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DOC Deadline Looms for 2024

DOC Deadline Looms for 2024 Projects submitted by July 12th will be entered into the early bird drawing, in which one agency will receive a $500 stipend instead of the standard $100 stipend. DOC deadline looms for 2024>>> Step 1. Block the days on your organization calendar for the entire agency. Days of Caring is November 1st and 2nd Step 2. Review the Days of Caring Project Submission Best Practices Guide discuss your final project ideas with other departments as required- fund development, programs, finance, or administration. Gather support and buy-in. Step 3. Submit a Days of Caring Project  at the *Brand NEW Special Days of Caring Golden Link 2024>>> *IMPORTANT – ALL Days of Caring project must use the above link.  Even if you have an existing account on the UW Volunteer website, you need to use that link. The required DOC - Organization Release and Waiver of Liability [...]

  • Volunteer Engagement Defined and Measured

Volunteer Engagement Defined and Measured

Volunteer Engagement Defined and Measured Volunteerism is flourishing globally, even while volunteers sit untapped and underutilized. Volunteer engagement defined and measured opens the door to standard benchmarks across the profession, at least locally. Apples and oranges make a nice visual for comparative data, but how about volunteers and headcounts? If there is a common language and shared understanding of metrics, then comparative metrics are not out of the possibility. Defining Volunteerism The prevailing definition of "volunteer" in the United States, comes from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at the U.S. Department of Labor. Volunteer: An individual who performs hours of service for a public agency for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons, without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation for services rendered, is considered to be a volunteer during such hours. "To understand how the economy is functioning and changing over time requires measuring and valuing all productive unpriced labor [...]

By |June 3rd, 2024|Categories: Learning and Development, Resources and Samples, SAVMA Programs|Tags: , |Comments Off on Volunteer Engagement Defined and Measured
  • Forget the Elevator Pitch - a picture of elevator doors with a quote over it.

Forget the Elevator Pitch

Forget the Elevator Pitch Forget the elevator pitch, volunteer engagement professionals should rely on three big questions to tell your story. Before we get straight to the questions, let's be clear, the pitch does offer a helpful crafting concept that we shouldn't disregard. So we should start with the concept for those that are not familiar. The pitch concept, goes something like this...I'm a nonprofit employee/founder and I jump on an elevator. I am joined by a billionaire who seeing my name tag says, "I see you are with XYZ nonprofit, tell me about it." Nothing short of an Oscar worthy performance occurs in that 30 second elevator ride. Did I convince my companion to pull out his checkbook before the end of the ride? Even with a fresh take on the concept...swap elevator to Starbucks line, and checkbook to Zelle...it still isn't working for us. Partly because what we [...]

By |May 3rd, 2024|Categories: Connect with Your Peers, Learning and Development|Comments Off on Forget the Elevator Pitch
  • Simple volunteer appreciation help sign in a doctors waiting room with a chair and magazines in a basket on the floor

Simple Volunteer Appreciation Help

Simple Volunteer Appreciation Help Global Volunteer Month begins April 1st every year, and if you are new to volunteer engagement, or find yourself with a backlog, simple volunteer appreciation help is top priority. Appreciation is an important tool in a Volunteer Engagement Professional's (VEP) retention toolbox. A simple act of appreciation can be the most memorable. The thank you note Customized, handwritten notes from a direct supervisor have the highest appreciation value. After reviewing your unduplicated 13 month volunteer roster, decide if you have the capacity to make this happen. If your roster is larger than 25 notes per employee supervisor, consider one of the following quick options: Take a photo of the staff holding thank you signs, "we love volunteers" or something personal to your organization. Upload the image Walgreens.com and use any of the photo postcard designs on the "Mail for Me." If you use a Retail Me [...]

By |April 1st, 2024|Categories: Resources and Samples|Tags: |Comments Off on Simple Volunteer Appreciation Help
  • Voluntary Self-Identification Form picture of smiling group of diverse individuals in business attire

Voluntary Self-Identification Form

Voluntary Self-Identification Form Does your volunteer application include a "voluntary self-identification form" to collect demographic, economic, cultural, and social information? Is it damaging your recruitment efforts? Maybe it is helping? Was it there before you arrived? This is the case for one such Volunteer Engagement Professional, who has a few questions. While holding one VEP's confidentiality, we agree these are valuable questions and our discussion might spark more interest. Why the Voluntary Self- Identification Form? Congress established the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEO compliance effort may have birthed the Voluntary Self-identification (VSI) form. Many nonprofit agencies adopted the form over the years as part of federal contract compliance, representing efforts of non-discrimination in hiring practices. The Society of Human Resources Managers has also adopted this form, and variations of this form as a standard of practice. [...]

By |March 26th, 2024|Categories: Member Feedback, Member Share, Resources and Samples|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Voluntary Self-Identification Form
  • Networking is Volunteer Engagement Gold

Networking is Volunteer Engagement Gold

Networking is Volunteer Engagement Gold Networking is Volunteer Engagement gold and we have the key strategies to meet your outreach and recruitment goals. With volunteer recruitment being the biggest need within the profession, developing your networking skills might be your solution. SAVMA's Roundtable Discussion on Networking identified key strategies: Key Strategy: Do your homework Before you attend an event, find out who will be in the room. If you cannot find out the specific individuals, get a general sense of the audience demographics from the host so you can build a plan. If you are attending a Chamber of Commerce event, you might want to meet business professionals that can join your Board of Directors. Compare that to attending a Public Health Awareness event where your goal might be to meet professionals of industry for your advocacy team. Getting a sense of who will be attending an event, or who [...]

By |March 7th, 2024|Categories: Connect with Your Peers|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Networking is Volunteer Engagement Gold
  • Partners Call to Action

Partners: Call to Action

Partners: Call to Action Our in-box is full this month with partners call to action including voter registration deadlines, survey requests, pre-conference sessions and Virtual Conferences! There are deadlines looming so let's make this quick and easy for your punch lists. Call to Action: Apply for State AmeriCorps! Applications for the AmeriCorps State Formula Grant (RFGA#: RFGA-FOR-GOYFF-080124-00) are now being accepted. Approximately $4 million will be awarded to programs throughout Arizona to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions/practices that extend organizational capacity to address critical community needs in one of six AmeriCorps focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and services for veterans and military families. Organizations awarded AmeriCorps funding will be responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision, and management of AmeriCorps members. We suggest you collaborate with fund development and HR to divide the work. Do not leave funding on the table>>>>> Call [...]

