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VANtage: November 2020

Galen Roth | Published on 12/21/2020


Hello Friends,
I want to start this email by saying thank you. Because of your efforts and tireless work, our community has benefited immensely. If no one has thanked you for your efforts today, allow me to be the first.

I don’t think any of us envisioned 2020 unfolding this way. I’m sure you’ve heard it all by now – “these are unprecedented times,” “this is a fluid situation,” “we need your help now more than ever.” All of these statements are true. I recognize how difficult things might be for you, they are for many of us. 

Having seen what this group is able to accomplish, I want to make you aware of the Volunteer Administrator Network (VAN) Board opportunities we have available for 2021. The Board steers the organization to best serve our members. By becoming a VAN Board member, you will be challenged and grow professionally, while contributing and impacting your community. Below are the opportunities we have available:

  • Vice President
  • Professional Development
  • Membership Recruiter
  • Web Developer
I don’t want to ask for more than you can give. There are times in our life where we are called to serve. You may feel ill-prepared or the timing is off; however, it is our calling to share our knowledge and expertise with others. I will be honored to work alongside you and serve our community to the best of our abilities. You have so much to offer. I hope you consider offering it to this wonderful organization.
Be well and thank you,

Jeremy Brauning
VAN Central Ohio Professional Development Co-Chair


VAN Professional Development Meeting
Topic: Mindfulness in Uncertain Times, Presented by Dr. Dara Rossi
Time: November 19, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) over Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting on Thursday, November 19th at 9:00am
See your VANtage email for Zoom information.


Join or renew your membership before December 31st!
Any member who renews their membership, or anyone who signs up for the first time before December 31st will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Amazon Gift Card! If you refer someone new to VAN, you will also be entered into a separate raffle! Watch our Facebook and LinkedIn pages for details!

Most VAN memberships have expired on 6/30/2020. To renew your membership please visit: follow the prompts for membership renewal.

Join the VAN Board!
Jeremy has put out the call above. It's your turn to answer! We have openings available for Vice President, Professional Development Co-Chair, Membership Co-Chair, and Web Coordinator! Contact Gerlinde Higginbotham if you have interest in learning more about these opportunities at

ServeOhio Conference - Recorded Sessions Now Online!

ServeOhio's Ohio Conference on Service and Volunteerism!
This year's ServeOhio conference was virtual. Each 2 hour session was recorded and is now posted online! They will be available to watch on-demand through the end of the year. Links to each session are below their descriptions on the page below:

Conference Homepage