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 26, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Brix - 1338 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97209

    Get together with other NOVAA members to network, share resources, and enjoy some tasty food. Drop in anytime between 4:30pm-6:00pm and remember to bring a few business cards and your wallet, as this is a no-host event in partnership with Hands On Greater Portland.

    RSVP so that adequate space is reserved.

    NOVAA members are always telling us that networking is one of the most valuable benefits of your membership. Can't make it to happy hour? Check the calendar for an upcoming Breakfast or Lunch Meetup event!


    • October 18, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette - 619 SW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97205
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    Join us for our second workshop of the year, as we bring Daryl Dixon back for another morning workshop, this time focused on building our skills as leaders, team-builders, and effective coaches in our work with volunteers, interns, colleagues, and more!

    Forward-thinking Leaders have discovered that the same skills that coaches use to create winners in athletics work in a workplace setting as well. This innovative workshop is designed to teach you powerful coaching methods to turn your volunteers and staff into super productive, motivated winners!

    You'll instill the kind of energy and enthusiasm that makes productivity soar. How? Supplement your own managerial abilities with compelling coaching and counseling skills, and watch the incredible results.

    This program will teach you step by step, how to produce a "game plan" that ensures you'll reach your goals and objectives. Plus, find out how to maximize every volunteer’s abilities … and uncover strengths and talents you never knew existed!

    Five Essential Coaching Skills You Will Learn In this Seminar

    • Communicating – Techniques to break down communication barriers.
    • Motivating – How to be demanding without creating resentment while empowering your volunteers and employees to take responsibility for their own jobs and accomplishments.
    • Counseling – How to stop problem situations before they get out of hand.
    • Using Good Judgment – Learn a fail-safe method to spot every employee’s strengths and weaknesses and utilize both to the benefit of the team. 
    • Utilize the Available Talent – Learn the exact steps you must take to neutralize problems and pull even the most divided work group together as a team.

    Daryl Dixon is regarded as one of the most powerful, inspirational and relevant speakers and trainers on the subject of workforce diversity. Daryl is the founder of Diversity Resource Group (DRG), and the Professional Diversity Practitioners Network. Daryl works with organizations to help create an optimal work environment – an environment where every employee feels recognized, appreciated, valued and that his/her talents are being optimally utilized. Daryl has consulted with organizations that range from small non-profits to Fortune 500. Daryl received certification as an EEO Investigator from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

    An award-winning diversity practitioner, Daryl has presented at numerous diversity conferences, including the national SHRM Diversity Conference. Daryl was cited in HR Magazine for his expertise in the area of workforce diversity. Daryl served as an EEO Officer in the US Army, the Director of Multicultural Services at George Fox University and the Chief Diversity Officer of Multnomah County, the second most populous county in the Northwest.

    • November 09, 2017
    • United Way of the Columbia Willamette - Boardroom, 619 SW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97205

    Are you new to the field? Did "Volunteer Manager" just get added to your job description? Looking for some best practices to support your organization's volunteer program?

    This training is for you!

    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 day-long workshop covers:

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

    Join us develop your volunteer program to its fullest potential!

    Lunch and a light breakfast are included with your registration.
    • March 15, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The Mazamas Building, 527 SE 43rd Ave, Portland, OR 97215
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    Have you been working in the field of volunteer administration for awhile now? Are you looking to take your volunteer management savvy to the next level?

    As requested by many of our members, NOVAA is excited to present our first Volunteer Management 301 workshop, dedicated to building on themes of our Volunteer Management 101 and 201 trainings and digging in to management skills relevant to advanced practitioners and others looking for a "301" learning experience. 

    After years spent training new volunteer administrators in NOVAA’s Volunteer Management 101 and 201 classes, Jim Laden is back by popular demand with this new 301 offering!

    Jim Laden has had an extensive career in human resources, program management, education, and training. He is currently the VP of Leadership and Talent at FoodCorps. Prior to these experiences, Jim worked as the Director or Learning and Volunteer Resources for AFS Intercultural Programs and in Career Services at Lewis & Clark College. In addition, he spent 10 years as an adjunct instructor in the Human Development Department at Clark Community College. 

    Jim has been an active community volunteer since serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone in the mid-1980s. In the Portland area, he has been involved in volunteer leadership roles with The Pangaea Project, the Atkinson Elementary PTA and the Cascade AIDS Project. He has a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia.

    • May 21, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Location TBD - Portland
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    In the face of daily news turmoil and perpetual social and environmental challenges, educational institutions and community organizations are uniquely positioned to work together for positive change that can make a difference locally to globally. Through a combination of active, interactive, and introspective learning activities, participants in this workshop will explore the intertwining roles of community organizations and higher education in social change through civic engagement. 

    This workshop will cover fundamental concepts of civic engagement and social change (including civic learning, service-learning, partnerships, and collective impact); connections between education, mission, and civic action; strategies for partnering with colleges and universities; and the current landscape of community partnerships in postsecondary education. The workshop will be relevant for people who work with college students as interns or volunteers, partner with college campuses, seek to enhance the learning outcomes for volunteers, and/or want to reflect on their own role as organizational agents in complex communities.

    Stephanie Stokamer has worked in educational, non-profit, and national service sectors in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years and is currently the director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University. She holds Master’s degrees in Education and Social Sciences, as well as a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, from Portland State.

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