By |February 7th, 2024|Categories: VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Partners: Call to Action
  • Sandra Wong: Volunteer Recognition

Sandra Wong: Volunteer Recognition

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

By |January 17th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sandra Wong: Volunteer Recognition
  • Heather Volpe Community Service Recognition

Heather Volpe: Community Service Recognition

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

By |January 17th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , |Comments Off on Heather Volpe: Community Service Recognition
  • Zainab Rana Community Service Recognition Children's Museum Tucson

Zainab Rana: Community Service Recognition

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

By |January 16th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: |Comments Off on Zainab Rana: Community Service Recognition
  • Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition

Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition

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

By |January 15th, 2024|Categories: Member Share, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition
  • Eric Majchrzak: Community Service Recognition

Eric Majchrzak: Community Service Recognition

Eric Majchrzak: Community Service Recognition Eric Majchrzak, Community Service Recognition recipient from ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation willingly gives his time and experience. He helps grow the Center’s Leadership Council into a collection of champions, who fully align to advance the mission. As a result of Eric’s leadership, our Center realizes greater levels of achievement and impact than ever in our 25-year history. Eric is a volunteer extraordinaire. He leads our Leadership Council, the constituted board of our Center, with humility. His purpose-driven approach successfully engages others. Nothing speaks to Eric’s abilities as a volunteer leader more than his contributions over the past 18 months, by guiding our Center’s strategic efforts. During that time-frame, Eric led an extensive planning effort to assure our long-term relevancy and sustainability. His keen understanding of how to shape the future by placing a premium on listening to stake holders. Accordingly, this [...]

By |January 14th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eric Majchrzak: Community Service Recognition
  • Larry Housner: Community Service Recognition

Community Food Bank Honors Larry Housner Community Service Recognition

Larry Housner Community Service Recognition The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona would like to present their 2024 honoree Larry Housner, Community Service Recognition. We are proud to express our deepest gratitude to Larry Housner for his outstanding dedication and unwavering commitment to the mission. Since March of 2020, Larry has been an invaluable member of our volunteer team, standing out as a shining example of selflessness and compassion. One remarkable aspect of Larry's service is the amount of time and effort he has dedicated to our cause. Over the course of his volunteer journey, Larry has generously contributed over 1582 hours of his time. This remarkable commitment goes beyond, highlighting his passion for serving our community. Throughout the challenges posed by the pandemic, Larry has consistently demonstrated his loyalty and passion for serving others. His steadfast support in our Emergency Food Distribution efforts has been nothing short of exceptional. [...]

By |January 13th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: |Comments Off on Community Food Bank Honors Larry Housner Community Service Recognition

Art Hoffman: Community Service Recognition

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

By |January 12th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: |Comments Off on Art Hoffman: Community Service Recognition

Fredericka Hills: Community Service Recognition

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

By |January 11th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: |Comments Off on Fredericka Hills: Community Service Recognition
  • Picture of smiling volunteer Jennifer Gust: Community Service Recognition

Jennifer Gust: Community Service Recognition

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

By |January 10th, 2024|Categories: Member Share, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , |Comments Off on Jennifer Gust: Community Service Recognition
  • Aimee Graves Community Service Recognition

Aimee Graves: Community Service Recognition

Aimee Graves: Community Service Recognition As the CEO of The Haven, Aimee Graves: Community Service Recognition was a perfect fit.  is a nonprofit professional who selflessly invests in emerging leaders through her volunteer work with Community Foundation for Southern Arizona's Center for Healthy Nonprofits. She imparts lessons learned, and offers expert guidance. Her legacy of generosity inspires a mentorship pathway for nonprofit leaders today and into the future. Supporting her peers through volunteerism is what makes Aimee a stand out. Aimee engages in community volunteerism serving on advisory boards for the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women and the Frances McClelland Institute. She previously co-chaired Women United for UWTSA, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson. Graves is a graduate of Greater Tucson Leadership, Class of 2019. Her Day Job She joined The Haven in February 2022 as their Executive Director, bringing over 15 [...]

By |January 9th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Aimee Graves: Community Service Recognition

Community Service Recognition: James Geringer

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

By |January 8th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , |Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: James Geringer
  • Community Service Recognition: Linda Down Reid Park Zoo Docent

Community Service Recognition: Linda Down

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

By |January 7th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors, Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Linda Down
  • Gabriela Cervantes Community Service Recognition

Gabriela Cervantes: Community Service Recognition

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

By |January 6th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: |Comments Off on Gabriela Cervantes: Community Service Recognition
  • Community Service Recognition: Alexis Carreon

Community Service Recognition: Alexis Carreon

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

By |January 5th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , |Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Alexis Carreon
  • Mark Brown Community Service Recognition

Mark Brown: Community Service Recognition

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

By |January 4th, 2024|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: |Comments Off on Mark Brown: Community Service Recognition
  • Melissa Acuna Junior Achievement of Arizona

Community Service Recognition: Melissa Acuña

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

By |January 3rd, 2024|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: |Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Melissa Acuña

Volunteerism is a Values Proposition Match for Sponsors

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

By |January 3rd, 2024|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on Volunteerism is a Values Proposition Match for Sponsors
  • Keynote Nicole R Smith

Keynote Nicole R Smith

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

By |January 2nd, 2024|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Events, SAVMA Programs|Tags: , |Comments Off on Keynote Nicole R Smith
  • Introducing AmeriCorps Member Lillian hiking in the Gila Wilderness, AZ

Introducing AmeriCorps Member Lillian

Introducing AmeriCorps Member Lillian Through a partnership with Arizona Serve, SAVMA leadership is introducing AmeriCorps member Lillian Ledner to our members. Lillian was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, where she attended Mountain View High School, and graduated in 2008. She attends Pima Community College, and proudly is an 8- year Crew Member at Trader Joes. Markedly, inspired by a volunteer experience through the Jett Foundation at Camp Promise, Lillian committed to pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. In her free time, she teaches West Coast Swing dancing. Her adventurous love of the outdoors includes activities like hiking, camping, fishing, jumping out of planes, and trying any new activity or opportunity. She enjoys meeting new people and helping others find their passions, consequently making her well suited for volunteer engagement work (noted Gina Hansen in the interview). Arizona Serve, a program of Prescott College, places AmeriCorps members with local organizations to [...]

