October Update

Written by nlyons29 on . Posted in Home Page

President’s Message

VAN Members,

It’s hard to believe that this year is quickly coming to a close. These next few months will likely pass by in a blur as your organizations are likely to be filled with holiday volunteers, requests for holiday opportunities, donations of goods, turkeys, gifts and more! It’s no surprise that people feel compelled to volunteer this time of year as we are surrounded by messages of thankfulness and gratitude. But for many of us, it can also be quite frustrating as we wonder where the outpouring of support is year-round. Of course, we are all very thankful and appreciative of volunteers who give of their time and energy during the holiday season, but how do we as volunteer administrators keep that motivation going throughout the year? How do we transfer our “holiday volunteers” to year-round supporters and advocates for our work? We all have our own strategies and ideas, so let’s share our ideas and thoughts with each other. A great opportunity to have this conversation is during downtime at the Ohio Conference on Service and Volunteerism coming up later this month. We can also continue the conversation at our VAN Networking event to be held after the conference. See you all soon and Happy Fall!
Melanie Murphy, CVA
VAN Central Ohio President


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

ServeOhio Conference + Happy Hour =
October Monthly Meeting

Each year in place of our October Monthly Meeting, we encourage VAN Members to check out the annual ServeOhio Conference. This year the conference is taking place on October 25 with a focus on creating opportunities for inspiration, connection, and building 21st century skill sets that support the continued evolution and impact of Ohio’s service and volunteerism professions.

Additionally, VAN will be hosting a post-conference happy hour at 101 Beer Kitchen located right by the conference center at 817 Polaris Pkwy. Westerville, Ohio 43028. So join us for networking, continued discussion, and appetizers! (The drinks are on you.)

You don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity for dynamic and inspiring speakers, as well as great networking with volunteerism professionals from all across the state!

When: Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 5:00pm

Where: 101 Beer Kitchen, 817 Polaris Pkwy, Westerville, Ohio

 

Working Those Strengths: Strength Finders Revisited

November is your last chance this year to discover your strengths.
Earlier this year we took the first steps in our personal professional development based on each of our strengths. After taking the test we talked about how we can put our strengths to work in developing skills, improving how we work together and how we manage our jobs. For many it was an eye-opening meeting that offered great personal discovery.
In November we will come together again and talk about how we’ve used this new knowledge and learn new steps to take in furthering our development.
If you didn’t have a chance to join us for the discovery earlier this year, you have one more chance to join in!
Find the Email Us link on our homepage (in the Contact Us section), and send us a message requesting a Strength Finders code and link to take your personal test. For VAN members, the test is free. For non-VAN members, there is a $10 charge for the code.
To view the complete list of strengths as defined by the Gallup organization, see: http://www.strengthstest.com/strengths-finder-themes

November Monthly Meeting:
Working Those Strengths: Strength Finders Revisited
Thursday, November 17
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: TBA

Register HERE


Volgistics User Meeting
Thursday, November 3
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Deer Haven Park
4183 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015

If you use Volgistics software to manage volunteers, attend the Volgistics User meeting on Thursday, November 3 at Deer Haven Park from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Share with and learn from others using this tool, and leave the meeting better equipped to use Volgistics to its potential and make your job a breeze.


MEMBERSHIP

We Did It!
We succeeded in meeting and exceeding our VAN Membership Goal of 60 memberships in 2016. Thank you for being a member of VAN. There are many types of organizations that involve volunteers in their day-to-day operations. Our members come from the nonprofit community where volunteers help to accomplish more and broaden the reach of the organization. Volunteers are also used in some for-profit organizations to expand their capacity. We also welcome members from corporations who seek opportunities for their employees. Click here to check out the full list of organizations that make up VAN and be sure to read on as we introduce the new VAN Member Spotlight to our monthly newsletter!


VAN Member Spotlight

To highlight VAN members and VAN Member organizations we are introducing the new VAN Member Spotlight. This will be a great way for us to learn about who is a part of the organization and how we might be able to support each other in the work that we do.

October’s Spotlight is Shining On:
Name: Danielle Rennick
Organization: Ohio History Connection
Title: Lead Volunteer Coordinator

van-member-pic

How long have you been in volunteer administration?
I have been in volunteer administration for about 4 ½ years.

