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VANtage: July 2021

Galen Roth | Published on 7/7/2021

Happy Summer VAN Members,

The Summer months are here, and I hope everyone is getting out and the enjoying the fantastic weather. The end of COVID restrictions have changed how we work and play! Our work is no longer strictly bound to the confines of a typical office. While COVID made it necessary, other factors have made working remotely popular — including greater connectivity, changing corporate values, and making digital team platforms more common.

However, one downside of COVID is the reduction in member organizations and members in general. Many companies could not continue their membership due to reduced income, or reduced manpower. We were not immune to the reduction in new memberships during 2020.  We need to build our membership for many reasons, not just income. New members bring new energy, new ideas, and more people, who can then serve on committees, work on projects, and help develop exciting events. We need new members to help the organization accomplish more and broaden the reach of the organization.

I would ask that all existing members reach out to at least one person and invite them to join us for a Professional Development session, always held on the third Thursday monthly. It is my hope that your guest will see value in joining our organization. Most of our members come from the not-for-profit community, but we also welcome members from corporations who seek volunteer administration professional development and networking opportunities. Visit our website at  for more membership details.
Some benefits are professional development, networking, help wanted ads, posting of member events, information on Volunteer Administration education opportunities, workshops, and early notice of Volunteer Administration conferences.
Thank you for your continued support of the Volunteer Administrators’ Network of Central Ohio.

Gerlinde Higginbotham
VAN President


VAN Professional Development Meeting
Topic: Marketing to Volunteers
Time: Thursday, July 15th, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) over Zoom
Description: Barbara Burgie, visionary and leader of Burgie Media Fusion, has provided effective marketing and digital media strategies throughout Central Ohio for more than 15 years. Each day, she partners with clients to increase brand awareness and grow revenue through data-driven marketing. Barb’s adaptive approach empowers clients to understand and evaluate each campaign and investment, and make adjustments to marketing strategy and plans along the way.
Through her positive spirit and creative energy, Barb guides clients through dynamic and fun strategies that build audiences and drive results. From analytics and design to websites and social media, she stays ahead of marketing trends and employs the latest media methods to grow brands through a blend of traditional and digital marketing campaigns.

Join Zoom Meeting on Thursday, July 15th at 9:00am
See your VANtage newsletter for Zoom information.

We're getting closer to seeing each other again! Pencil in that the September meeting will be an outdoor, in-person gathering. (As long as health guidelines permit, of course!) Keep reading every month for the details to come.

A few years ago, we revised our membership model so you can start your annual membership anytime. Many members are still on that historical timeline of renewal in June. So if you haven't done so, please visit the website and renew today! Or if you haven't made the jump to becoming a member yet, please make sure you do! You won't want to miss the upcoming in-person meetings or the rest of this year's speakers! Visit to renew or join.


Our website is now listing job postings in central Ohio! If you're a VAN Central Ohio member looking for a position working with volunteers, you can click here to access the page. There are currently a dozen openings, including positions at Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, Mount Carmel, The Ohio House Democratic Caucus, and MORE! Postings are updated throughout the month, so log in and check back often!

Is your organization looking for volunteer administration? Contact us so we can get the word out!