By |December 26th, 2023|Categories: Member Share, Member Stories, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Introducing AmeriCorps Member Lillian
  • Career Growth Through Professional Associations

Career Growth Through Professional Associations

Career Growth Through Professional Associations How much time should one invest weekly in a professional association? What do you need to ensure maximum career growth through professional associations? How do you choose the right associations? It turns out there is some pretty good recommendations out there to light our paths as Volunteer Managers in this area. Business Network International (BNI) founder, Dr. Ivan Misner, suggests that successful networkers spend between 8-10 hours per week networking in a professional setting. Dr. Misner, shared at length his experience and his research on professional networks in the BNI Podcast, Episode 528: How Many Networks, How Many Hours?  Networking is part of Professional Development Harvard Business Review, LinkedIn, Indeed, and Google all agree that networking and professional development time should be between 5-10 hours per week. Some of this time is dedicated to "knowledge acquisition" and some of this time is dedicated to "skills [...]

By |December 9th, 2023|Categories: Learning and Development|Tags: |Comments Off on Career Growth Through Professional Associations
  • National Volunteer Management Insights Survey

National Volunteer Management Insights Survey

National Volunteer Management Insights Survey SAVMA is calling all leaders of volunteers to participate in this national volunteer management insights survey. This is VolunteerPro’s 2024 Volunteer Management Progress Report, their ninth annual survey! As they navigate the dynamic landscape of our sector, everyone is eager to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current state of affairs. Your valuable input is crucial to discovering the most current trends in volunteer engagement. Why Participate? This survey serves as a pulse check for the field of volunteerism by providing a nuanced view of challenges, trends, and opportunities. By taking a few minutes to complete the survey, you contribute to a collective intelligence that guides our industry's evolution. Survey Link: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/OqCzf5 Survey Deadline: Friday, January 1, 2024 @5pm EST Your Data Matters: Rest assured, your responses are confidential and anonymous. The aggregated data will be utilized to generate an industry report, providing a comprehensive [...]

By |December 1st, 2023|Categories: Member Feedback, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on National Volunteer Management Insights Survey
  • Presenting the Public Allies Arizona 2024

Presenting the Public Allies Arizona 2024

Presenting Public Allies Arizona 2024 SAVMA Leadership takes pleasure in presenting the Public Allies Arizona 2023-2024 class to the volunteer engagement professionals of Southern Arizona. The AmeriCorps program is operated by the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, unquestionably, a valued civic partner of volunteer managers. Therefore, Public Allies Arizona is a perfect addition to the service programs SAVMA is proud to promote. Building a Brighter Future: Public Allies Arizona Kickstarts Their 2023-2024 Program Year Authored by: Lou Haiduk (she, her) A new cohort of Public Allies has embarked on a transformative journey. Public Allies Arizona, a program of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, is part of the national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership capacities of all people. This group of emerging leaders in Greater Tucson and Phoenix communities is dedicating the next 10 months of [...]

By |November 17th, 2023|Categories: Member Share, Member Stories|Comments Off on Presenting the Public Allies Arizona 2024

CSR Awards Deadline Extended to 11/15

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

By |November 9th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on CSR Awards Deadline Extended to 11/15
  • International Volunteer Managers Day 2023

International Volunteer Managers Day 2023

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

By |November 5th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on International Volunteer Managers Day 2023
  • 2024 Proposed SAVMA Leadership

2024 Proposed SAVMA Leadership

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

By |November 1st, 2023|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events|Comments Off on 2024 Proposed SAVMA Leadership
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4 minute- willing and able survey!

4 minute- willing and able survey! Members, did you take the "willing and able survey?" The adage it take a village to raise a child, serves rather well when talking about the care of a membership association. The question before you as a member today is, are you willing and able to serve your profession? There survey is not meant to make members feel bad, but rather to identify barriers to leadership and remove them. Willingness Members might be very willing to serve, but completely lack the ability. This could be the case, but we cannot guess. Tell us! That is all we are asking. Take two minutes and tell us you are willing, but not able. Perhaps you are not willing, because you do not like the current leadership. That is ok too. Be honest, the survey is anonymous. Maybe you even think SAVMA is a waste of time. [...]

By |October 26th, 2023|Categories: Learning and Development, Member Feedback|Comments Off on 4 minute- willing and able survey!
  • 5 Must-Dos for Every C-Suite Leader

C-Suite Must-Dos for your Volunteer Program

C-Suite Must-Dos for your Volunteer Program October is a big volunteer month These C-Suite must-dos for your volunteer program will remind you why you need SAVMA and why your volunteer engagement professionals depend on the association. Members of the volunteer management community are hard at work at recruitment events, fundraisers, interviews, orientations, planning meetings, outreach events, and conferences. Well, actually that sounds like a lot. Unfortunately, since the pandemic this breakneck pace has become the volunteer management way. Volunteer management professionals continue to operate at emergency levels of activity with no end in site. Below are a few must-do actions to take right now to show your support and to help ease the burden. C-Suite Must Dos Right Now Discuss SAVMA Leadership positions with your volunteer engagement staff and why you support their 2024 participation. Without your support of their professional development they will not be able to prioritize this. [...]

By |October 2nd, 2023|Categories: Learning and Development, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on C-Suite Must-Dos for your Volunteer Program
  • Victoria Carlson-Foscz, to receive the 2023 Volunteer Administrator Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA).

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

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

By |September 17th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on 2023 Volunteer Administrator Award- An overdue award for a truly committed CVA!
  • Caterpillar Tucson Regional Offices, is being awarded the 2023 Corporate Volunteerism Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA).

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

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

By |September 17th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on 2023 Corporate Volunteerism Award- Focus on leadership development is core to Caterpillar’s mission!
  • Chrisie Ballard, a Board Member on the Junior Achievement of Arizona – Southern District, Board of Directors, is being awarded the 2023 Volunteer Board Member Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA).

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

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

By |September 17th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on 2023 Volunteer Board Member Award- a leader that believes in wearing all the hats!

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

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

By |September 17th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on 2023 Nonprofit Volunteer Program Award- volunteers that literally build a better community
  • 2023 SAVMA Youth Volunteer Award- Donation drive yields $2.6K for domestic shelter

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

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

By |September 16th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on 2023 Youth Volunteer Award- Donation drive yields $2.6K for domestic shelter
  • 2023 Program Volunteer Awardee David L Tabb, CASA

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

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

By |September 11th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on SAVMA 2023 Program Volunteer Award!- This volunteer was seen going the distance-
  • Level up your leadership! SAVMA leadership positions are open for 2024

SAVMA 2024 Leadership – Raise Your Professional Game!

