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VANtage: November 2022

Galen Roth | Published on 12/2/2022

Greetings Members and Member Organizations,

Wow! Where did 2022 go?! It’s November already, and I am beginning to look forward to a fantastic 2023.
I know it’s early, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I, and the Board of VAN, would like to say thank you for your exceptional work this year as volunteers and in the management of volunteers. We are so fortunate to have such a group of hardworking and committed members as you. Thank you for always being there for us and each other.
We are also still looking to fill some board positions, such as Membership, Professional Development, Website Coordinator, and Treasurer. If you want to inspire and have the capacity to serve please join us. Being on the VAN board is exhilarating and a learning experience. I have learned much more about Volunteer administration, new trends, and ways to manage volunteers.
As we go into the holiday season, remember to value what you do!  We all are Servant Leaders, you value diverse opinions, you help others with life issues, you encourage others, you think of others’ needs instead of yourself, and you act with humility.
What a wonderful opportunity to segway into our November Professional Development session with LaTasha Washington, MDiv, MACC, LPC, a counsellor who will talk to us about stress management. Please join us on November 17th at 9 am for a great workshop!
Now: the holiday season is coming, so think up a marvelous Thanksgiving feast, have a well-deserved rest, and let every day of the holiday season be filled with joy.  
I would like to say thank you once again for your continued loyalty and faith in VAN. May you and your family have a great holiday that is full of making safe, happy memories.
Thank you for being our treasured member!
Gerlinde Higginbotham
VAN Central Ohio President

VAN Professional Development Meeting
Topic: Stress Management with LaTasha Washington, MDiv, MACC, LPC
Time: Thursday, November 17th 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Place: This month's meeting is in-person AND virtual! There will be a 15-minute networking period to start for those joining in-person. Please be aware the virtual session will begin at 9:15 AM.
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Room 1A
96 S Grant Ave

Columbus, OH 43215

LaTasha D. Washington is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and currently residing in Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College majoring in Psychology with minors in English and Child & Family Studies. A seminary graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary graduating with a Masters of  Divinity , LaTasha completed her Master's in Clinical Counseling from Liberty University. She is also certified in Mental Health First Aid and has obtained her Licensed Professional Counselor credential  from the State Board of Ohio in 2018. 

Active in the mental health field since 1998, LaTasha is experienced with working with various ages, cultures, religions, and genders.  She is the developer of curriculum for the Black Girls Glow and the Transit Arts Residency Programs at Central Community House in Columbus, Ohio. LaTasha has been a keynote speaker, panelist, and consultant for agencies and hospitals. Energetic, interactive, and packed with relatable  instruction, LaTasha’s presentations are captivating as well as informative. 

LaTasha, the creator & founder of her own practice, LifeWalk LLC, an interactive & practical approach to counseling, is passionate about mental health and ministry. LaTasha seeks to fulfill her calling by combining the two so that God's people can live life and that more abundantly. Included in this combination, LaTasha passionately specializes in depression, anxiety, Biblical Clinical Counseling, mental health & the church, domestic violence, trauma, and Spiritual Abuse. A sound mind, balanced emotions, with total wholeness are the main goals of LaTasha when working with others to become their best selves. 

LIfeWalk. Healing your life. One step at a time. 

Again: This month's meeting is in-person AND virtual! There will be a 15-minute networking period to start for those joining in-person. Please be aware the virtual session will begin at 9:15 AM.
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Room 1A
96 S Grant Ave
Columbus, OH 43215

Join Zoom Meeting on Thursday, November 17th at 9:15 AM-10:00 AM
See your VANtage newsletter for new Zoom information.

We are accepting applications for new board members for 2023! 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,

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 CAPA, Bath & Body Works, Lifecare Alliance, BESA,  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!

The Columbus Blue Jackets are offering ticket deals for volunteers in central Ohio! There's one date left this month. Click here for more details.