engagement and effectiveness. Who: Everyone!! Bring new people in your office or even your boss to see what SAVMA is all about! When: Wednesday May 18th from 11:00 am- 1:30pm Where: Habitat for Humanity (3501 N. Mountain Ave (85719). Please join us!!!

May 16th, 2016|

Best Skills in Nonprofit Management Certificate

Professional Development Education Planning for the future, while taking into account the skills needed for today, is the focus of this certification program. This best skills program will fill this need via a 28-hour professional development program that will help Arizona nonprofits build and increase capacity across the sector. The Best Skills in Nonprofit Management Certificate program is a professional development program that will help build and increase capacity for small- to mid-size nonprofits or those who are transitioning to the nonprofit sector. All courses are led by industry leaders and nonprofit experts with years of nonprofit leadership experience and teaching expertise. Curriculum consists of 28 classroom hours, in total, with a certificate awarded upon completion of all seven four-hour courses. Each of the courses is being offered in-person both in Phoenix and Tucson. Participants can take courses as needed to meet their professional development needs; simply register and attend each class as your schedule permits. Who [...]

May 16th, 2016|

Conference on Volunteering and Service June 27-29

Haven't registered for the Conference on Volunteering and Service? There is still time and oh-so-many reasons. This year's Conference events are a must see. To make your decision even easier, we have compiled the top 10 reasons to attendon the Points of Light blog. So go ahead and register now.

May 13th, 2016|

Design of an Award Winning Report

Are you going to create a 50 page report with all the graphs, tables, etc? If yes, then read how to make them award winning with some good organizing notions, etc. Click here to learn more. http://stephanieevergreen.com/design-of-an-award-winning-report/

May 11th, 2016|

Statewide Search for Governor’s Youth Commission Gets Underway

High school students are invited to share their voice on the Governor's Youth Commission.  The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family is searching for inspiring youth leaders from Arizona high schools to serve on the 2016-2017 Governor's Youth Commission (GYC). The GYC provides teens opportunities for: personal growth leadership development community engagement around some of the issues that impact them most Teens will learn how to: serve on a board participate in committees plan service projects gain public speaking skills build friendships statewide If you know a student that will be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior during the 2016-2017 school year and has a heart to serve others, please share this unique opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized leadership program, while serving as ambassadors for Arizona. Applications are currently being accepted from all of Arizona's fifteen counties now through May 27, 2016. Details & Application Here

May 11th, 2016|

Job Posting-Community Development Program Coordinator

UNITED WAY OF TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA Position Description Community Development Program Coordinator Full Time, FLSA Non-Exempt JOB DESCRIPTION: This is a full-time, grant funded, non-exempt, administrative support position for an organized, detail oriented, motivated, professional person who can comfortably handle the requirements of multiple grants and budgets.  This position reports to the Chief Impact Officer and will provide administrative support for various managers and directors working in the areas of early childhood education, family support, and school connections. NOTE: THIS IS A GRANT FUNDED POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: General Office Support: Develops and processes purchase orders for multiple grants; Processes invoices from multiple sources and checks for accuracy; Tracks budgets and program information for multiple programs using Excel; Takes accurate notes at meetings and prepares notes for distribution; Prepares for meetings, workshops and conferences, including printing out agendas, sign-in sheets, and other materials, sending out meeting reminders, bringing necessary AV equipment, [...]

May 11th, 2016|

Job posting

Interfaith Community Services (ICS) is a 30-year-old non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides services for seniors, adults with disabilities, and individuals facing financial crises in the greater Tucson community. Essential safety-net services include emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities and other essential items; emergency food boxes and supplies for low-income families and individuals; a resource center for employment assistance, financial literacy, and job coaching; and transportation, caregiving services, and health advocacy for seniors and disabled individuals. ICS is supported by 700 volunteers, 91 faith communities, and many community partners. DESCRIPTION The part-time Program Coordinator will be responsible to help implement and support daily operations of a newly funded initiative, Care Partners, a program of the ICS Faith and Community Health Network working under the direction of the ICS Health & Senior Services Director. The Faith and Community Health Network (FCHN) brings together faith communities, healthcare system and Interfaith Community Services (ICS) [...]