SAVMA 2024 Leadership: apply by 9/30 SAVMA 2024 leadership on your mind? Never been on a board before? That's ok, a professional association is a great organization to start. You can start in any position and catch on quickly due to the size of the organization and the support you have from the prior year's boards. This process is called institutionalization. What is means is there are lots of materials available to you so you won't be "reinventing the wheel." So you might have questions about serving in a leadership position, like why do you keep saying leadership instead of board member? We say leadership because you might end up serving on a committee, or chairing an event, but not serving on the board. All of those volunteers will still be a part of the SAVMA 2024 leadership team. Here are some more Frequently Asked Questions! SAVMA 2024 Leadership Process [...]

By |September 2nd, 2023|Categories: Learning and Development, Member Share|Comments Off on SAVMA 2024 Leadership – Raise Your Professional Game!
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September AL!VE Academy: Volunteer Recruitment Is No Answer

SAVMA Member Benefit Alert! "Volunteer recruitment is no answer" is presented by AL!VE through their Academy series. SAVMA is an Association Member of AL!VE and SAVMA members are able to attend Academy sessions as a Membership Benefit. Please be sure your SAVMA account is in good standing and your name is listed as a contact on the account to register. Presented by Rob Jackson September 20, 7AM MST Everyone knows recruitment can be tricky now, post lockdowns etc.. But the answer isn’t simply trying harder to recruit. We need better, more flexible, opportunities that fit with people’s interests, motivations and availabilities. We need a culture in our organizations that welcomes and nurtures the potential of volunteers, not one that seems them as being nice but not essential. This isn’t just down to the Volunteer Engagement Professional - everyone needs to embrace it. In short we need to see change in [...]

By |August 12th, 2023|Categories: Learning and Development, Member Share|Comments Off on September AL!VE Academy: Volunteer Recruitment Is No Answer
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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, [...]

By |July 30th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on New study finds benefits to volunteering in late life

Research study on Volunteer Administrators- Participants Needed

Research study on Volunteer Administrators Career pathways We encourage SAVMA members are to participate in a research study on Volunteer Administrators career pathways. The study is being conducted by Dr. Allison Russell, an Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. Along with her doctoral research assistant, Kayla Parker, they are conducting a research study to investigate the career pathways of volunteer administrators. They seek to examine what leads individuals to enter the volunteer administration profession and their subsequent professional development experiences in the field. The goal of this research study is to improve our understanding of the volunteer administration profession through an exploration of the perspectives of volunteer administrators. From the desk of Dr. Allison Russell Dear SAVMA Members! We want to learn directly from volunteer administrators through in-depth virtual interviews, and we are hoping that you will consider participating. During the interview, [...]

By |July 21st, 2023|Categories: Learning and Development, Member Feedback|Comments Off on Research study on Volunteer Administrators- Participants Needed
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SAVMA Awards 2024 Nominate Now

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

By |July 6th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on SAVMA Awards 2024 Nominate Now
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Career Pathways for Volunteer Engagement Professionals Survey

Career Pathways for Volunteer Engagement Professionals Survey There is a lack of data on career pathways for volunteer engagement professionals, causing many professionals to leave the field in search of other advancement opportunities. Our Association partner, AL!VE, has a goal to create a Career Pathways Report that will demonstrate the various job levels within our field and the competencies and skills for each level. This will give practitioners and employers a roadmap of progression.  SAVMA Members we need your participation in the career pathways for volunteer engagement professionals survey.   We hope to use this data as validated evidence for the job of the volunteer engagement professional to be officially recognized by the Department of Labor (DOL) in the Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/. When DOL conducts its next revision to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), we intend to heavily advocate for the addition of this role! This means, [...]

By |April 11th, 2023|Categories: Member Feedback, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Career Pathways for Volunteer Engagement Professionals Survey
  • Rob Jackson is Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd

AL!VE Conference- SAVMA Saves the Date

AL!VE Conference- SAVMA Saves the Date October 17th AL!VE announces its conference theme "Leveraging Technology in a Human World: Inclusively, Responsibly, and Creatively."  Each new generation of volunteers is very different from the ones before them. How do we prepare our policies, programs and recruitment in an inclusive, responsible, and creative way that looks to leverage technology in a human world? AL!VE taps Rob Jackson facilitator Rob Jackson is Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd. His consultancy and training company engages and inspires people to bring about change. He has almost 30 years experience working in the voluntary and community sector. Holding a variety of strategic development and senior management roles he focused on leading and engaging volunteers. Since 2011, Rob has worked with a wide range of clients in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the USA and Canada. He is co-author of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook (DSC, [...]

By |April 10th, 2023|Categories: Learning and Development, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on AL!VE Conference- SAVMA Saves the Date

Service Enterprise Initiative Recommended

Service Enterprise Initiative recommended by SAVMA to all members. SEI certification is a way to increase the impact of volunteerism in our community. ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is offering this certificate of distinction and its nationally recognized designation of excellence in organizational volunteer integration. Together with AL!VE and Points of Light organizations will gain access to proprietary content and research, including a robust resource library with trends and reports about how best to engage and manage volunteers. Service Enterprise Initiative recommended for these Key Benefits Access to a research-based program which according to research by the TCC Group will transform your organization into one of the top 11% of nonprofits in volunteer management and organizational performance. A diagnostic evaluation of current volunteer engagement practices with customized recommendations for improvement. 16 hours of training focused on change-management and volunteer engagement strategies and best practices. 15-20 hours of individualized coaching and the support of a [...]

By |March 21st, 2023|Categories: Learning and Development, Resources and Samples, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Service Enterprise Initiative Recommended
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SAVMA Volunteer Fair 2023 April 20th- Registration Now Open

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

By |March 20th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on SAVMA Volunteer Fair 2023 April 20th- Registration Now Open
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Volunteer Administrator Skills Assessment- Now Open

7 Industry Standards and their Competencies The "Body of Knowledge and Competency Framework" by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) provide the questions for the volunteer administrator skills assessment. The 7 standards are listed below as reference before you begin the survey: Plan for Strategic Volunteer Engagement Advocate for Volunteer Involvement Attract and Onboard a Volunteer Workforce Prepare Volunteers for their Roles Document Volunteer Involvement Manage Volunteer Performance and Impact Acknowledge, Celebrate and Sustain Volunteer Involvement Volunteer Administrator Skills Assessment The survey is open to all Volunteer Management professionals in SAVMA's area. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete the survey. This assessment is for Volunteer Administrators or those whose primary duties are the recruitment, supervision and retention of volunteers. It is NOT an assessment of volunteerism within an organization, but rather an assessment of the skills of individual Volunteer Administrators. You do not need to be a [...]

