Welcome to NOVAA

The Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association (NOVAA) is dedicated to providing you with professional development and networking opportunities. Our mission is to inspire, develop and support leaders in volunteer engagement.

Are you just beginning your career? Or perhaps you're a seasoned professional? NOVAA offers something for everyone - become a member today!


Founded in 1982, NOVAA is a nonprofit association for volunteer management professionals. Volunteer-led, NOVAA offers a variety of programming designed to support the professional development of leaders of volunteers with all levels of expertise. Whether you are just starting out or have been in the field for many years, NOVAA has something to offer everyone.

Upcoming events

    • September 12, 2018
    • Each workshop is at a different location
    Register

    Members of NOVAA* have the opportunity to purchase all four NOVAA workshops for the 2018/19 year as a package deal! If you are not already a member, but would like to join to get this benefit and many others, join now!

    Buy all four workshops for $200 through this NOVAA member workshop package, and save 25% compared to buying every workshop individually!

    This special deal includes attendance to:

    All workshops will be from 8:30am - 12:30pm except Barry Altaland's training, which will be offered as a day-long workshop with both morning and afternoon sessions. The workshop package covers attendance to all sessions. 

    *The package deal discount is also available to members of other Volunteer Management associations such as DVPA, MVVMA, NOVA, and ALIVE.

    Learn more about these workshops on our calendar or by clicking the links above. 

    ABOUT THE TRAINERS

    Dana Litwin: Dana Litwin, CVA is a transformational coach, strategic advisor, and public speaker with a background in team building and environmental conservation. For over 15 years, she has guided organizations in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and nationwide to produce breakthrough volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as board and advisory committee development. Drawing upon 20+ years in improv theater, Dana delivers innovative, humorous and engaging keynote addresses and seminars, in addition to customized training, educational materials, and multi-media presentations.

    Phu Dao: Phu Dao is an immigrant from Vietnam.  His family settled in Portland with the sponsorship of a local Baptist Church in 1989.  He attended Portland Public Schools and graduated from Jefferson HS.  Phu started his professional career as a Family Therapist then moved into Juvenile Justice with Multnomah County.  While working as a Juvenile Probation officer he learned firsthand the inequity of a system that was supposed to support our youth.  After leaving Multnomah County Phu worked for a non-profit program that supports undocumented youth.  The work was rewarding but was not fulfilling.  In 2011 he left the non-profit sector and began his work with PPS.  Phu found his love and passion: education.  He started as an Outreach Coordinator then became a school social worker, and for the past 3 years, he has been working at PPS' central office as a training consultant with the equity department.  In that role, Phu provided equity professional development to central office staff, district's new staff, and parents.  Currently, he oversees PPS work on chronic absenteeism, specifically high school.

    Erin Barnhardt: Erin Barnhart, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert in domestic and international service, service learning, and volunteer engagement.  In addition to her role as Founder & President of Effective Altrusim, LLC, Erin is on the Board of Directors for the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, serves on the Advisory Council for Fund the People, contributes to the Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, and was on the founding board members for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement.

    Barry Altland: Barry Altland is a writer, speaker, thought leader, non-profit executive and published author of the books: 'Engaging the Head, Heart, and Hands of a Volunteer,' a simple guide for feeding the passion of those who serve. Barry blends world-class leadership principles for the for-profits world with his own numerous experiences as a volunteer and leader of volunteers to offer a fresh perspective on volunteer engagement. The result of the experience is rich guidance for leaders of volunteers to help them lead with Otherliness. As leaders embrace Barry's unique perspective, they develop into leaders better prepared of touch the hearts of volunteers by engaging them... one person at a time.  

    • September 12, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Food Bank Portland 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland
    Register

    "Carve Your Own Path"  incorporates an inspiring personal story with practical examples and exercises of how to advocate for and grow your volunteer administration position and department even in the most rigid of structures or dysfunctional environments. 

    This workshop has three main aspects to advocating for yourself and your programs:

     1. Identify your unique gifts/superpowers: There might be a skill you have or activity you enjoy away from work that can contribute to the success of the agency/program and further your career. Breaking out of the common 'martyr syndrome' of volunteer management and seeing yourself as empowered and in control of your destiny, even in challenging circumstances (see #3)! 

    2. Persuasion: Knowing your communication style, and the style of those you want to persuade or influence, with techniques adapted from the Merrill-Reid social styles. How to find and use common language for better agreement (win-win-win scenarios) between individuals and departments (Volunteer Services vs. Development, as just one example). 

    3. Countering toxicity: Understanding when and how to apply the first two aspects, especially within a toxic agency or department culture, for your own personal and program success.



    Dana Litwin, CVA is a transformational coach, strategic advisor, and public speaker with a background in team building and environmental conservation. For over 15 years, she has guided organizations in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and nationwide to produce breakthrough volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as board and advisory committee development. Drawing upon 20+ years in improv theater, Dana delivers innovative, humorous and engaging keynote addresses and seminars, in addition to customized training, educational materials, and multi-media presentations.


     

    • November 13, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Food Bank Beaverton 1870 NW 173rd Avenue, Beaverton
    Register

    Address equity and diversity in your organization and learn more about how to create an inclusive working environment. 

    Led by Phu Dao, Portland Public School's Senior Equity Manager, this workshop will walk participants through the Corageous Conversations About Race protocol and share how the protocol can be used to create an inclusive working environment and guide courageous conversations about race within our organizations and volunteer programs.