May 10th, 2016|

[Webinar] TODAY! 5/10 Count What Matters: How to Develop Smart Outcome Metrics for Volunteer Programs

Volunteer Pro webinar today: Wondering how to track the impact your volunteers make? Join us for TODAY's VolunteerPro webinar!   Count What Matters: How to Develop Smart Outcome Metrics for Volunteer Programs  (Beyond Hours & Retention Rates)  TODAY at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST (60 minutes) starting in less than 2 hours, still time to sign-up  Can't make it live? The recording & handouts will be sent to all registrants after the webinar. You will learn … ➢ How to use a Logic Model to describe your theory of change ➢ How to develop SMART outcome indicators based on the model ➢ How to decide which metrics are the highest priority for you ➢ How to create dashboards to keep you on track throughout the year ➢ How to communicate goals to volunteers so they take ownership ➢ How to inspire a culture of continuous improvement & accountability You will get … ➢ [...]

May 10th, 2016|

OVERTIME LAW: Big Changes Looming-Are you Prepared?

From HR Strategies, LLC. C-Level HR Consulting The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that nonexempt (hourly) employees receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per workweek at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay. The FLSA includes exemptions from these minimum wage and overtime requirements for employees who meet certain salary and duties test. The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes that would increase the minimum salary requirement for the administrative, professional, and executive exemptions from $455 per week to $970 per week in 2016. The highly compensated employee exemption would also increase. The DOL is also proposing automatic annual increases. Final regulations are expected to be issued in late spring or early summer. Here are some guidelines from HR Strategies to help you prepare:   Click here to read more details

May 4th, 2016|

Support Veterans in Need

Help TVSV-Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans by supplying Veterans out of homelessness with New or Gently-Used Clothing Critical short supply of: Gently-Used Career Clothes for Men and Women: Suits- Slacks- Ties- Blouses-Skirts-Shoes-Handbags. All Donations MUST be made by June 8th.   For donation delievry/pick up contact Bruce Hamilton 623-687-5552 TucsonVetsServingVets@gmail.com  Your generosity makes a BIG difference in restoring independence and self-sufficiency for our veteran brothers and sisters who are seeing employment! Thank you for your Support!!

May 4th, 2016|

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS: EPICENTER OF VOLUNTEERING

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS: EPICENTER OF VOLUNTEERING We in the U. S. are deep into one of the strangest presidential election process in memory. Susan offers a collection of recent volunteer-centered political news stories. Some are bizarre, some are moving, and all are revealing of the kaleidoscope of citizen action focused on social change. Read this month's Hot Topic. From Energize, Inc.

May 4th, 2016|

PATHWAYS TO PROGRESS: The Portfolio and the Field of Youth Economic Opportunity

Citi Foundation as part of the Pathways to Progress initiative, helping low-income youth develop workplace skills and leadership experience. One “pathway” to achieving that goal is service/leadership, which we promote through ServiceWorks. Learn more about youth economic opportunity, and what other Pathways grantees are doing to address it by clicking here:

May 4th, 2016|

May 6 Class–Resolving Conflict to Advance Your Goals

Upcoming Best Skills in Nonprofit Management courses/certificate-by ASU Lodestar Center Resolving Conflict to Advance Your Goals and is scheduled for May 6th from 8:00 am to Noon.  The cost is $95.00. Registration Link: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1815731 The course will be held at the Habitat for Humanity in Tucson.  I hope to see you all in the Resolving Conflict course.  If you have any questions, give me a call at 602-496-1061. Cynthia Thiede, Ph.D. Director, Professional Development Education-Nonprofit Management Institute Arizona State University | Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation 411 N. Central Ave. | Suite 500 | Phoenix, AZ 85004-0691 Ph: (602) 496-1061 | Fax: (602) 496-0952 | Cynthia.thiede@asu.edu nonprofit@asu.edu | lodestar.asu.edu

May 4th, 2016|

Free Technology Training Resources

iConnect 24/7 provides free technology courses and supports every nonprofits to bridge the digital divide and bring digital equity to the communities that need it the most.   They provide digital education for free, to everyone!! Click here to learn more iConnect247.net

April 29th, 2016|

Conference on Volunteering and Service June 27-29 2016

Great news! We have extended the Conference on Volunteering and Service Early-Bird Registration deadline to allow everyone the opportunity to get the best price possible. You'll be able to register with discounted pricing until Friday, May 6. We're working hard to bring you inspirational changemakers and over the course of the next couple of weeks, we'll have some major featured speaker announcements including entertainers, academics and more. In the Exhibit Hall Returning to Conference this year, with space for 80 exhibiting organizations, the exhibit hall will be an integral part of your interactive learning experience. Highlights include a demonstration stage featuring experts in volunteer service with new products, services and technologies; numerous fun service areas; multiple networking lounges and a social media lounge. There is still time to register for an exhibitor booth. Exhibitor registration will close on May 31, 2016.

April 27th, 2016|

American Express Leadership Academy-Apply now!

