Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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 itsDOVIA-LA-14 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.

2017 DOVIA Organizational Members:

Ability First

Antelope Valley Hospital

Beach Cities Health District

Braille Institute

California Hospital Medical Center

California Science Center

City of Lancaster

City of Palmdale

City of Santa Clarita

Coaching Corps

Community Counts, Inc.

Episcopal Senior Communities

Executive Service Corps

Five Acres

Food Forward

Friends of Foster Children San Gabriel Valley

Front Porch

Fulfillment Fund

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Girls on the Run Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles

Heaven on Earth

Heifer International


J. Paul Getty Trust

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

Jericho Road Pasaden

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Hospice

L.A. Works

Los Angeles LGBT Center

LA City Recreation and Parks

MEND Poverty

Midnight Mission

Museum of Latin American Art

My Friend’s Place

New Horizons SFV

Northeast Valley Health Corporation

Pacific Battleship Center

Partners in Care Foundation

Partnership Scholars Program

Pasadena Humane Society

Pasadena Museum of History


Plan Ahead Events

Project Angel Food

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center

Shoes That Fit

Simi Valley Public Library

Skirball Cultural Center

The Autry Museum of the American West

UCLA Volunteer Center

Union Station Homeless Services

USC Norris Cancer Hospital

VITAS Healthcare

Volunteer Action For Aging / SCAN