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VANtage: April 2023

Galen Roth | Published on 4/20/2023

Dear VAN Members,

Spring flowers are blooming and plants are sprouting - although today feels more like winter; warmer weather is right around the corner (hopefully a really close corner, just a few blocks away). For some of our member organizations, our busy schedules become over-filled as spring and summer roll around, but as we all know, volunteerism and volunteer engagement never slow down. That's why VAN offers professional development sessions, networking and an all-around awesome group of peer volunteer administrators to learn from, bounce ideas off of and share shop. 

VAN meets on the 3rd Thursday morning of each month and each session is a different learning opportunity from the last. Won't you join us? THIS Thursday as Katie Justice from The Ohio State University's College of Social Work will be discussing the benefits of continuing education, how to go about tackling the daunting task of finding the right program and other ways to continue your education aside from a degree program.


Topic: Continuing Your Education
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 9:15 am networking and BREAKFAST, presentation will begin at 9:15 am
Location: IN PERSON at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Room 1A - 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

Save the Date for Our Next PD Session: May 18, 2023!

Topic: Engaging Gen Z
Presenter: Sophia Lombardo from Columbus State Community College


Calling all Volunteer Engagement Professionals; AL!VE is seeking our input for a good cause!

AL!VE Board of Directors announced a job-leveling project that will help articulate the career pathways for a volunteer engagement professional. Part of AL!VE’s mission is to advocate for our field, and there is a lack of data that speaks to the career pathways for a volunteer engagement professional, causing many professionals to leave the field in search of other advancement opportunities. Responding to member needs around advocacy for the role of a volunteer engagement professional, our goal is to create a Career Pathways report that demonstrates the various job levels within our field and the competencies and skills for each level, giving practitioners and employers a roadmap of progression. 
Learn more:
Take the Survey by April 23, 2023:


Our website is full of job listings 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 Star House, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ohio, Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Lifecare Alliance, BESA, and MORE! Postings are updated throughout the month, so log in and check back often!