Dear Colleagues,

Many, if not all, of us are in the throes of planning for disrupted operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The situation is evolving at a rapid pace, and many of your organizations are on the front lines. We do not yet know the full extent of the impacts. NOVAA members represent a diverse group of nonprofit, government, health, and educational organizations, each of whom will experience unique impacts. NOVAA would like to offer some information and resources to help you navigate the impacts on your program and the volunteers you support.

Info related to volunteer program management:

Info related to nonprofit organizations and government agencies:

 Updates and health/safety guidelines:

 Info related to racism and stigma:

We’re here to support you! If you have questions/concerns, or would like to share ideas with other volunteer administrators, please join us on the member forums or email us at novaa.info@gmail.com.

 Most importantly, take care of yourselves. We’re all in this together. We are wishing you all the best.

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. 

We remain committed to providing support and resources for leaders in volunteer management, but, due to COVID-19, all our programming will be hosted remotely, via Zoom calls. Information is listed within each event description below. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Upcoming events

    • April 09, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Remote Session: Details to join in event description

    Please join us for Virtual Happy Hour on Thursday April 9th, 2020! 

    COVID-19 has affected all our lives in drastic ways and we've experienced a lot of change rapidly - in addition to immense uncertainty about the future.   Connecting with and supporting our peers is even more important now that we are physically distant. Connect with other volunteer management professionals to share anything you'd like about how this crisis has affected you, and/or resources that may help others. We are in this together. 

    We are saddened that we cannot meet in person for this event, but we look forward to connecting via Zoom - and please bring your own tasty libation and/or snack to simulate the networking event we hoped to provide you. 

    Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/903422132

    • April 15, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Remote Session: Details to join in event description

    Are you interested in gaining board experience, making great professional connections, and supporting NOVAA's work in the community

    NOVAA is an all-volunteer team supporting leaders in volunteer management through trainings, workshops, and networking events.

    As a member of the board, you can gain valuable professional experience, and work with an awesome team of Volunteer Managers to help with event planning, marketing, supporting our members, and more!

    We have exciting plans for the 2020-21 fiscal year and are currently recruiting a motivated slate of passionate board members to ensure that we are providing quality training and networking for our volunteer manager community in the coming year

    We are also excited to engage new committee members to help support the board in developing workshops, supporting professional development in our field, planning learning communities, on-boarding and welcoming new NOVAA members, designing newsletters, and hosting events! 

    Whether you are already committed or simply curious to learn more, we invite you to Join us virtually from 5:30pm and 7pm to learn more about serving on the NOVAA board or joining a committee in the coming year. Current board members will be present to talk about their experience and share more information about open positions (including leadership, member-at-large, and committee roles). 

    We are saddened that we cannot meet in person for this event, due to COVID-19, but we look forward to connecting via Zoom - and please bring your own tasty libation and/or snack to simulate the networking event we hoped to provide you.

    Please join us via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/489792525
    RSVPs are appreciated
    to let us know you're interested in learning more about getting involved with NOVAA! 

    Questions? Interested, but can't make it to the info session? Contact Jessica (jessicablack.novaa@gmail.comand we'll be in touch! You can also find the 2020-21 NOVAA Board Application here.

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

    • May 07, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Remote Session. Details to join in event description.

    Learning Communities invite volunteer management professionals to gather around relevant topics to both teach and learn from their peers in facilitated conversations.

    This session will be an opportunity to discuss challenges volunteer managers are encountering as a result of COVID-19 and resources to support one another during this time of uncertainty and adaptability. 

    Learning Communities are free for NOVAA Members and members of our partner organizations and just $10 for other guests.


    Due to COVID-19 and nationwide prevention measures, we will be offering this Learning Community remotely via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/253109515

    • May 18, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    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 training covers: 

    • Volunteer Program Development
    • Recruitment
    • Understanding Volunteer Motivations
    • Orientation and Training
    • Supervision
    • Risk Management
    • Recognition

    This full day training includes lunch and a light breakfast are included with your registration.

    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. Currently, Lupine is a Community Access Coordinator in Volunteer Services with Metro Parks and Nature, 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.

    • May 20, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • TBD

    Please join us for Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020! 

    Enjoy a few snacks, courtesy of NOVAA, while you get to know peers in the field of volunteer management. Learn about NOVAA's remaining workshops and trainings for the 2019-20 NOVAA season!

    Drop in anytime between 4:30 and 6:00pm and remember to bring a few business cards and your wallet as this is a no-host event.

    If evenings are too busy, check the calendar for an upcoming Morning Meet-Up. Non-members are welcome to join these networking events.


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!

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