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VANtage: March 2022

Galen Roth | Published on 3/10/2022

Greetings Members and Member Organizations,

Happy Spring! I am excited with all that is happening with VAN this year. I hope our new Professional Development resources continue to provide you with moments of inspiration, and awakening for you, our members. I’ve had the privilege to visit some volunteer organizations this past week. I have a deep appreciation to serve as your president, and I am humbled by all our Volunteer Administrators and Volunteers willingness to serve, lead, and make their association stronger and ours as well. We are adding new Board Members to help us grow and develop new membership benefits.

Our organization has recently ramped up our efforts to bring in new members. So please spread the word about VAN. We have so many benefits. My favorite benefit is the networking within our membership. My current job does not lead to much collaboration and idea sharing. I love being able to discuss current challenges and find solutions with colleagues at VAN. I always leave our meetings with new ideas on how to approach my job as a volunteer administrator.

Please invite a friend or colleague who would benefit from a VAN membership to contact us about membership. Contact Us - Volunteer Administrators' Network of Central Ohio. As a member you’re aware of all the benefits, but here’s a refresher!

VAN Membership benefits include Networking with members that include a variety of organizations: social service agencies, education, museums, libraries, parks, non-profits, government agencies; Monthly Virtual/In-person Professional Development; Access to members-only website pages that include job opportunities, professional development, and volunteer administrator resources.  We hope to hold our annual Volunteer Administrator Celebration with awards this fall in person!
I hope to see you at our March PD event on March 17th with Dr. Jennifer Blalock!

Gerlinde Higginbotham
VAN President

VAN Professional Development Meeting
Topic: Leading Change with Dr. Jennifer Blalock
Time: Thursday, March 17th at 9 AM  
Description: P
rovides a change leadership framework to help position non-profit and volunteer management personnel to not only prepare for change, but to thrive in and develop from the experience. Participants will be introduced to several change leadership models; be given a change leadership assessment tool; and provided a template for leading and managing change successfully.

See your VANtage newsletter for new Zoom information.

We are still accepting applications for new board members for 2022! You'll notice that many positions are co-chairs, which means you'll have help! Open positions that will need to be filled are
Professional Development Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Web Coordinator

Please email your resume to President Gerlinde Higginbotham,


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 many local openings including positions at Lifecare Alliance, Besa, The Ronald McDonald House, 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!