By |March 1st, 2023|Categories: Member Feedback|Comments Off on Volunteer Administrator Skills Assessment- Now Open
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2023 Proposed Leadership

2023 Proposed Leadership The 2023 proposed leadership slate of officers and directors are on the agenda for the February 16, 2023 meeting of the general membership. At the annual meeting in 2023 the vote for officers was postponed for additional recruitment efforts. All things considered, a heroic effort was made in 2022 to complete this task onetime. Nominations may be made from the floor at that time, or by submitting interest to SAVMA email. A simple majority of members present may vote on the slate. Members may submit a proxy no less than 24 hours before the election. Officers Jennifer Lohse (President): Jennifer has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years in a variety of leadership and executive roles. She holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics). As the Vice President and External Relations of the "Tucson Foundations," she works [...]

By |February 4th, 2023|Categories: SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on 2023 Proposed Leadership

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

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

By |September 1st, 2022|Categories: SAVMA Events, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Join Us for The Annual AL!VE Conference October 18th 9:30am-5:00pm

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 [...]

By |June 13th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on What’s the Deal with Volunteer Engagement Surveys?
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Volunteer event opportunity: Stamp Out Hunger

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

By |April 29th, 2022|Categories: Member Share, SAVMA Events|Comments Off on Volunteer event opportunity: Stamp Out Hunger
  • Volunteer Appreciation Ideas for National Volunteer Week Appreciation 2022

Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

Volunteer Appreciation Ideas How To: Appreciate Your Volunteers It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and in honor of the occasion, we have volunteer appreciation ideas and tips to share showing your volunteers they matter -- this week, and always.  While showing appreciation for volunteers is a nice thing to do, it also benefits the recipient and the organization. Intentionally building recognition into your organization’s culture motivates volunteers and can help you retain them—and even attract new ones.  How does volunteer appreciation benefit you, your volunteers, and your organization? Volunteer appreciation increases morale. Even a simple "thank you" or "good job" from a supervisor can go a long way in making a person feel confident and proud in their job, as can more significant rewards. That confidence and pride can help make an even better volunteer. Volunteer appreciation enables you to keep good help and attract more. Recognition encourages the best people [...]

By |April 18th, 2022|Categories: Learning and Development, Resources and Samples|Comments Off on Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

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 [...]

By |March 15th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Resources from the Pima County Library
  • SAVMA Awards and Volunteer Fair 2022 and 2023

SAVMA Awards and Volunteer Fair 2022 and 2023

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

By |December 15th, 2021|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on SAVMA Awards and Volunteer Fair 2022 and 2023
  • Tips for Navigating Holiday Volunteers

Tips for Navigating Holiday Volunteers

Tips for Navigating Holiday Volunteers Holidays encompass many things, including a time of service and giving.  Many people want to give back to their community through volunteer service and as volunteer managers, we should support these volunteers just the same as we support our existing volunteers. Here are some tips for navigating holiday volunteers so they feel welcome in your organization. 5 Tips for Navigating One-Time Holiday Volunteers Prepare the Staff  Single-day volunteers are likely full of questions and it can be a barrier if only the Volunteer Manager knows the answers. Prepare the staff with a document about the volunteer positions and some general FAQ questions and answers about the volunteer event. Chances are, people will also call your organization to learn more, so prep your front-office staff as much as possible!  Be Clear in your Expectations Single-day volunteers may not be familiar with your organization or the event, [...]

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Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Volunteer Manager

  In honor of International Volunteer Managers Day, we celebrate the achievements of the leaders of volunteers. These are the individuals recruit, train, and engage volunteers throughout the year. They also troubleshoot countless issues that arise, plan stellar events, and implement ways to show appreciation for the service of committed individuals. Volunteer Managers are essential to every organization that utilizes volunteers and NOVEMBER 5TH is a day to recognize that.  Here are some ideas to help your volunteer management teams feel appreciated: Budget friendly Write a thank you email and CC a supervisor.  A lot of work volunteer managers do goes unnoticed. You can help by writing your volunteer management team a thank you note for a job well done and copying their supervisor. Be specific about the ways that they encourage you in your role.  Write a card. Writing a thank you card is always a great way to [...]

By |October 31st, 2021|Categories: Resources and Samples|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Volunteer Manager
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Join SAVMA’s Host Site for the AL!VE Hybrid Conference

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

By |October 7th, 2021|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Events, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Join SAVMA’s Host Site for the AL!VE Hybrid Conference
  • SAVMA Volunteer Fair

SOUTHERN ARIZONA VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT AND CELEBRATION FAIR

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

By |August 31st, 2021|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Events|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on SOUTHERN ARIZONA VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT AND CELEBRATION FAIR
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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 [...]

By |August 16th, 2021|Categories: Resources and Samples, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Reframing Networking: Creating Intentional Relationships

5 Tips to Create a Better Resume

When was the last time you updated your resume? If you’re like me, you update your resume when looking for a new job. However, the optimal time is right now! Keeping your resume current at all times takes away the stress of updating your resume during crucial times. 5 tips to create a better resume Keep a master list - Expecting to remember every job and every aspect of that job is unrealistic. Create a master document that you update regularly when you gain more skills. Then go a step further and list out if the job duty highlights soft skills. Below is an example: Developed and implemented a four person task force to collect, analyze, and resolve customer grievances. Customer satisfaction improved by 52% since implementation (leadership, teamwork, communication) Don’t sell yourself short - People often underestimate their skill set, women even more so than men. Therefore, have confidence [...]

By |June 17th, 2021|Categories: Resources and Samples|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on 5 Tips to Create a Better Resume

Stay Cool and Stay Safe

Gone are the perfect Tucson days of cool breezes and open windows. Summer is fast approaching; it’s time to start thinking about how to beat the heat. Remaining COVID safe during 100+ degree days will add extra challenges, so here are 5 way to stay cool while staying safe: 5 Ways to Beat the Heat Designate break areas - Taking a break is a necessity. Designate indoor and outdoor break areas so volunteers know where they can rest. For outdoor break areas, shade is a must. White tarps, fans, misters and even potted plants help create an outdoor oasis. Also designate areas where volunteers can remove their masks. Sweaty masks are ineffective so encourage volunteers to bring a space or offer paper mask replacements.  Limit break room capacity - Measure your break space and set an occupancy limit so people are able to distance at least 6 feet apart. To [...]

By |May 12th, 2021|Categories: Resources and Samples|Tags: |Comments Off on Stay Cool and Stay Safe

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 [...]

By |April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Resources and Samples, SAVMA Events, Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week

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 [...]

By |March 12th, 2021|Categories: Learning and Development, Resources and Samples, Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Tips for Meaningful Volunteer Appreciation 

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 [...]

