What Will You Learn at Ed Day 2015?

What Will You Learn at Ed Day 2015?

Will you learn how to find a pro bono lawyer? avoid vampire volunteers? send the right message to potential and current volunteers?

Check out highlights from 2014 Ed Day here and please share what you learned last year on DOVIA’s blog, Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Craft the Right Message to Promote your Volunteer Program

Craft the Right Message to Promote your Volunteer Program

Back by popular demand! Amber Nelson was a very popular speaker at Ed Day a few years ago, and will return to help us craft good messages to recruit and retain great volunteers. Amber D. Nelson launched Lingo Consulting, Inc. to address the many umms and errs of the world. With a degree in Journalism from Boston University and more than 20 years experience crafting messages with organizations and individuals across the nation, she knows how to talk, how to listen and how to communicate in a way that gets things done. She is a RIVA-certified moderator with a strong business mind, a quick wit, and a sense of adventure. She regularly conducts workshops and seminars on effective communication, moderates focus groups and ethnographies and coaches clients in strategic workplace communication.

Gyasi Parker-Ross Announced as DOVIA Ed Day Speaker

Gyasi Parker-Ross Announced as DOVIA Ed Day Speaker

Gyasi Parker-Ross, Director of Programs at L.A. Works, is doing an afternoon session for Education Day on skills-based volunteer needs. Get your tickets for the 9/25 conference now! http://doviala.org/education-day/

Challenges To Avoid In Your Volunteer Program: Ed Day Keynote

Challenges To Avoid In Your Volunteer Program: Ed Day Keynote

Keynote Speaker LaVal Brewer will present ‘Challenges To Avoid In Your Volunteer Program.’

Yes, there are dangerous volunteers. They fall into two camps, vampires and zombies. Both impact your ability to grow, manage and lead your organization. They affect the capacity of your managers and volunteers to drive results and they can spread their bad habits to other volunteers. You must protect your organization and deal with them now! Read More »

A Brave New World

A Brave New World

The world of volunteer engagement is changing. How will your volunteer program grow and thrive?

VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World gives you the tools and ideas you need to take your program into the future.

Check out VolunteerMatch’s new book at https://www.energizeinc.com/store/volunteer_engagement_20_0.
Each chapter covers a unique topic, written by an expert in the field. Here are just a few:

Volunteer Engagement on the Social Web – NTEN
Partnering with Workplace Volunteer Programs – Realized Worth
Engaging Millennial and Younger Volunteers – DoSomething.org

Mixed Messages to Volunteers Whom We’ve Asked to Be Friendly

Mixed Messages to Volunteers Whom We’ve Asked to Be Friendly

In the most recent Energize newsletter, Susan J. Ellis focuses on conflicting messages and unclear boundaries common to many of the most traditional volunteer roles:

Any assignment labeled some variation of “friendly visitor” or “buddy,” in which the volunteer agrees to spend several hours weekly with a client – often a homebound senior or someone with late-stage AIDS. These visits are usually in the client’s home, one-to-one, with little structure other than the goals of providing welcome company, forming a supportive relationship, and being helpful in small, practical ways. Read More »

Summer volunteering, expert advice, and kittens

Summer volunteering, expert advice, and kittens

Summer vacation. For many, it’s a time for kicking back and enjoying the sun. But often, young people want to do something meaningful with their vacations, too. How will you attract young people to your organization this summer? Get tips inside this VolunteerMatch’s summer newsletter: 5 Ways to Attract Young People to Your Organization.

Happy summer!

Are You a Competent Volunteer Manager?

Are You a Competent Volunteer Manager?

Last year, the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (cvacert.org) asked your help in distributing a practitioner survey as part of our comprehensive job analysis study. Thanks in large part to your efforts, we received over 800 responses!

The new competency framework clarifies and defines the full range of tasks involved in the professional management and leadership of volunteer engagement. It also serves as the foundation for the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential. The new framework details seven competencies: Read More »

DOVIA-LA 2015 Member Highlight: Steven Park

DOVIA-LA 2015 Member Highlight: Steven Park

Steven Parker

Q&A with Steven Parker, Program Associate

Coaching Corps

Q: Where are you currently working and how long have you been managing volunteers?

A: I work as a Program Associate at Coaching Corps. My main responsibilities include: Managing all Southern California volunteers, recruitment of volunteers, managing salesforce for SoCal, and generating reports to inform strategies. I’ve personally worked with volunteers for quite some time now. As a student in college I lead a couple of volunteer trips and I worked with volunteers throughout a year of service in Mandeville, Jamaica from 2010 to 2011. Working with Coaching Corps puts my experience with volunteers to the forefront of my work. At Coaching Corps, we partner with sports programs in low-income communities by providing them with trained, volunteer coaches. We offer the same training to our partners to train volunteer coaches they recruit on their own. Our comprehensive training outlines strategies for working with youth, setting up practices, and implementing youth development principles throughout coaching.

Q: How were you introduced to DOVIA-LA and what do you enjoy about the group?

A: We heard about DOVIA through an e-mail and we’ve enjoyed the discussions we’ve had with our contemporaries. I personally enjoy hearing about the successes and challenges that other volunteer organizations in the Los Angeles area experience and learning from them.

Q: Will you share a memorable volunteer story?

A: I recently spoke to one of our volunteers who coached a young basketball team. When he first took over the team, many of the players weren’t sure what they were doing and, as a result, they lost their first four games. Despite losing, he was witnessing improvement from all of his players. After that fourth loss, his team did not lose again until the championship game! His enthusiasm, excitement, and pride radiated through the phone. He was so proud of the way his team never gave up, practiced their skills, and turned their season around. He immediately committed to coaching the next basketball season as he hopes to see his team win the championship!

Q: Do you have any tips for volunteer managers?

 A: I take time to get to know our volunteers and hear their stories. I think this ultimately helps create the personal relationships I have with many of our coaches which makes my work much easier.

Q: Do you have any hobbies that help you maintain work/life balance?

A: I love sports. When I’m not working I’m either off playing soccer, basketball, volleyball, or tennis. I also love to coach and hope to find some time this summer or fall to pick up a youth sports team.

Register Today for Volunteers Vs. Interns DOVIA Workshop

Register Today for Volunteers Vs. Interns DOVIA Workshop

Ever wonder what the true difference is between a volunteer and an intern? Involving both interns and volunteers is incredibly beneficial to an agency, but it’s important to know what the laws and best practices are in order to have the most effective program in place.

Sean D. Devereaux, Manager of Volunteer Services at the Aquarium of the Pacific, will be leading this workshop with a panel of representatives from local colleges and universities who will discuss the benefits and details of their program.

CLICK HERE for more details and full bio: http://doviala.org/event/july2015/
CLICK HERE to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteers-vs-interns-tickets-16884488961

July 17th, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at the Braille Institute 741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
Free parking is available in the Braille Institute’s structure, off New Hampshire Avenue.