Tell us a little bit about your organization.
The Ohio History Connection is a history museum that connects people to the stories of Ohio history through many different educational efforts. Our volunteers are engaged in various aspects of the Center from the Library, to Educational Programs, and even working behind the scenes in our administrative offices. We currently have Volunteers working in Archaeology, Collections, the Library, State Archives, Digital Services, Education Programs, Public Programs, Special Events, the Ohio Village, Museum Floor, Marketing, Publications, and the State Historic Preservation Office to name a few!

What is a challenge you face or an area you would like to grow in volunteer administration?
I believe recruiting will always be a challenge at some point. You might have a great month or quarter in recruiting then the next month might be slow, at a time when you need volunteers the most. It can be unpredictable. There’s always room for improvement, so I use my creativity to develop new, innovative ways to streamline processes to bring volunteers and interns on board.

What is a joy you have experienced as a volunteer administrator?
I like the fact that I get to wear many hats. I am responsible for the overall administration of the Volunteer Office at the Ohio History Center. This includes coordination of volunteers, internships, federal work-study programs, job shadows, and group service projects as well as overseeing volunteer data management for our sites throughout Ohio. As I say all the time, there is no typical day in volunteer management, every day is different. I have to be able to be flexible and go with the flow, which brings new challenges. I enjoy meeting and engaging with a diverse group of volunteers with different personalities, special gifts and qualities.

Why is volunteering and service important to you?
Volunteering and service is important to me because I believe it strengthens communities and has the ability to unite people no matter the cause. This might be cliché but volunteering can really be a physical and mental reward.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
At the moment I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I’m just going to imagine if I did, it would be traveling. I like to go on small road trips visiting local attractions throughout the city and throughout the state.


VAN Membership Renewal
Just as a reminder, all memberships expired on June 30th and now is the time to renew your VAN Membership. There is a new VAN Membership category: Individual Membership (Paid for by Organization). With this category the membership is transferable to a new individual with-in the organization if you leave the organization or your position changes. The Individual Membership (Paid for by the Individual) is not transferable. If you leave the organization, the membership goes with you. If you have 4 or more individuals within the organization that are joining VAN, please e-mail VAN to receive the discount code reducing the rate of an Individual membership by $10.

We are looking forward to another exciting year with VAN as we roll out the mentoring program as a way to strengthen relationships and skills among our members.
VAN Member Raffle
In recognition of attendance at monthly VAN meetings, we will be hosting a raffle at the annual holiday event in December. Each month that you attend a meeting (starting in July) and sign-in, your name will be entered in the raffle to win a prize. We look forward to seeing you at the monthly VAN meetings!

September 2016 VANtage

Written by nlyons29 on . Posted in Home Page

President’s Message

Van Members,

It’s hard to believe it’s already September. Before we know it the leaves will be falling and snow won’t be far behind. It’s been a great year for VAN. This year as a network we have pushed the importance of peer to peer mentorship and I love seeing and hearing about the connections that have been made and the alliances forged. I’ve seen relationships grow strangers to acquaintances to colleagues to friendship. I’m excited that we have brought new members into our network as well as new organizations represented. As our network grows we are showing with our actions just how important it is that Volunteer Administrators have a place to learn, grow and thrive with other professionals. Non-profit leaders are seeing the incredible value that an organization like ours provides and investing in their organization by investing in their staff that manages volunteerism. I encourage you as always to bring a friend or a guest to an upcoming meeting and encourage membership in our unique organization. And of course, if you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so today!

Looking forward to closing out the year strong!
Melanie Murphy, CVA
VAN Central Ohio President

August 2016 VANtage

Written by nlyons29 on . Posted in Home Page, Uncategorized

President’s Message

VAN Members,

Last month we had the opportunity to learn more about the powerful impact of mentoring from Past President Saundra McBrearty. During the workshop, Saundra asked us to each reflect on the people in our lives who have helped us in times of trouble and times of strength and growth. As we shared our thoughts with the larger group it was really cool to see light bulbs go off for people, as they talked about individuals they never defined as mentors, but realized that’s exactly what they were. Just this week, as I attended the retirement celebration of one of my first supervisors, I continued reflecting as encouraged by Saundra, and realized all the ways that this one individual shaped my life, in ways she never even knew about. I share this because as volunteer administrators we are so well positioned to serve as mentors, in ways formal and informal, to the volunteers we work with everyday. But we are also in the incredible position of being surrounded by people – our volunteers, our staff, our fellow VAN members – who can profoundly impact our path in life if we are open to mentorship. While I know that VAN has so much to offer through professional development, meetings and workshops, I am constantly reminded that the most valuable asset we have is our people – an entire team of people to learn from and grow along side as we work to engage volunteers in our communities.