By |February 16th, 2021|Categories: Resources and Samples, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Random Acts of Kindness Week

Ask a Volunteer Manager: Alexander Swain

Q&A with Alexander Alexander Swain is the Volunteer Services Coordinator at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Originally from a town near Ann Arbor, Michigan, Alexander studied Biology at Hope College in Holland, MI. After graduating, he attended the University of PIttsburgh to get a Masters degree in Neuroscience. Alexander has also recently been elected to the SAVMA Board of Directors for 2021. Alexander Swain Volunteer Services Coordinator at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona   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! What is one technique or strategy that you use to recruit volunteers? Being very responsive over email to inquiring folks has been really helpful, and communicating how grateful for people’s desire to offer their time, labor, and skills is key, I think, to [...]

By |February 6th, 2021|Categories: Member Stories|Comments Off on Ask a Volunteer Manager: Alexander Swain

Ask Volunteer Manager: Genie Patterson

Get to Know Genie Patterson   Genie Patterson, Volunteer Manager works at Heartland Hospice. Born in Tucson, Arizona, she graduated from the University of Arizona with BA in Anthropology and Museum Studies while working in the family business. Her family was in the restaurant business for 62 years in Tucson.     SAVMA'S 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! Genie Patterson How did you get started in this field? I began working with volunteers and committees with my mother many years ago. She recruited me to help her with the Arizona Opera Company, Tucson Symphony, and the Tucson Arts Council. I learned by observing her, thus learning about recruiting, matching people, retention, recognition, and how to ask for money! That became a passion and [...]

By |January 4th, 2021|Categories: Member Stories|Comments Off on Ask Volunteer Manager: Genie Patterson

Proposed By-law changes to be introduced at the Annual Meeting

By-Laws Amendments to be put before the Association After months of discussion and review the Board of Directors has made several substantive amendments to the by-laws. Each of these amendments have been made to improve the sustainability of the leadership, increase transparency and accessibility to leadership roles, streamline the processes and to remove sections in conflict with state law. It is with these efforts in mind that the Board of Directors shall submit a motion to the membership at the Annual Meeting  “To accept the Amended and Restated By-laws as presented.” The redlined version of the document may be reviewed in its entirety here (2020 SAVMA Redlined By-laws for General Membership). Sustained Leadership Efforts Changing from a Vice President to a President Elect. The role of a President Elect will be to spend a year preparing for the role of Presidency. This additional leadership preparation time with the known expectation [...]

By |December 8th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on Proposed By-law changes to be introduced at the Annual Meeting

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 [...]

By |December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ask a Volunteer Manager: Jessica O’Donnell

2021 Proposed Board of Directors Slate

The SAVMA Board of Directors is pleased to present your 2021 Leadership Team. Please be sure to register to attend the December 10th Annual Meeting and Mixer to vote on the following slate of officers and directors. Officers: President: Gina Hansen to remain unchanged President-Elect: Alexei Marquez to fill a vacancy Secretary: Heidi Urbina, to replace Jennifer Lohse Treasurer: Victoria Carlson, to replace Alexei Marquez Members at Large: Ken Briggs Meredith Bode Jessica Dennes Mary Leyva Angie McBride Alex Swain Read about Our Upcoming 2021 Proposed Leadership! Officers Gina Hansen (President): Gina Hansen is the Volunteer Resource Manager at Habitat for Humanity Tucson. She has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of volunteer engagement overseeing various volunteer programs, implementing new programs, outreach, event planning, public speaking, and training. Gina is a Service Enterprise Trainer, active on two nonprofit boards, has a small crafting business aka side hustle, and when [...]

By |December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on 2021 Proposed Board of Directors Slate

Future of Volunteering with Sarah Sladek: 11/19 Program

Future of Volunteering with Sarah Sladek November Program We hope you join us online this Thursday November 19, 2020 from 3:30 – 5:00pm MST for: The Future of Volunteering with Sarah Sladek: What Organizations Need to do NOW to Prepare.  Volunteering did not die in this pandemic, but the era when volunteer organizations could just count on volunteers joining and serving in pre-pandemic roles has passed. Volunteer organizations need to embrace change and innovate if they are to survive. They need to remain relevant and competitive so they can thrive in this era of disruption. Sarah Sladek, CEO, Sarah Sladek & Companies, LLC, XYZ University & Membership University, has developed a proven methodology on how to do volunteerism in the 21st century, effectively equipping volunteer organizations with the insights and tools they need to successfully grow volunteerism in this changing marketplace while providing guidance and a succession plan to future-proof any [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development|Comments Off on Future of Volunteering with Sarah Sladek: 11/19 Program

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

By |November 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fall 2020 Virtual Volunteer Fair

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. [...]

By |October 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ask a Volunteer Manager: Graciela Jauregui

Volunteer Background Check? A Question from the field

Volunteer background checks Question from the field: a company referral SAVMA Member TIHAN, would like to know, "what volunteer background check company does your organization use and would you recommend them?" SAVMA members may respond in the comments below. Do you have a question from the field? SAVMA members are encouraged to send their questions forward for member feedback and brainstorming. Even if you do not receive an answer publicly on the forum, you will receive feedback from members in your email. Do not be shy. Volunteer background check vendor referrals As professionals in the industry, we are regularly solicited by vendors seeking our business. It is important to do your research as the organization hiring a vendor. SAVMA does not endorse any vendor, but we do find the information provided by this particular vendor around compliance to be a very helpful on demand webinar. 

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: Member Share, Member Stories|Comments Off on Volunteer Background Check? A Question from the field

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 [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Board service…the next level of commitment to volunteerism!

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 [...]

By |September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ask a Volunteer Manager – Stacy Oliver

Resilience: a Vital Tool for LoVs

Resilience: a Vital Tool for LoVs Nicole R. Smith, CVA, knows resilience is a vital tool for LoVs.  What is it exactly? Why is it so important? How do you build it? In this candid talk we will examine how to navigate the hurdles that you may encounter during your volunteer manager (leader of volunteers) journey to build the resilience needed for both you and your volunteer program grow and flourish. Join SAVMA and Nicole for the September 17, 2020 program, Resilience: a vital Tool for LoVs. Learning Objectives for the Program Setting small attainable goals Finding Your Voice Obtaining Institutional Buy In Building a Strong Support System Overcoming the urge to give up Presenter Biography Nicole Smith is a Panamanian-American, single mother, workforce development specialist, dancer, motivational speaker and published author of many inspirational journals including 101 Affirmations for Volunteer Administrators, Non-Profit Professionals and Professional Women (available for sale [...]