    Phu Dao is an immigrant from Vietnam.  His family settled in Portland with the sponsorship of a local Baptist Church in 1989.  He attended Portland Public Schools and graduated from Jefferson HS.  Phu started his professional career as a Family Therapist then moved into Juvenile Justice with Multnomah County.  While working as a Juvenile Probation officer he learned firsthand the inequity of a system that was supposed to support our youth.  After leaving Multnomah County Phu worked for a non-profit program that supports undocumented youth.  The work was rewarding but was not fulfilling.  In 2011 he left the non-profit sector and began his work with PPS.  Phu found his love and passion: education.  He started as an Outreach Coordinator then became a school social worker, and for the past 3 years, he has been working at PPS' central office as a training consultant with the equity department.  In that role, Phu provided equity professional development to central office staff, district's new staff, and parents.  Currently, he oversees PPS work on chronic absenteeism, specifically high school.
    • February 19, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Food Bank Beaverton 1870 NW 173rd Avenue, Beaverton
    Register

    Developing a welcoming and inviting organizational environment for volunteer engagement requires building and sustaining strong staff-volunteer relationships. But how can we create a culture of staff-volunteer collaboration?  How might we best foster relationship-building so that staff and volunteers partner more effectively as one cohesive team?  

    This workshop will explore proactive approaches for facilitating stronger staff-volunteer relationships as well as reactive responses for addressing staff-volunteer conflicts. Come learn new strategies, connect with your peers, and engage in interactive professional development!


    Erin Barnhart, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert in domestic and international service, service learning, and volunteer engagement.  In addition to her role as Founder & President of Effective Altrusim, LLC, Erin is on the Board of Directors for the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, serves on the Advisory Council for Fund the People, contributes to the Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, and was on the founding board members for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement.

    • April 25, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Grotto 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland
    Register

    As a Leader of Volunteer Engagement, you likely already know that your role deserves greater respect for the potential impact you generate for you organization, its mission and its beneficiaries. But, what can you do to ensure you are deserving of that elevated status of regard for the difference you make. 

    One answer: Become the absolute most effective Leader of people you can be. 

    Leaders who engage in this morning, afternoon, or day-long learning session will build their acumen through a variety of open learning conversations and skill-building exercises. The highly interactive workshop will impart knowledge and skills that touch on every phase of The Volunteer Life Cycle:

    • Attraction: moving beyond recruitment to a sustainable Leadership and culture creation strategy for drawing Volunteers to serve alongside your organization. 
    • Discovery: developing Volunteer interview questions that reveal the intrinsic drivers of individuals called to serve through you. 
    • Engagement: leveraging feedback using The R-B-I/B-I-F Feedback Model to guide Volunteer performance to optimal levels. 
    • Sustainment: establishing a Coaching relationship with you dedicated Volunteers, and embracing a more meaningful Recognition strategy to deepen their emotional connection with their services and its outcomes. 
    • Redirection: knowing the steps to take and the details to first consider, to address when a Volunteer experience is not going well.
    For the Leaders of Volunteer Engagement (LoVE) profession, elevating your acumen is mission-essential in the 21st century! Join this lively day of learning to take your daily Leadership practices to even greater heights. 


    Attendees will receive a copy of Engaging the Head, Heart, and Hands of a Volunteer. 


    Barry Altland is a writer, speaker, thought leader, non-profit executive and published author of the books: 'Engaging the Head, Heart, and Hands of a Volunteer,' a simple guide for feeding the passion of those who serve. Barry blends world-class leadership principles for the for-profits world with his own numerous experiences as a volunteer and leader of volunteers to offer a fresh perspective on volunteer engagement. The result of the experience is rich guidance for leaders of volunteers to help them lead with Otherliness. As leaders embrace Barry's unique perspective, they develop into leaders better prepared of touch the hearts of volunteers by engaging them... one person at a time. 



Past events

June 14, 2018 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Meeting
June 04, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 101
May 21, 2018 Workshop: Educating for Change: How You Can Partner with Higher Education (with Stephanie Stokamer)
May 15, 2018 Morning Meet Up For Volunteer Managers
April 25, 2018 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
April 05, 2018 Info Session: Get Involved with NOVAA! Learn about Joining the Board or a Committee for the 2018-19 Year
March 15, 2018 Workshop: Volunteer Management 301 with Jim Laden
March 08, 2018 Morning Meet Up For Volunteer Managers
February 27, 2018 Learning Community: ADA & Inclusion
February 06, 2018 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
January 29, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 201
January 19, 2018 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Managers
December 05, 2017 Learning Community: Embracing Volunteer Turnover
November 16, 2017 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
November 13, 2017 Learning Community: Online Volunteer Orientation & Training
November 09, 2017 Training: Volunteer Management 101
October 24, 2017 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Managers
October 18, 2017 Workshop: Develop Your Leadership, Team-Building, & Coaching Skills w/ Daryl Dixon
October 18, 2017 2017/18 NOVAA Workshop Package II: Buy Two, Get the Third 50% Off
September 26, 2017 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
September 08, 2017 Workshop: Conflict Management, Leadership, and Mindfulness with Nancy Alder
September 08, 2017 2017/18 NOVAA Workshop Package: Four workshops for the price of three!
June 13, 2017 Learning Community: Volunteer Recognition Deconstructed
June 06, 2017 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Meeting
May 23, 2017 Workshop: Volunteer Motivation and the Enneagram
May 18, 2017 Happy Hour for Volunteer Managers
May 01, 2017 Training: Volunteer Management 101
April 27, 2017 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
February 28, 2017 Morning Meet-up for Volunteer Managers
February 24, 2017 Workshop: Cultivating Your Volunteer Base Through Servant Leadership
October 18, 2016 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
August 23, 2016 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
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