Don’t forget that it is membership renewal time! I challenge you to not only renew your membership, but ask someone you know, someone who could benefit from our powerful mentoring network, to join as well.

Melanie Murphy, CVA
VAN Central Ohio President

________________________________________

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

August Monthly Meeting:
Points of Light Conference Recap
Thursday, August 18
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Avondale – 5215 Avery Road
Dublin, Ohio 43016

REGISTER TODAY
If you missed the Points of Light convened Conference On Volunteering and Service we have good news for you. Four of your distinguished fellow VAN members are sharing their favorite sessions with you this month.

Here’s what we’ll share:
• Our favorite presentation from the opening plenary
• Strategies in Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (Terri Gregoroff)
• Targeted Volunteer Recruitment (Liz Solomon)
• Beyond the Volunteer Event (Nick Linkenhoker)
• Innovation and Problem Solving (Sue Wolford)

To make sure we have time for all this great information, we’ll start with a panel, then break into small groups for discussion. See you there!

CVA Exam Registration Deadline is
September 15!
Have you wondered how you can take your career to the next level? Consider the Certified in Volunteer Administration credential! Offered by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, the CVA exam is offered during two exam windows each year. But don’t delay, the registration deadline to take the exam in October is September 15.
Click here to visit the CCVA website for more details.

________________________________________

MEMBERSHIP

VAN Membership Renewal
Just as a reminder, all memberships expired on June 30th and now is the time to renew your VAN Membership. There is a new VAN Membership category: Individual Membership (Paid for by Organization). With this category the membership is transferable to a new individual with-in the organization if you leave the organization or your position changes. The Individual Membership (Paid for by the Individual) is not transferable. If you leave the organization, the membership goes with you. If you have 4 or more individuals within the organization that are joining VAN, please e-mail VAN to receive the discount code reducing the rate of an Individual membership by $10.

We are looking forward to another exciting year with VAN as we roll out the mentoring program as a way to strengthen relationships and skills among our members.

VAN Member Raffle
In recognition of attendance at monthly VAN meetings, we will be hosting a raffle at the annual holiday event in December. Each month that you attend a meeting (starting in July) and sign-in, your name will be entered in the raffle to win a prize. We look forward to seeing you at the monthly VAN meetings!

August Meeting: What We Learned in Detroit -August 18, 8:30-10:30 AM

Written by nlyons29 on . Posted in Home Page

Our Favorite Things…

What We Learned in Detroit

If you missed the Points of Light convened Conference On Volunteering and Service we have good news for you. Four of your distinguished fellow VAN members are sharing their favorite sessions with you this month.

Join us August 18, 2016 at Avondale at 5215 Avery Road in Dublin.

Here’s what we’ll share:
• Our favorite presentation from the opening plenary
• Strategies in Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (Terri Gregoroff)
• Targeted Volunteer Recruitment (Liz Solomon)
• Beyond the Volunteer Event (Nick Linkenhoker)
• Innovation and Problem Solving (Sue Wolford)
To make sure we get all this information in, we’ll start with a panel, then break into small groups for discussion.
We’ll also encourage you to start now to budget for next year’s conference in Seattle.

View MapMap and Directions | Register

 

July VANtage

Written by nlyons29 on . Posted in Home Page

President’s Message

VAN Members,

“You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.”
– Gene Mauch
We all know the important role volunteerism plays not only for oneself, but for the greater community.  We talk about it every day as we encourage people to get out and experience the world around them through service.  As we encourage others to engage in service it is important to do some self refection and see if we are really “walking our own talk.”

Last month, VAN members came together in service at the Worthington Resource Pantry.  Not only did it give us the opportunity to get to know each other better, it also provided us an opportunity to “be on the other side” and go through the steps as a volunteer.  As volunteer administrators it certainly helped us see how our colleague runs his program and walk away with tips and ideas.

But while there, it struck me that while I volunteer often in the community, I have never really volunteered for my own organization…..sure, I’ve volunteered at events and other activities, but I never fully experience my own organization as a volunteer.   It made me think about how our volunteer programs might change and improve if we all took a step back and put ourselves in the position of our volunteers.  What would happen if you took off your volunteer administrator hat and put on your volunteer hat to experience YOUR volunteer program as a VOLUNTEER.  Might that change your web presence?  Your application process?  Your orientation?  Give it a try.  You might just have some fun being your own volunteer!

Melanie Murphy, CVA
VAN Central Ohio President