Emerging leaders are invited to apply for the American Express Leadership Academy, a marquis training program that includes hands-on activities in a feedback-intensive learning environment. American Express Leadership Academy In conjunction with the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service in Detroit, Points of Light is pleased to offer the American Express Leadership Academy, which is developed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership. Apply Now WWW.POINTSOFLIGHT.ORG

April 22nd, 2016|

April 22, 2016 workshop-Ways to Appreciate your Volunteers and work in teams

April 22, 2016 Workshop: Ways to Appreciate Volunteers and Work in Teams When Friday April 22, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM MST Add to Calendar Where Joyner Green Valley Library 601 N La Canada Dr (enter go to the large meeting room to the right) Green Valley, AZ 856 Driving Directions List of organizations attending: Community Food Bank - Amado Community Food Bank - Amado Pima Council on Aging The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Community Food Bank of SA in Green Valley GVSVC Child-Parent Centers Valley Assistance Services GVSVC ASALP Alzheimer's Association GVSVC Tubac Center of the Arts Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory Pima County Public Library Casa Adult Day Services Catholic Charities Community Services GVSVC Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank La Posada - casa Community Services Community Food Bank-Green Valley, AZ Green Valley Elks Lodge 2592 Green Valley Elks Lodge No. 2592 United Way of Tucson [...]

April 21st, 2016|

Shaping events to inspire donations

Shaping events to inspire donations By Jim Alvarez Nonprofit organizations face a constant challenge of funding. From homelessness and hunger to education and the arts to conservation and animals, as well as youth, health and faith-based, most nonprofits search for ways to combat declining governmental funding, an aging donor base, an often overburdened small staff and limited volunteers. To better capture more dollars while retaining and attracting donors, many nonprofits diversify their fundraising activities. READ MORE

April 20th, 2016|

A culture shift for fundraising

A culture shift for fundraising From Haas Jr. Three years ago, the Haas, Jr. Fund joined with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services to produce a study, UnderDeveloped, documenting the chronic fundraising challenges facing today’s nonprofits. One possible path to addressing these challenges, the report suggested, is for nonprofit leaders to foster and develop a “culture of philanthropy” in their organizations.  READ MORE

April 20th, 2016|

How can we build a loyal cadre of new and repeat individual donors?

New 'bright spots' report a goldmine for nonprofits about successful fundraising at the grassroots From The Nonprofit Quarterly "How can we build a loyal cadre of new and repeat individual donors? How can we raise our game — and our expectations when it comes to fundraising? How can we bring in the resources year after year to sustain and grow our programs?" So starts "Fundraising Bright Spots," a new report published by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund. The report is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration; it lifts up commonalities from the stories of 16 relatively small social change groups, all of which are consistently and uniquely successful at fundraising.  READ MORE

April 20th, 2016|

Grant Announcement – Youth Opportunity Fund

Grant Announcement - Youth Opportunity Fund Deadline: May 2nd Category: Youth / Poverty Amount: Up to $250k The Society was contacted today by the Youth Opportunity Fund. They're looking for nonprofits "working in innovative ways to place low-income young adults on a path towards college and career success in 10 cities across the United States: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C" They will be presenting a webinar on April 18th at 4pm ET with more information. Please feel free to share with any organizations that may benefit from this opportunity.

April 20th, 2016|

US volunteer time worth $188 billion

US volunteer time worth $188 billion From The NonProfit Times The value of volunteers' time hit a record high in 2015, an estimated $23.56 per hour nationwide. The sum represents more than a $1 increase compared to the figure in 2013. Volunteering hours for 2015 are not yet available but even if they stayed at 2014’s 7.96 billion hours, they would be valued at roughly $188 billion.  READ MORE

April 20th, 2016|

Apply Now for Financial Opportunity Corps Program

Host Sites: Apply Now for Financial Opportunity Corps Program Over the past three years, the Financial Opportunity Corps (FOC), a partnership between Points of Light,Bank of America, and the Corporation of National and Community Service has helped hundreds reach financial sustainability. Unlike other financial coaching services, FOC offers this service free of charge for economically disadvantaged individuals and families. That’s because FOC uses skill-based volunteers as financial coaches in a one-to-one setting. As a result, FOC participants achieve their financial goals through expanded financial knowledge, improved spending and saving habits, and a growth in personal confidence. Interested in becoming a host site? Apply here!