By |September 7th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Resilience: a Vital Tool for LoVs

Nationally Renowned CVA, Gretchen Jordan to present a Members Only SAVMA Event 9/3!

Be Your Own Best Advocate: Top Ten Ways You Can Advocate for yourself, volunteers and programs  Although we know how important our role, volunteers and an engaging program are, we will always need to advocate why that is important to staff, the community, and prospective volunteers. Often the volunteer department is 'taken for granted' or mistakenly assumed from that person's last volunteer experience. Can simple and everyday advocacy elevate the stature of your volunteer department and agency's impact?  How can you practically and consistently craft messages and tactics that help promote a dynamic and engaging program that everyone should be a part of?  Are you able to speak up and out for your professional development and value at your agency?  We will examine answers to these questions.   Learning objectives: Learn the importance of advocacy and ways to make it second nature Craft a story or message that is compelling [...]

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Nationally Renowned CVA, Gretchen Jordan to present a Members Only SAVMA Event 9/3!

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

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

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Events, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Join the AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program- Applications Dues 9/4

Still time to register for August 20th Program on the #BlaxFridayProject

Join us Thursday, August 20th from 3:30-5PM for our next SAVMA Program! Register Now. Meet the entrepreneur who built an accessible list of locally Black Owned Businesses for the Tucson community. Find out how and why Ashley La Russa with a team of Black Business Owners and Creatives developed the #BlaxFriday Project with a website, app, and virtual event to spotlight Black Businesses. It’s a success story you won’t want to miss at this pivotal time in history! The #BlaxFriday Project provides Tucson with a positive step forward towards recognizing the true value of our local Black Businesses and how, against all odds, they seek equity through economic empowerment. Find Black Owned Businesses in Tucson at www.BlaxFriday.com or Download Blax Friday from the App Store. Find out how the project was created and grew so quickly Examine the goals and how they are being accomplished Discover the value of dialogues through volunteers, virtual events and community outreach Ashley La [...]

By |August 18th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on Still time to register for August 20th Program on the #BlaxFridayProject

Ask a Volunteer Manager: Sierra Horsey

Q&A with Sierra Sierra Horsey is the Volunteer Program Coordinator at Reid Park Zoo. She helps manage the Zoo Crew, a group of teen volunteers who educate the public on resident animals and more! The Zoo Crew was named the Youth Volunteer Program of the Year for 2020 by SAVMA. Reid Park's Zoo Crew The Zoo Crew accepts their Youth Volunteer Program of the Year Award at the 2020 SAVMA Awards Volunteer Appreciation breakfast. The Zoo Crew youth volunteers. 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 fell into volunteer management by accident. I had previous experience as an informal educator and was applying for jobs my senior year of college when my plans [...]

By |August 15th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development|Comments Off on Ask a Volunteer Manager: Sierra Horsey

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 [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recap on Brainstorm Chat for Virtual Volunteering

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 [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Exciting Changes for SAVMA in 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.      

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on #BlackOutTuesday & #TheShowMustBePaused (June 2, 2020)

Racial Equity Tools Because Black Lives Matter!

As the protests continue this first week in June 2020 across our country following the horrifying murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement officials, SAVMA members are furiously supporting their volunteers and their workplaces in a variety of ways. Here are a few of the noted tools and resources that members of the volunteer management community have brought forward to help Volunteer Managers understand the environment in which they find themselves. We hope you find them useful. The Racial Equity Tools Website About the Racial Equity Tools website, it is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. Racial Equity Tools includes the merger of three [...]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Resources and Samples|Comments Off on Racial Equity Tools Because Black Lives Matter!

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’ [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Cindy Robertson

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 [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Howard Stewart

Community Service Recognition: Michael Kloth

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

By |May 29th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Michael Kloth

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 [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Nichole Burke

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 [...]

By |May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Judy Dare

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 [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Jack McDuff

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 [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Dana Smith

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. [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: Sponsors, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Anthony Barrasso

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 [...]

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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 [...]

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Maureen McCarthy

Join Us May 21st for Presenter: Chris Elsner of Globally Good!

Join Us for a Zoom Program (3:30-5PM) on May 21st for: It doesn't have to be a pain: identifying ways to work more effectively with volunteers Description: What is the most challenging aspect of working with volunteers? What are the parts of your job which are most exhausting? What do you wish you could spend more time on? How do you effectively communicate the impact of your volunteers? In this presentation, we'll help you identify the aspects of working with volunteers which are causing you the most pain and discuss what systems or processes could be improved to help minimize that pain.   Learning Objectives: Globally Good's goal is to provide volunteer managers and nonprofits with tools to make working with volunteers easier and more efficient so more time can be spent on engagement, retention, and recognition." Members will be asked to critically analyze how they currently work with volunteers [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Community Service Recognition: Josh Plicht

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

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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 [...]

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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."" [...]

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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 [...]

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COVID-19 Resources for Volunteer Administrators

COVID-19 Resources for Volunteer Administrators In response to COVID-19, SAVMA compiled resources for volunteer administrators and  conducted a survey of its members to assess needs.  We received a representative number of responses, compiled into a report you can read by clicking the button below. SAVMA's COVID-19 Survey Response Report Click here to view the Report To support your needs SAVMA Will… Continue to provide links and information about community resources and clear recommendations about implementing CDC standards with regards to COVID 19 Support volunteer managers doing check ins with volunteers on leave Create a process for members to promote their needs on SAVMA’s social media and website Promote self care to volunteer managers Provide back to basics support for those who are doing new work in volunteer management outside their day to day work Host the SAVMA Fair (Volunteer Recognition and Recruitment Event) to support organizations in gaining new volunteers [...]

By |April 25th, 2020|Categories: Resources and Samples|Comments Off on COVID-19 Resources for Volunteer Administrators

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Community Service Recognition: Kuykendall & Associates

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

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Community Service Recognition: Sarah Hosea

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

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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 [...]

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Community Service Recognition: Michael Duran

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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Resources for COVID-19 Response

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

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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 [...]

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February Program Cancelled- We still have much to share

We are sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstances we are not holding our February program today on Golden, but will reschedule for a future date. We had so much good news to share, so we are sharing it here: Announcements for February 20, 2020  There is training news, and leadership news, new CCVA exam dates, upcoming events, more program announcement and you really going to want to see it all! We apologize for the inconvenience and will see you in March!

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TMC Healthcare leaders in volunteerism and community building

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

By |February 18th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on TMC Healthcare leaders in volunteerism and community building

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 [...]

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

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

By |January 10th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on SAVMA Awards Sponsor Hughes Federal Credit Union will see you on 1/16!

