Next DOVIA-LA Meeting is Nov. 21

Next DOVIA-LA Meeting is Nov. 21

ROUND TABLE MEETING: ONBOARDING & ORIENTING VOLUNTEERS

The Roundtable will be an opportunity to share resources on ‘Onboarding Volunteers – Volunteer Orientations & More!’ Join us for a lively discussion on what makes a successful onboarding process, orientation, and how to keep orientations interesting. Come with any materials from your volunteer onboarding process including the orientation and be ready to share what you think works well, as well as areas you’d like to improve. This will be an interactive discussion about how to keep orientations feeling fresh while still covering necessary material. Register at http://DoviaVolunteerOrientations.eventbrite.com

Using Your Words to Increase Your Worth

Using Your Words to Increase Your Worth

Amber D. Nelson, Founder and President of Lingo Consulting, shared a great workshop at Education Day 2014 about how to communicate our impact. When we talk about our organizations, do we talk about being a little nonprofit or helping people, or do we talk about transforming lives and our world? Do we talk about volunteers as people who do little things to help out or do we talk about them as agents of change? One of Amber’s many recommendations: listen to how you talk about your work and make small changes. For example, instead of saying  ‘I’m just a volunteer,’ talk about saving animals’ lives, making kids successful in school, etc.

Strategic Use of Volunteers

Strategic Use of Volunteers

Enjoying Beth Steinhorn’s keynote talk at DOVIA-LA’s Education Day conference. If someone gave you a surprise $15,000 grant to hire someone in a needed area, what would you use that money for? What is your organization’s greatest need right now? Is there a volunteer who could give you the skills you need instead of hiring temporary staff?

Education Day is Tomorrow!

Education Day is Tomorrow!

If you have any questions before the conference, please contact DOVIA-LA Administrative Manager Barbara Bradley at doviala@gmail.com or 949-454-0758. The board looks forward to seeing you there and hearing keynote speaker Beth Steinhorn!

Register for Education Day by Sept. 24

Ed Day - Maria Lane - 2013-09-11Strategic Pathways to Volunteer Engagement: http://doviaeducationday2014.eventbrite.com.

More information at http://doviala.org/education-day/.

Scholarship and Leadership Award Applications Due Sept. 12

Scholarship and Leadership Award Applications Due Sept. 12

DOVIA-LA members may apply for a scholarship to 2014 Education Day. Click here for directions and application form: Ed Day Scholarship Application 2014.

DOVIA-LA provides diverse professional development opportunities for volunteer managers throughout Los Angeles County. The Leadership Award is designed to showcase one organization’s volunteer program that excels at all levels; those that leverage organizational support, push boundaries, do great work, and create broad impact. The organization selected for this award will be honored at the DOVIA-LA Annual Education Day on September 26th, 2014 with an award, $250 towards their volunteer program, and one free registration for Education Day. This organization will also be featured on the DOVIA-LA website and through other social media outlets. Eligible applicants must be organizations with DOVIA-LA membership in good standing. For more information, click here or go to the application. The deadline to submit both components of the application is September 12, 2014.

Education Day Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 12

Education Day Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 12

Scholarships may be available to current DOVIA members; Ed Day Scholarship Application 2014. (If you’d like a Word version of the application, please email MGoodyear@JerichoRoadProject.org.) We look forward to seeing you at Education Day on Sept. 24!

Volunteer Management 101

Volunteer Management 101

Due to the popularity of our “3 R’s of Volunteer Management” meeting last March, DOVIA-LA is offering a Volunteer Engagement 101 workshop at our Sept. 26 Education Day conference. There has been a lot of staff turn-over in the nonprofit world in the past year, and we want to help people who are new to the field of volunteer management, as as more experienced professionals. The ‘101’ workshop will cover the basics: identifying your organizational needs, and recruiting and retaining the right volunteers. If you know someone that is new to the field, please encourage them to attend the conference, and feel free to have them contact anyone of the DOVIA board for advice or mentoring. We’re here to help! Register by Sept. 24 at http://doviaeducationday2014.eventbrite.com.

Get more information on other Education Day presentations at http://doviala.org/education-day/.

Scholarships for Education Day

Scholarships for Education Day

DOVIA-LA offers financial scholarships to our annual Education Day for DOVIA-LA members in good standing (i.e., membership dues paid and current). By filling out this application (Ed Day Scholarship Application 2014), a DOVIA-LA member will be considered for a scholarship. Read More »

Leadership Award Application Available

Leadership Award Application Available

DOVIA-LA provides diverse professional development opportunities for volunteer managers throughout Los Angeles County. The Leadership Award is designed to showcase one organization’s volunteer program that excels at all levels; those that leverage organizational support, push boundaries, do great work, and create broad impact.

AWARD DESCRIPTION

The organization selected for this award will be honored at the DOVIA-LA Annual Education Day on September 26th, 2014 with an award, $250 towards their volunteer program, and one free registration for Education Day. This organization will also be featured on the DOVIA-LA website and through other social media outlets.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Eligible applicants must be organizations with DOVIA-LA membership in good standing.

APPLICATION COMPONENTS

A complete application includes two components:

1. A brief narrative application available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q2HQCD8 answering the following questions:
• Please provide an overview of this organization’s volunteer program (e.g., number of years the volunteer program has been established, staff responsible for volunteer services department, number of volunteers, number of service hours provided within the last year, types of volunteer programs offered, constituency the volunteers serve).
• Why is this organization’s volunteer program an example of excellence in volunteer leadership? What impact has been made to this organization or the community it serves as a result of this program?
• Describe how this organization’s leadership (e.g., board of directors, CEO or Executive Director, Department Heads) has supported or enhanced the volunteer program’s ability in meeting the mission and vision of this agency.
• Identify one priority initiative involving volunteers this organization implemented within the last year. Describe that initiative and tell us how the organization’s leadership played a key role in development and/or implementation of this initiative

2. A letter of support from a senior staff member or CEO of the organization to be emailed to doviala@gmail.com.

DEADLINE & NOTIFICATIONS

The deadline to submit both components of the application is September 12, 2014. The DOVIA-LA Board of Directors will review all applications and select award recipient. Applicants will be notified the following week.

QUESTIONS

For any questions or concerns regarding scholarship requirements or deadlines, please contact us at doviala@gmail.com.