April 20th, 2016|

Coaching for Engagement

ATD: Association for talent Development presentation Upcoming event information: Coaching for Engagement BBB conference room 5151 E Broadway Blvd #100, Tucson, AZ 85711 Date: 04/28/2016 9:00 AM Are your employees disengaged? Have you tried motivation techniques and gotten little results? There are 3 key reasons why employees become disengaged. This workshop will help you understand: Why disengagement happens Techniques to create a new culture Obstacles you'll need to overcome Best practices to get employees engaged Having the tools to help your team is critical for your success and stress relief! Temporary - 'flavor of the month' solutions are temporary, and continuing to use them can erode the culture of engagement you want to build. $50 includes workshop, materials, and continental breakfast $40 for local ATD members Instructor: Terri Sinclair Terri has been an accredited coach by the ICF (International Coaching Federation) for over 7 years. She has coached hundreds of [...]

April 18th, 2016|

What kind of volunteer are you??

Millions of people volunteer in their communities and around the world every day. What drives people to work without pay to make the world a better place? In honor of National Volunteer Week, take the quiz and find out: What Kind of Volunteer Are You? You've discovered what chick flick and ice cream flavor you are. But what kind of volunteer are you? Millions of people volunteer in their communities and around the world every day.… UPWORTHY.COM|BY ALISHA HUBER

April 14th, 2016|

Grant Writing Workshop

Grants Training in Tucson, AZ  -  May 12-13, 2016 Tucson Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Tucson, May 12-13, 2016.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Click here for full event details. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. We are excited to offer United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona partners a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Please use discount code "AZNPO" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary. Tuition payment is [...]

April 13th, 2016|

President Barack Obama’s Proclamation for National Volunteer Week

President Barack Obama's Proclamation for National Volunteer Week "Each day, humble people of every background and belief come together to fulfill the timeless responsibility we have as Americans: to accept certain obligations to one another. People of all ages can volunteer, and anyone can, through the smallest of acts, do their part to improve the lives of others. This week, we celebrate the selfless individuals around our country who channel their civic virtues through volunteerism, and we encourage more people to make service an integral part of their lives."

April 12th, 2016|

Ready to Take Your Program to the Next Level? Then, this webinar is for you!

Ready to Take Your Program to the Next Level? Then, this webinar is for you! Program Evaluation from the Inside Out: How to Conduct a DIY Volunteer Program Audit Tuesday, April 12, 2016 1:00PM - 2:00PM EST/10:00AM - 11:00AM PST You may not have the budget to hire and outside evaluator to assess your services, but that doesn't mean you can't do it yourself. We'll show you how to conduct a DIY Audit that is done by your program, for the benefit of your program, at little cost to you. This Isn't Just a Webinar - You'll Also Get the Following "Plug-n-Play" Resources to Conduct Your Audit ... DIY Volunteer Program Audit Self Assessment Spreadsheet DIY Audit Guide DIY Audit Project Plan DIY Audit Talking Points Best Practice Template PDF of the Slides Webinar Recording CLICK HERE to Register Tobi Johnson & Associates | VolunteerPro PO Box 23408 Knoxville, Tennessee [...]

April 11th, 2016|

Nominate a Volunteer for a Daily Point of Light Award

During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the power of volunteers to make a difference, and recognize extraordinary individuals who are at the center of social change. Nominate an extraordinary volunteer in your community for a Daily Point of Light Award: Nominate a Volunteer for a Daily Point of Light Award The Daily Point of Light Award honors exceptional volunteers, celebrating the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world. POINTSOFLIGHT.ORG

April 11th, 2016|

Corporation for National and Community Service

Corporation for National and Community Service Check out the national wrap up report ???? bit.ly/1Q3g5eo. Our biggest year yet with 3,539 Mayors/County/Tribal leaders honoring the impact of 75,000 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers across all 50 states and territories! ‪#‎Mayor4Service‬ ‪#‎County4Service‬‪#‎Tribe4Service‬ 1 Share

April 11th, 2016|

National Volunteer Week

United Way’s mission is fueled by the passion of 2.9 million volunteers around the world. Their volunteers come from all walks of life, but they share an immeasurable passion for improving their communities.

April 11th, 2016|

Volunteers needed, please share this post!!!

The American Red Cross of Southern Arizona is calling for volunteers to assist us in installing free smoke alarms in the Flowing Wells, Homer Davis Neighborhood on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. We are reaching out to you to see if you are interested in organizing a team of volunteers to come out and help this community. There will be fun incentives for the team with the most volunteers! This neighborhood has been identified by our national preparedness division as at high risk for home fire related injuries and fatalities. Nationally, seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires. The American Red Cross is addressing the issue directly through our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aimed at reducing fatality and injury due to house fires by 25% over [...]

