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VANtage: July 2020

Galen Roth | Published on 7/3/2020

Greetings Members,

I start off with an announcement as the new Central Ohio VAN Board President! I am eager to begin serving in this capacity, but not without first recognizing our most recent President, Elizabeth Garrabrant. When changes delayed our typical board transition 6 months, Elizabeth graciously agreed to stay on to steer our organization.  Let me say THANK YOU, Elizabeth, for your dedication to VAN.  She brought us stability, and a vast spectrum of experiences which she used to move our organization to the next level. I truly hope she will stay committed to working with us because her contributions to our organization are invaluable. 

As your new President, I will do my best to keep The Volunteer Administrators’ Network of Central Ohio (VAN) moving forward.  Normally we would be cruising through our summer, enjoying a little more sunshine, and enjoying our great local summer events!   VAN would be inviting our members to monthly events, in person!  The Professional Development and Membership Teams had some great 2020 events planned, but due to COVID we have had to modify those events. Thank you to all our members for continuing to attend our virtual events thus far.  

Although the pandemic will prevent us from meeting in person a while longer, VAN is committed to bringing you the best member service, the best workshops, and webinars possible.  We will continue to highlight your interests and causes. Please continue to send us your ideas, because our members have so many perspectives for all of us to learn from!

In closing, it is well-known to all of us that volunteerism is part of our country’s social fabric, particularly during times of crisis. COVID has fundamentally changed how we can connect with and help each other, but we are happy for this network and the opportunity we have to stay engaged. We hope that you will continue to be an active and valued member of our organization by renewing your membership. Your participation and contribution is highly valued.

Gerlinde Higginbotham
VAN Central Ohio President


Topic: VAN Webinar Discussion
On-site to On-line: Adapting Training for Virtual Presentation presented by Sterling Volunteers

Time: July 23, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) over Zoom

Description:  We are all adjusting to our new virtual realities!Let's take this time to hone our approach and reincorporate tactics to train and onboard our volunteers in meaningful ways. Please review the webinar video before the meeting, so we can launch into our discussion and share our takeaways at the meeting on Thursday the 23rd.


Join Zoom Meeting on Thursday, July 23rd at 9:00am
Meeting ID: 951 3240 6803
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Topic: VAN Professional Development Meeting
Executing High-Impact Corporate Volunteer Activities presented by Madeleine Bogard of Besa
Time: August 20, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) over Zoom
Description:  Besa connects people and businesses with local charities - from food pantries and community gardens to homeless shelters and diaper banks. With your help, we provide support to those who need it most. Madeleine Bogard, Besa's Coordinator of Corporate Volunteer Engagement, will share more about Besa, what makes a high-impact corporate volunteer opportunity, how COVID-19 has changed the corporate volunteering landscape, and more.