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VANtage: May 2020

Galen Roth | Published on 5/8/2020

Hello Friends,

As I look back through the beginning of 2020 I can't help but think about all of the best laid plans that were made, then postponed, then deconstructed, then reimagined through video chats.  So.  Many.  Plans.  Such a muddy mess!

Now that we're over 8 weeks in, I'm finding that looking ahead isn't any clearer.  What will happen next?  What facts will we receive?  What reactions will those facts prompt?  How will society respond?  We are in a profession where most of our sentences are interrogative rather than declarative, so we should be used to such a situation...and yet, the scale of it feels inconceivable.  

Please don't read this as panic or fear - it's sheer wonder.  I have no idea what to expect for the rest of May, let alone the remainder of 2020, but I look forward to being a part of sorting it out and bringing about the best possible resolution.  I'm pleased and relieved to have colleagues across the region, state, country, and world who have been quietly training for this with each passing volunteer event, fiscal budget, grant demand, and project.  We're ready for this!  I hope you'll all be able to join us for the June 2nd Zoom Meet-Up to share thoughts, experiences, and oh-so-tentative plans for the future.  

Forging new frontiers is hard work.  If you're in need of a curiosity break, enjoy A Cloud Gazer’s Guide to Every Fluffy Thing in the Sky

Elizabeth Garrabrant, CVA
VAN Central Ohio President


Topic: VAN Meeting:  Engaging Youth Volunteers
Time: May 21, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Zoom Discussion Tuesday June 2nd 9-10am

Topic: VAN Member Meet Up - Finding the New Normal
Time: Jun 2, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

An informal chat with our members to share and learn about our experiences with volunteer management through a pandemic and thoughts on what the future holds.

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