April 11th, 2016|

Volunteer Clearinghouse- newsletter

 Click here to download the newest GVSVC newsletter Volunteers Like to Be Appreciated-Here's How!-Page 1 Summer Youth Volunteer Program-Page 1 Arizona Plans for Volunteerism-Page 2 April 22nd Workshop-Page 3 Affinity Group-Page 3   click here for April 2016 HOT OPPS

April 11th, 2016|

ADT is offering Coaching for Engagement

Upcoming event information: Coaching for Engagement BBB conference room 5151 E Broadway Blvd #100, Tucson, AZ 85711 Date: 04/28/2016 9:00 AM UTC-07:00 Are your employees disengaged? Have you tried motivation techniques and gotten little results? There are 3 key reasons why employees become disengaged. This workshop will help you understand: Why disengagement happens Techniques to create a new culture Obstacles you'll need to overcome Best practices to get employees engaged Having the tools to help your team is critical for your success and stress relief! Temporary - 'flavor of the month' solutions are temporary, and continuing to use them can erode the culture of engagement you want to build. $50 includes workshop, materials, and continental breakfast $40 for local ATD members Instructor: Terri Sinclair Terri has been an accredited coach by the ICF (International Coaching Federation) for over 7 years. She has coached hundreds of leaders in multiple industries. Her [...]

April 8th, 2016|

Nominations accepted for First Responder of Distinction Award by May 1, 2016

Congresswoman Martha McSally’s office is accepting nominations for the first-ever Southern Arizona Congressional First Responder of Distinction Award. You can nominate a firefighter, EMT, or member of law enforcement you know by filling out a nomination form and returning it to our office. Southern Arizona's first responders put their lives on the line every day to serve our community. Now, it’s our turn to recognize them! Nomination forms can be found here:https://mcsally.house.gov/…/First%20Responder%20of%20Distin… Of note, the form says the deadline is April 8, but we have extended it to May 1, 2016.

April 8th, 2016|

This is Your Raise, Establishing Your Value In the Marketplace

How do you determine your ‘true’ value in the marketplace. Join Don Zavis, National Sales Upcoming event information: This is Your Raise, Establishing Your Value In the Marketplace Encantada apartments--theater--11177 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737 Date: 04/15/2016 11:00 AM UTC-07:00 Trainer, International Keynote Speaker and an Award-Winning Sales Coach as he shares with us the tips, skills and techniques on how to have your true value “come shining thru” In this session, you will learn how to: --Determine what is of value --Create a matrix to compare your contribution to the determining value Bring a brown bag lunch. Vending machines and Savaya coffee bar on site. Don Zavis is an accomplished executive with a successful history of taking private and public organizations to new levels of sales and profitability. He has an outstanding record of hiring the highest level of sales achievers, training them to their fullest potential and [...]

April 8th, 2016|

Share Your Story for National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. As your organization celebrates National Volunteer Week, don't forget to share your activities on Twitter, Instagram or Vine using #NVW2016 to be included in Points of Light's live round up. View Points of Light’s #NVW2016 Stream here.

April 7th, 2016|

Women Making History, Building Stronger Communities and Changing Lives

March’s Women's History Month may be ending but it’s a countdown to National Volunteer Week(April 10-16, 2016) and we’re just getting started at lifting up inspiring stories of women who that have made their mark through service. Points of Light CEO Tracy Hoover reflects on the broad roster of women who have changed history – and the powerhouse brands, like L’Oreal Paris, who are adding their might to the call for gender equality and opportunity. Throughout the month of April, L’Oreal Paris is accepting nominations for the prestigious Women of Worth program.  Don’t forget to nominate an inspiring woman who is igniting social change on a local, national or global level. Read More.

April 7th, 2016|

Meet the Civic Accelerator’s Spring 2016 Class of Civic Entrepreneurs

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – recently announced the civic startups selected to participate in its Spring 2016 program. This will be the seventh cohort of the Civic Accelerator since its founding in 2012. The ventures come from across the U.S. and include for-profits and nonprofits that focus on digital and financial inclusion to help more people succeed in the digital economy. Learn more about the fourteen new cohort of entrepreneurs. If you are in Atlanta, you’re also invited to attend CivicX-Spring 2016 First Look, a Shark Tank-style event on April 14, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The newest class of the Civic Accelerator will present how they are accelerating technology adoption & financial inclusion for all to succeed in the digital economy while you – the audience – challenge each team to think bigger and [...]

