OAVR Newsletter - March 2020

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate."
-Albert Schweitzer

In This Issue:

Membership Meeting
OAVR Connect: Your Response to COVID-19
CVA Study Group
Event Changes
Connect with us on LinkedIn
What's New: Webinars and Workshops
E-Volunteerism Articles
Past Newsletters
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at our Membership Meeting on March 4th. We had a wonderful time, with great conversation and even better people.

We looking forward to seeing you at our next event!
In light of COVID-19 we are discussing our options for our Annual General Meeting and we'll keep you updated.
This is the place where members can ask questions about everything related to Volunteer Management! 

COVID-19 is probably on all of your minds, and the impact it is having in our community. We would like to hear how it is affecting your organization and the volunteers that help you on a daily basis.  

If you have any questions, concerns, articles or tips you would like to share on this topic, we will do a round up in next months newsletter.

To respond, email!

Are you preparing to complete the CVA exam? Interested in joining a Study Group?

If so, please contact to confirm your interest. From there, we’ll contact everyone to discuss dates and time.

PAVRO LiVE Conference -> Postponed to Fall

VOscars -> Postponed to Fall

VMPC National Conference -> June 8-10 2020 in Saskatoon.
Join us on LinkedIn and stay connected - we are posting new content all the time, including events, webinars, articles, surveys and much more!

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What's New

Webinar March 24

As we all deal with the impact of COVID-19 on our families and loved ones, we are called to contribute to a larger response: the response of our organizations, our movements, and of society at large.

NPQ will assemble a panel of four thoughtful, provocative leaders to inspire your thinking and stretch your imagination about how to frame the COVID-19 crisis and craft responses to it that are consistent with your organizational, network, and movement values.

To learn more and register for this webinar on Responding to COVID-19: A Bold Conversation Hosted by NPQclick here.
Webinar April 1

What do you do when it's time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization?

In this webinar you will get the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. 
To learn more and register for this webinar by VolunteerMatch on Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions, click here.
Webinar April 7

Are you new to volunteer management? Or looking for a refresher on the basics?

This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs - recruitment, retention and recognition. You will discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.
To learn more and register for this VolunteerMatch webinar on The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit, click here.
Webinar April 8

Do you ever question what you should include in your volunteer position description? A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier.

In this webinar you will learn the basics that will help to create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. You will learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program. 

To learn more and register for this webinar on Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions, click here.
Workshop April 9

Are you someone who needs to write grants? Or someone who hasn't been successful with a grant proposal? Maybe its time to learn some new tips.

This workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge to access an important revenue source - grants! You will learn how to develop a funding application that accurately portrays both the program you want funded and what the potential funders are looking for. The workshop will focus on how to explain your unique value proposition, how to get information from a potential funder to strengthen your application and more.

To learn more and register for this workshop on Write Successful Grant Proposals, click here.
Workshop April 14

With the need to increase engagement, not-for-profits often cast their communications net at the ‘general public’ using every method possible without measuring what’s working—ultimately losing opportunities to generate meaningful results and real change.

In this session, you’ll be guided through the process to create an effective communications plan, from setting goals and understanding your target audiences, to crafting key messages and making informed decisions between communication methods.

To learn more and register for this workshop on Communications Planning for NFPs, click here.

e-Volunteerism Free Articles of the Month

The late Susan J. Ellis, Rob Jackson and Erin R. Spink use this Points of View to present a provocative and much-debated topic: What really makes someone a skilled and effective volunteer engagement professional who can train colleagues to work well with volunteers? Check out this article to find out more!

“People just don’t commit like they used to!” is a common complaint of leaders of volunteer engagement who find themselves confronting the new trend of shorter-term volunteers. This article offers tips and strategies to help with recruiting volunteers seeking shorter commitments to fit their busier lifestyles. 
Interested in reading more? Subscribe to e-Volunteerism to get access to current volunteer management articles in each quarterly issue, and 18 years of archives!
OAVR's Mandate:
To promote professionalism in volunteer resource management
To support our members in the pursuit of their goals
To provide a forum to share information and resources
To network with peers

OAVR's Goals:
Exchange ideas and resources
Share information and concerns
Offering support and encouragement to members
Liaising with organizations involved with volunteers 
Promoting professionalism among our members
Assisting our members with their professional development
PDU Reminder:
Don't forget that Professional Development Units can be applied to written submissions to this newsletter!

If you're working towards or maintaining your CVA or a similar certification, part of the application process requires a minimum number of PDUs.

So get writing and share your expertise with your fellow volunteer managers by submitting your articles to!

Writing related to volunteer resources management (blogs, articles, research reports, website content, etc.)

500 words = 2 PDUs

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