Raise the Bar Consulting not just a repeat sponsor!

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

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on Raise the Bar Consulting not just a repeat sponsor!

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

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

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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!

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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

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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 [...]

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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.

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

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

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

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

By |January 6th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona a Silver Sponsor bringing us a Golden Service

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 [...]

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SAVMA Awards 2020 Arizona Complete Health a noted sponsor!

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

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Community Foundation for Southern Arizona sparkles as a Gold Sponsor!

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

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Gold sponsor Tucson Electric Power has a culture of volunteerism

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

By |January 4th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on Gold sponsor Tucson Electric Power has a culture of volunteerism

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

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

By |January 4th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Events|Comments Off on SAVMA Awards 2020 Keynote Sponsor Tucson Foundations brings Dana Litwin to Tucson 1/16!

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

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TMC Healthcare SAVMA Awards 2020 Presenting Sponsor will see you there

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

By |December 18th, 2019|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on TMC Healthcare SAVMA Awards 2020 Presenting Sponsor will see you there

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 [...]

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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 [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on NCAVA is Offering a $70: Basics in Volunteer Management course online!

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 [...]

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Press Release: Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer wins top volunteer awards

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, [...]

By |November 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Press Release: Southwest Gas wins volunteer award

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 [...]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Press Release: Reid Park Zoo’s ‘crew’ wins volunteer honor

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 [...]

By |November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Press Release: Gina Hansen wins top volunteer administrator award

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 [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Categories: Learning and Development, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are You Ready to Work That Conversation With Molly McCormick on November 21st?

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 [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition submission is open now for SAVMA Awards 2020!

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 [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Job Posting- Director of Development Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation

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!

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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 [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Time is running out! October 22nd Conference Just a few seats remain!

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 [...]

By |September 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Future is Now – Tech Trends Transforming 2020 and Beyond

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) [...]

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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 [...]

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Job announcement- Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

Now seeking a Program & Volunteer Director. It's the perfect position for someone with the right blend of leadership in both areas. Because volunteers are central to the core client services, experience with volunteer recruitment and management really is a must. The job is posted on Indeed and ZipRecruiter. Please spread the word if you know of anyone who would be a great fit. https://www.indeedjobs.com/mobile-meals-of-southern-arizona-4e08c5a/_hl/en?cpref=JXWAtnzf3XWjLOi4YeVNLs_1WAXHb5RL3LCirA1HCiQ

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Jobs|Comments Off on Job announcement- Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

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/  

By |August 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on August 16th Deadline Approaches for Nominations

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 [...]

By |July 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Service Enterprise Initiative Information Session August 8th!

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 [...]

By |July 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do Not Miss the August 15th Program with Havala Schumacher from Census 2020!

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!  

By |July 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reminder July Meeting is Cancelled

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

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

By |June 30th, 2019|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on SAVMA Nominations Open July 1, 2019- August 16, 2019 at 5PM

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 [...]

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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 [...]

By |June 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Governor Doug Ducey’s 18th Annual Volunteer Service Awards Nominations Open

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 [...]

By |June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bummed you missed the Points of Light Conference in St Paul? Catch the Webinar 7/10/2019

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 [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on June 20th Program- A SAVMA Special- [Volunteer Pro Webinar Recording-] Messaging to Upper Management: How to Launch a Campaign of Influence

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 [...]

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Days of Caring Project Submissions Now Open

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 [...]

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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

By |March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

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 [...]

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SAVMA Awards 2019, an inaugural Event a Smashing Success!

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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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!

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 15th 3PM-5PM- Celebrate, Appreciate, & Thrive!

Please note the early time! Location is still Habitat for Humanity.  A Brief Welcome from a Very Special Guest joining us all the way from Oregon: Gretchen Jordan, CVA Gretchen Jordan, CVA, is the AL!VE Association Manager.  She will give a short presentation on what's happening on the national level on Volunteer Engagement issues and share her Top Ten Tips for Advocating for yourself, your professional development, and your program. As you all know SAVMA is a member of AL!VE which is the only national professional organization for those who manage or lead volunteers. This Super Special visit from AL!VE is not something you will want to miss.   Stop Doing the Same Old Thing for Recognition! Recognition is the single greatest missed opportunity by most volunteer managers. If you're still doing the same event or giving a tchotchke as the way to recognize your volunteers, you're are missing the chance to [...]

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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...

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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 [...]

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January 18th Program- Tapping Into the Power of an Effective Volunteer

You won't want to miss this topic! Tapping Into the Power of an Effective Volunteer 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. What you will walk away with: 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. SAVMA's Monthly Meeting will take place THIS  Thursday on January 18th, 2018 At Habitat for Humanity 3501 North Mountain Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719. From 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm.  You won't want to miss this topic! Tapping Into the [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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!!!!!

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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 [...]

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

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

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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.

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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.

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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 [...]

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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:   [...]

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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 [...]

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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

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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 [...]

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April 20th Storytelling for Impact with Ann Eve Dingell

Effectively capturing and sharing the stories of your volunteers, service recipients, organization history, etc., can make the difference between just plugging along and the ability to build strong, dynamic and passionate relationships to support your mission.  Whether you are looking to build volunteer engagement, enhance your outreach to donors, build a creative stewardship program, or just make your case more effectively, this process marries evocative photography techniques with effective writing to create a compelling narrative to enhance your organization. Join Ann Eve Dingell as she shares her tips and tricks as a professional photographer and fundraiser to share your stories. She has more than 20+ years in fundraising strategy and organizational development, having built successful fundraising programs for Arizona Public Media, The National Institute for Civil Discourse, the American Red Cross, and other organizations around the country. She has worked across all development channels including major gifts, planned giving, annual fund, membership and [...]

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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 [...]

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We are Gearing Up for Volunteer Appreciation Week- Come Share Your Plans

Tell us how you plan to thank your volunteers! Come out to our March meeting to learn different ways to appreciate and recognize your volunteers, even on a shoestring budget! When: March 16, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Where: Habitat for Humanity 3501 North Mountain Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719. We will have a round table discussion to get those creative juices going! There will be a "best of display," so please bring an item to share, we may even have a prize for the audience favorite. Get your ideas in early and we will include it in the rolling slide show. Send us photos of your favorite recognition and appreciation items so we can show them off. Please send your pictures to savmatucson@gmail.com by March 13th. Things to include are: Appreciation gift Ideas (low or no cost) Grants for donations Restaurants or food stores that donate food items or drinks Party locations [...]

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

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

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Reimagining the Future of Volunteer Engagement

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

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