April 7th, 2016|

How to Turn Millennials into Members

  How to Turn Millennials into Members   By Sarah Sladek, CEO of XYZ University   Learn: All about the Generation Y/Millennial mindset to get them interested in your organization How recent economic shifts are reshaping the membership value proposition How to create your own unique strategy and marketing tactics to target this elusive generation Today, April 7, 2016 Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM (ET)     *Can't make the live webinars? All registrants will receive a recording.     Each webinar is eligible for 1 CAE credit. You must attend the webinar to earn this credit.   P.S. This webinar is part of our Membership Growth Online Summit. Registering for today's webinar will automatically sign you up for the whole summit, where you can pick which webinars you'd like to attend. P.P.S. When you register for the summit, you also get a coupon to claim 50% off our e-course "Board Meeting Hero!"

April 7th, 2016|

Nominations taken for the First Responder of Distinction Award

Congresswoman Martha McSally’s office is accepting nominations for the first-ever Southern Arizona Congressional First Responder of Distinction Award. You can nominate a firefighter, EMT, or member of law enforcement you know by filling out a nomination form and returning it to our office. Southern Arizona's first responders put their lives on the line every day to serve our community. Now, it’s our turn to recognize them! Nomination forms can be found here:https://mcsally.house.gov/sites/mcsally.house.gov/files/First%20Responder%20of%20Distinction%20Nomination.pdf Of note, the form says the deadline is April 8, but we have extended it to May 1, 2016.

April 5th, 2016|

Doodle Pool for your opinions

Love SAVMA meetings but can't make the time??? Oops!! Our Doodle poll wasn't live!!!!! So if you thought you missed out on your chance to tell us what times and days work best for you your in luck. CLICK HERE!!!!!!!!! to participate in our very quick doodle poll, the options still don't work let us know!!!

April 5th, 2016|

2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service-Detroit Service Unites

The 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service, which provides the singular opportunity for thousands from around the world to come together to shape the future of volunteerism. Service does truly unite us. As the 2016 Host City, Detroit is a shining example of how social innovation, cross-sector collaboration and citizen engagement can drive change. We need to learn from the experts, connect with each other and get inspired along the way. We hope you enjoy your time with us and you'll leave the Conference renewed and with a new spark to unite our communities with many points of light! Get more info by clicking HERE

April 5th, 2016|

Thank you to Ken Charvoz for March’s presentation

Thank you Ken Charvoz for our wonderful presentation on using technology to our advantage and showing us first hand how simple and quick making a mission based video for our agencies can really be, often times with our very own cell phones and free resources.

April 5th, 2016|

SENDING VOLUNTEER TALENT DOWN THE DRAIN

ENERGOZE-Newsletter -April 2016 Susan tells the true story of how a photographer friend's talents are being wasted by an appealing volunteer project...and why this has important implications for designing all kinds of volunteer work. Read this month's Hot Topic.   You can subscribe to the Hot Topic as apodcast or RSS text feed - or listen to the audio online. Also, you can browse the archive of Susan's Hot Topics (since 1997!). Recognition Resources SAYING THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEERS...IN APRIL AND YEAR-ROUND In the United States and Canada, April brings National Volunteer Week, this year on April 10-16. Click on the country name to find how each nation is celebrating this year - themes, social media links, and free resources. Even if your organization does not plan any recognition activities in April, there is no reason not to use the national events to draw attention to the importance of volunteers. [...]

April 5th, 2016|

Two Free Webinars Today: Facebook Ads & Google Ads

How to Increase Members with Facebook Ads By Shiv Narayanan, Head of Marketing at Wild Apricot How much you should spend on your ads How to target your existing members on Facebook to increase event attendance How to find new members and create your own ads Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET) 1 hour away! How to Be a Google Ads Super Hero - for Charities & Nonprofits By Jason Shim & Mark Hallman, Marketing & Google Partners How to utilize Google's $10,000 grant for charities & nonprofits How to build an AdWords campaign that supports your mission, programs, marketing, and fundraising How to drive qualified traffic to your website Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET) *Can't make the live webinars? All registrants will receive a recording.   Each webinar is eligible for 1 CAE credit. You must attend the webinar to earn this credit. P.S. These two webinars are part of our [...]

April 5th, 2016|

“Run as One” on April 16, 2016

Team RWB Tucson would like to invite you all to our 5th annual Run As One event on April 16 at 0800 at Brandi Fenton Park. It is a free event (unless you'd like to buy a t-shirt or donate) where we have three different organizations coming together as one in celebration of our partnership. To register click here Here's the history behind Run As One: It is in honor of Marine veteran Clay Hunt, an original member of Team Rubicon who took his own life after battling PTSD. Team Rubicon, Team Red, White and Blue, and The Mission Continues will partner on April 16th for the 5th annual event and it serves as a celebration of a networks required to empower, unite and enrich the lives of Veterans. It will also be a symbol of leadership, action, and collaboration across the veterans support landscape within our local communities. Our Goals: United with a [...]

