WELCOME To novaa

NOVAA is a nonprofit association for volunteer management professionals, founded in 1982. 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 become a member today!

We remain committed to providing support and resources for leaders in volunteer management, all our 2020 programming will be hosted remotely. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Statement of Solidarity
Dear Colleagues,

NOVAA stands in solidarity with social justice movements across the country speaking up and taking action for the lives and rights of Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities. 

To truly serve our members, we acknowledge the need to understand the impacts of systemic racism within our organization and the greater community. Despite past efforts, we have struggled to enact diversity equity and inclusion practices that have led to tangible actions, but we are evaluating ways we can make change, and we will share our commitments and planned actions with you in the coming months. 

As we are a community organization, we would love to hear from NOVAA members. Please share your thoughts and suggestions, and hold us accountable as we work to create an equitable and safe organization, community and society.

In humble solidarity,

Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association

Upcoming events

    • October 29, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM (PDT)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom

    Connect with fellow volunteer program professionals for a Morning Meet Up. Let’s come together to share ideas and resources that may help each other through these changing and challenging times.

    Remote zoom link access will be provided in your confirmation email.

    • November 10, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    In-person training is the best for learners and facilitators, we know that. But in the world we live in now, we must pivot. So how do you provide in-person quality from a distance? Throw in learning new technology and how access to technology is an equity issue and it can all feel a bit overwhelming. Online learning is a great option right now but it’s not perfect. We’ll take you through these considerations step-by-step and introduce you to available tools for crafting your own online trainings and orientations. All, of course, rooted in best practices in volunteer engagement and with budget in mind.


    • Understand the different technology options that are currently available for online training of volunteers.
    • Differentiate between the different types of online training and how you could implement them to serve the needs of your organization.
    • Learn how to adapt in-person learning and curriculum to online/remote settings.
    • Receive a training plan outline to take back to your organization to implement your own online training plan.

    Workshop presenter bios:

    Liza J Dyer, CVA has been working and volunteering in the nonprofit and public sectors for more than 15 years. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she works as a Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Multnomah County Library, a public library system started by volunteers in 1864. She spends her days connecting people and information, creating better access to volunteer experiences, and nerding out over technology. Liza is proud to be an AmeriCorps alum and Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA).

    Amanda Andrews, CVA has been working and volunteering in the world of nonprofits for over 20 years. Her experiences as a youth volunteer lead her to explore a career that has travelled from zoo to national leadership organization, to museum. Throughout, her greatest enjoyment has been to connect community members with causes they are passionate about and help them inspire those around them. Amanda is proud to be Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA). She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon where she enjoys hiking, photography and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

    • November 16, 2020
    • 8:15 AM (PST)
    • November 17, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    Are you new to the field?
    Did 'volunteer manager' just get added to your job description?
    Looking to learn 'best practices' to support your organizations volunteer program

    This training is for you! 

    Join us and develop your volunteer program to its fullest potential!

    Our Volunteer Management 101 Training will help you maintain a thriving volunteer base that gets more work done, builds community support and increases your organization's effectiveness. Specifically designed to assist anyone new to volunteer management, this typical one-day training has been modified for our remote reality and will take place via Zoom in two 3.75 hour morning sessions, offering a mix of content presentation, activities, and small group discussions in breakout rooms. The training will covering the following topics and address COVID-19 considerations along the way:

    Day 1: Monday, November 16th, 8:15am - 12:00pm
    • Volunteer Program Development
    • Recruitment
    • Understanding Volunteer Motivations
    • Placement, Orientation, and Training
    Day 2: Tuesday, November 17th, 8:30am - 12:00pm
    • Risk Management
    • Supervision
    • Volunteer Recognition
    • Breakout Group topics

    Registration for this event will sign you up for both sessions. Zoom links to join this training remotely will be sent in the week before the event to those who have registered, along with a workbook to be used throughout the training. Questions? Contact melia.novaa@gmail.com

    About your Trainers:

    Melia Hadidian Tichenor, CVA is in her eleventh year of working in the volunteer management world in Portland, specializing in bringing learning experiences into the service environment. She currently serves as the Coordinator for the Student Community Engagement Center at Portland State University, helping empower students to engage with communities to create positive social change, in addition to training colleagues in volunteer management best practices with NOVAA. 

    Melia completed her Masters degree in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) and a Service-Learning Graduate Certificate through PSU’s Graduate School of Education and has been a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) since 2014. Prior to coming to Portland State, Melia spent eight years at Hands On Greater Portland, working to support hundreds of Hands On's nonprofit partners in developing a wide array of episodic volunteer projects, both for the Hands On Project Calendar and for various national days of service. In addition to her work with Hands On's nonprofit partners, she ran the Hands On Greater Portland TeamWorks program, which brought together teams of 10-12 volunteers to explore specific issue area or neighborhood through the lens of service learning and experiential education.

    Melia has also taken her volunteer management experience abroad to Armenia, where she served for four months as a volunteer consultant and trainer to the staff at Birthright Armenia, a program designed to connect young diasporan Armenians to their cultural and ancestral roots through volunteer positions and internships in the Armenian homeland. 

    Lupine DeSnyder is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) with over 20 years of experience in volunteer program management and community engagement in private, non-profit and government settings with organizations ranging from private businesses to public and non-profit organizations, such as the City of Portland and The Nature Conservancy. She also co-founded, managed and grew the affordable health care-based business, Working Class Acupuncture. Most recently, Lupine served as Community Access Coordinator in Volunteer Services with Metro Parks and Nature, and as Partnership Manager with the statewide environmental nonprofit, SOLVE, in Portland, Oregon.

    Lupine has trained and served as a neighborhood mediator with PCC/East Metro Mediation. She facilitates the East Portland Youth Advocates group, which strives to creatively connect and inform youth service providers in East Portland. She also serves on the board for Morpheus Youth Project, a non-profit that builds healthy communities for young people thru arts and culturally responsive activities both in and outside of correctional institutions. She has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Utah with a stint at University of Oregon tucked in there as well.

    In her distant past, Lupine was a State Parks Seasonal Park Ranger in Southern Utah and blames this for her passion around connecting people with natural areas by promoting equity in access and volunteerism. She is excited to share and learn from workshop participants.

    • November 17, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (PST)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom

    Connect with fellow volunteer program professionals for a Happy Hour. Grab a drink and let’s come together to share ideas and resources that may help each other through these changing and challenging times.

    Join us!

    Remote Zoom link will be provided in your event reminder email, sent a few days prior to the event date.

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