The mission of Directors of Volunteers in Agencies – Los Angeles (DOVIA-LA) is to provide education, networking and support opportunities that promote excellence in the field of volunteer management.
The vision of DOVIA-LA is to create a Path to Professionalism that will enable members to ensure effective and rewarding involvement of volunteers in achieving the goals of our members’ agencies.
DOVIA-LA was launched in the mid 1960’s and has since been offering its members educational opportunities, channels to exchange information about issues and developments affecting volunteers and the field of volunteer management, and a collaborative means to take action.
Who We Are
DOVIA-LA is a professional membership organization for individuals who provide leadership to volunteers. Members represent a diverse range of nonprofit organizations who meet bi-monthly to discuss current issues and share information relating to public, private, and philanthropic organizations serving the Greater Los Angeles area.
- Initiated the nationally-adopted Court Referral Program in 1975, along with the help of the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles.
- Organized a conference with a federal government official to discuss concerns over the deficient involvement in the recently-initiated Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The consultation resulted in the establishment of a National Advisory Board.
- Assisted the corporate and community leader task force hosted by Mayor Tom Bradley in the formation of a permanent training center for nonprofit organizations.
- Participated in the planning of the 1994 International Association for Volunteer Administration Conference held in Anaheim, California and organized the first National DOVIA DAY held during the conference.
- Supported the formation of CONNECT LA, an organization dedicated to connecting groups for community good.