April 4th, 2016|

Volunteer to help prevent home fires on April 16, 2016

The American Red Cross of Southern Arizona is calling for volunteers to assist us in installing free smoke alarms in the Flowing Wells, Homer Davis Neighborhood on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. This neighborhood has been identified by our national preparedness division as at high risk for home fire related injuries and fatalities. Nationally, seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires. The American Red Cross is addressing the issue directly through our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aimed at reducing fatality and injury due to house fires by 25% over the next 4 years or by 2019. A Family Plea to help Prevent Fires Other helpful links: Here is a quick look at a typical smoke alarm canvas and install: How it Works You can find out [...]

April 4th, 2016|

Non-profit Engagement with the University of AZ

Would you like to engage University of Arizona students with your Non-profit for a "higher level thinking activity" that is at least 45 hours? Is your agency interested in connecting through the 100% Engagement Initiative at UA, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. If yes then please contact  Megan Forecki at mforecki@email.arizona.edu

April 1st, 2016|

Run as One event on April 18th at Brandy Fenton Park

Support a great cause: Run As One event on April 16 at 0800 at Brandi Fenton Park. Register Here: https://www.crowdrise.com/aztucson1/fundraiser/aztucson Here's the history behind Run As One: It is in honor of Marine veteran Clay Hunt, an original member of Team Rubicon who took his own life after battling PTSD. Team Rubicon, Team Red, White and Blue, and The Mission Continues will partner on April 16th for the 5th annual event and it serves as a celebration of a networks required to empower, unite and enrich the lives of Veterans. It will also be a symbol of leadership, action, and collaboration across the veterans support landscape within our local communities. Goals: United with a Common Purpose 1) Build strong, united communities around America's veterans. 2) Demonstrate leadership by driving collaboration and a proactive approach to veterans' services. 3) Raise awareness of the challenges and positive solutions facing our nation's veterans. About the [...]

April 1st, 2016|

Strategic Volunteerism Webinar

Volunteerism is increasingly becoming the core around which companies build employee engagement strategies and programs. But many nonprofits feel challenged when it comes to offering meaningful volunteer opportunities. To avoid harming valued corporate relationships, nonprofits feel obligated to use corporate volunteers – even if that means having them paint the same wall a seventh time. In this webinar, attendees will learn how to move corporate-nonprofit relationships from transactional to strategically focused partnerships that better serve the goals of all involved. Discussion with: Jim Starr COO & Chief Business Development Officer, America’s Charities Ryan Scott CEO & Founder of Causecast Ryan Pitts Business Development Manager, America's Charities  Register      Causecast is a powerful cause engagement platform that brings ease, impact and fun to employee volunteer and giving programs.

April 1st, 2016|

Job Posting for Resource Development for Administrative Assistant for CFC

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Human Resources by Friday, April 8th. Jane S DeNigris, PHR, SHRM-CP Human Resources Generalist United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Office 520-903-3941   jdenigris@unitedwaytucson.org UNITED WAY OF TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA Position Description  Administrative Assistant, Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Full time, FLSA Non-Exempt March 28, 2016 until February 28, 2017 Job Summary: Reporting to the Arizona Combined Federal Campaign Manager. This position provides administrative and organizational support for the Arizona Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  This position requires initiative, creativity, independent judgment and decision-making, and the ability to assume responsibility for outcomes with minimal direction.  The job also requires familiarity with all federal regulations, memorandum and directives governing the CFC. The Arizona CFC is a workplace fundraising campaign that gives federal employees the opportunity to support local charities.  The campaign is administered by the [...]

April 1st, 2016|

Nominate A Champion!!!!

Nominate a Champion today! Do you know someone who is working to make the future brighter for children and families in Arizona? Nominate them for a Champions for Children & Families Award! Champions for Children & Families 2016 Tuesday, April 19, 2016 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Reid Park 445 S. Alvernon Way Tucson, Arizona Click here to download the nomination form. Martha K. Rothman Lifetime Achievement Award This individual or group has a long history of diligently championing the issues of children and families. They have had a significant impact with far-reaching results, and have successfully made today a better place for Arizona children. Champion for Children & Families Award This individual or group has been an inspiration in their work for a better world for children and their families. Their creative, hands-on, advocacy has spanned over many years. They have brought about a positive change in the lives of Arizona children. [...]

February 25th, 2016|

AZ GIves Day is Coming Soon!!!

