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VANtage: January 2024

Galen Roth | Published on 1/31/2024


Dear VAN Members,
Happy New Year!
It’s the time of year for new beginnings and resolutions. That means I’m bringing on lots of new people who have made a New Year’s Resolution to volunteer. And also preparing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! And also compiling numbers from last year. And also setting goals for 2024. Do these things sound familiar to you?
There are some general truths to working with volunteers. VAN has held a lot of Professional Development meetings around those. And we will continue to do that! But we have a lot of seasoned professionals as well in our network. This year our board is taking a look at how VAN can best serve our different members and grow the network. We have some ideas. And we want to hear from all of you, too. What are you hoping to get out of your membership this year?
I am excited to introduce myself as this year’s President of the Volunteer Administrators’ Network. We are planning an exciting year. I hope you take the time to meet me and the rest of our board at our next Professional Development meeting!
Galen Roth, CVA
Volunteers Manager at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
VAN President

Join us as we kick off the new year with Central Ohio's Premier Network for Volunteer Administrators! Guests & Members are welcome.

TopicWhat's Your Vision?
DateThursday, January 18, 2024
Time9:00 am networking & breakfast | 9:15 am presentation & discussion 
Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Room 3B - 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
Details: 2024 is here! Have you made your winning plan? Join us at our January PD session as we explore what it looks like to make this our best year yet! 


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 A Kid Again, Marion County Community Foundation, Denison University, LifeCare Alliance, and MORE! Postings are updated throughout the month, so log in and check back often!


If you are interested in being a part of our VAN Board, we would love to hear from you! We have various roles from Membership Co-Chair, Web Coordinator, and Professional Development Co-Chair. This is a great opportunity to contribute to our organization, share your ideas, and grow as a professional. Please email with any interest or questions. 


ServeOhio Awards Accepting Nominations: The annual ServeOhio Awards recognize outstanding people, groups and initiatives in each region of the state who make great contributions to their communities through service and volunteerism. A cash award of $1,000 is issued to support the organization that benefited from the winner’s service. ServeOhio is accepting nominations for the 2024 ServeOhio Awards until January 26, 2024. Awards will be presented virtually during National Volunteer Week, April 14-20, 2024. Learn more HERE.

MLK Day 2024: it's right around the corner! What are you doing to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on the 29th Anniversary of the only national holiday designated to service of the community. Find ways to get involved or ideas for projects HERE.

Volunteer Engagement Fundamentals Course Coming Soon! ServeOhio is partnering with VQ Volunteer Strategies to provide a 6-week comprehensive volunteer management training course to begin in Spring 2024. Learn more HERE.