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VANtage: June 2022

Galen Roth | Published on 8/11/2022

Greetings Members and Member Organizations,

YEAH! Summer has just arrived, but I feel happier already. There is nothing like the expectation of warmer weather and more sun to raise our spirits. June marks the beginning of summer and signals freedom for many students, outside activities, and swimming. A great time to build our volunteer base after COVID. But June also marks a month of special days to celebrate. The early part of June marks the date of the first U.S. spacewalk in 1965, as well as the first hot air balloon ride, many pride events in cities all over the country, Juneteenth. And I Love My Dentist Day.

I like someone’s idea that June is a month of renewal! “Renewal is an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption”, I love this definition especially now. Talking about resuming activities, join VAN on June 16th for an in-person Professional Development event. Details are below!  Please attend and learn of the many opportunities to boost how we work with our Volunteers and other members of our organizations!  Remember it’s Summer, time to raise our spirits, nurture and revitalize ourselves and our teams.

Gerlinde Higginbotham
VAN President

VAN Professional Development Meeting
Topic: Motivational Speaker Jim Mahoney
Time: Thursday, June 16th at 9 AM
Location: Dublin Community Recreation Center
5600 Post Road
Dublin, OH  43017

Description: Join us IN PERSON! This will be the first of a few hybrid in-person and virtual sessions. If you are more comfortable meeting through Zoom, we will work to keep that option.

See your VANtage newsletter for new Zoom information.


Save the date! The 2022 Ohio Conference on Service and Volunteerism will be November 3rd, 2022. The conference will he held in-person at Quest Conference Center in Columbus.

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, Ohio History Connection, 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!