Arizona Gives Day is coming soon! For the full webinar training schedule and recordings, visitazgives.org. Arizona Gives Day 2016 is right around the corner – make sure your organization is putting its best face forward. Sign up for our next webinar to learn how to make your account stand out: Building Out Your Profile Wednesday, February 24th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

February 25th, 2016|

Focus Group to assist the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism

Dear Volunteer Coordinators & Managers, You are cordially invited to participate in an upcoming Focus Group to assist the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism with the development of a new 2016-2019 State Service Plan for Arizona. The Focus Group will be approximately two hours in length and will provide you with an opportunity to share your perceptions, opinions, ideas and experience regarding the current and future state of service and volunteerism in your area and in Arizona.  When completed, the State Service Plan will set forth goals, priorities, and strategies for promoting service and volunteerism, leveraging National Service resources to address community needs, and strengthen the state's service and volunteerism infrastructure. We ask that you consider participating: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 2:30 pm -4:30 pm United Way Board Room 330 N. Commerce Park Loop, Suite 200 Tucson To confirm your participation by February 17th, 2016 RSVP to Tracy Sullivan, tsullivan@unitedwaytucson.org [...]

February 10th, 2016|

Points of Light News Digest-Feb 9, 2016

generatonOn is Raising Awareness for Worldwide Literacy-Here's How You can Help!   Click here for the details Throughout February, generationOn, Points of Light’s youth division, is raising awareness of the 775 million people in the world who lack access to basic literacy. They are mobilizing an army of passionate youth to help arm the next generation with this essential skill!  

February 9th, 2016|

All right, we need to talk about nonprofit salaries

Read an interesting article by clicking here Last month, one of my friends told me she was making 70K as a waitress at a fancy restaurant. She quit because she didn’t find it satisfying, and took a pay cut to work as a community organizer......

February 9th, 2016|

Learning from Conflict Workshop for Professionals who work with Volunteers

You are invited to attend the Learning from Conflict Workshop for Professionals who work with Volunteers on Feb. 26th When: Feb 26, 2016 from 1-3:00 pm Where: Joyner Green Valley Library, 601 N La Canada Drive (southwest corner of La Canada & Desert Bell), Green Valley, AZ 85614 "Volunteer management is all about working with people and when people work together conflict is inevitable. This workshop addresses strategies for how to learn from conflict and move through it." It will touch on such topics as approaching a volunteer in an uncomfortable situation, how to deal with a volunteer who has "gone rogue," and building teams. It will be a very interactive workshop. The workshop leader is Sharon Tewsksbury-Bloom from the Northern Arizona University Civic Service Institute. She is an award-winning speaker who has presented programs on the national and state-wide basis. RSVP by emailing: Diane Diamond, 520-625-1150 x 108 at [...]

February 8th, 2016|

How to Build an Amazing Volunteer Recruitment Strategy

Expert Webinar Series-Wild Apricot Sometimes getting members to step up to the "next level" of involvement is a real challenge.  So what can you do to change that?  Sign up today to reserve your spot? http://www.wildapricot.com/academy/expert-webinar-series In this FREE EXPERT webinar, you will: Discover the difference between traditional “recruitment” strategies and volunteer “attraction” Learn how to make volunteering irresistible to new and existing members Find out how to create the perfect mix of Appreciation, Recognition, Incentive and Reward, to push volunteers to the “next level” Adopt new and powerful organizational strategies that cultivate future leaders and long-term success   Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016Time: 3:00 PM (ET) / 12:00 PM (PT)

February 8th, 2016|

Monthly SAVMA Meeting for January 2016

Invest in Your Professional Growth!   MONTHLY SAVMA MEETING 2016 The next SAVMA meeting is on Wednesday, January 13th from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at Habitat for Humanity (3501 N. Mountain Ave (85719). Join us as our own, Diane Haeger, brings us into the New Year with her wise and knowing ways! New Year, New Ideas: Creating a Vision for Your Program and Yourself. Come start the New Year with your SAVMA colleagues looking at old problems in a new way. We will spend a little time looking at different approaches to problem solving, brainstorming and idea generation—then we will spend most of our time practicing with each other using our own real-life issues. Come share your obstacles and opportunities with others who really get what it’s like to work with volunteers, docents, interns and administrators. Leave energized with new ideas to make 2016 the year you envision!      

December 30th, 2015|

SAVMA Holiday Luncheon

Whether Your Naughty or Nice Its time for SAVMA's Annual Holiday Luncheon Wednesday, December 16, 2016 from 11:30am-1:00pm All Members and Non-Members invited!!   Habitat For Humanity: 3501 N Mountain Ave 85719 Please RSVP to Gina by Friday, December 11, 2016  by phone: 321-3704 x153 by email: ghansen@hssaz.org $15 fee if you are not a paid member       Catered by Little Mexico (vegetarian options) Raffle Great conversation

November 19th, 2015|