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VANtage: September 2023

Galen Roth | Published on 9/20/2023

Dear VAN Members,
We are kicking it up this fall with VAN! We are calling for all volunteer administrators - members, guests, and new colleagues in the field to join us for a VAN Mixer! We want to meet you, make new connections, and strengthen the volunteer admins within our city. Join us on Thursday, October 5th at The Getaway Brewing Company - bring a friend in the field!

Let's not stop there! Now that we have kids back in school, it's our turn to jump feet first into learning and development. We have 2 exciting opportunities this fall. 

Member Exclusive - We are happy to invest in our members' development! This year, we are offering Free Attendance to any VAN Member for the AL!VE Hybrid Conference. As your hosts, we welcome you to join us for a watch party and discussions at the downtown Columbus Library! 

Statewide - Don't forget, the annual ServeOhio Conference is just around the corner! We always enjoy connecting at this event and discovering new tools and insights that give us the boost we need to make greater impacts in our work. 

We hope to see you soon! 

Christa Passafiume
Director of Operations at Worthington Resource Pantry
VAN President


Topic: Engaging Volunteers Across Central Ohio (with Columbus Gives Back) 
Date: Thursday, September 21st, 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
Details: Join us this Thursday as we discuss tips for creating an engaging volunteer experience for you and your volunteers! This week's guest will be Alfred Yates from Columbus Gives Back which promotes volunteerism and building community!

VAN Mixer!
Join us for a VAN Mixer & Pre-Conference Networking event. All Volunteer Administrators in the Central Ohio area are welcome to attend, and encouraged to bring a guest or other colleague working in the field! We love to take the opportunity to connect before the upcoming ServeOhio Conference! Food will be provided. Drinks are available for purchase.

VAN Mixer
Thursday, October 5th
 5:30-7:30 PM 
The Getaway Brewing Co.  
108 N High St, Dublin, OH 43017
Please sign up here if you are interested in coming!

JOIN US FREE for the AL!VE Conference on October 18th!
VAN Central Ohio will join the 2023 AL!VE Conference virtually, and all current members are invited to join us for free! We will stream this conference on Wednesday, October 18th in place of having a VAN PD Session.

Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2023
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: IN PERSON at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Room 1A - 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

Please sign up here for the AL!VE Conference!

Conference Topic - Leveraging Technology in a Human World - The generation of volunteers in the not too distant future will be very different compared to volunteers now.  How can we prepare our policies, programs and recruitment in an inclusive, responsible, and creative way that looks to leverage technology in a human world?

REGISTER for the ServeOhio Conference on Service and Volunteerism
Registration for the 2023 Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism is now open! The conference will take place Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Quest Conference Center in Columbus (9200 Worthington Rd. Ste 400 Westerville, OH 43082).
Registration and Conference Information here.

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 The Nature Conservatory, ETSS, Scotts Miracle-Gro, LifeCare Alliance, and MORE! Postings are updated throughout the month, so log in and check back often!