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

    • December 05, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Oregon Community Foundation: 1221 SW Yamhill St Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205
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    A NOVAA Learning Community event is where volunteer management professionals gather around relevant topics to both teach and learn from their peers in facilitated conversations

    Estimates show that Oregon has the seventh highest per capita trans population in the United States thanks to the legal and medical protections the state provides. Couple this with a high rate of activism and volunteerism within the trans community and you have a recipe for enthusiastic and highly devoted volunteers for your organization.  Kit Lorelied and Sinclair St. Sinclair  (Tualatin Public Library) will  outline some ways to make trans volunteers feel welcome and supported as they give back to their community.

    There will be time for peer-to-peer discussion focused on implementing ways to welcome and support transgender volunteers, so come with your ideas and questions for fellow NOVAA members!


    • January 09, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Ecliptic Brewing: 825 N. Cook St, Portland, OR 97227
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    Please join us for Happy Hour on Thursday, January 9th! 

    Enjoy a few snacks, courtesy of NOVAA, while you get to know peers in the field of volunteer management. Learn about the rest of NOVAA's 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.

    • February 04, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Metro: 600 Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232
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    Take the next step into the amazing field of volunteer management and join us for Volunteer Management 201!

    This advanced training prepares volunteer managers to tackle the challenging and complex issues of volunteer engagement and program sustainability, to help you build the skills you will need to lead the volunteers of 2020 and beyond.

    This full day training is designed for volunteer managers who have completed Volunteer Management 101 or those who are seeking advanced training in the field. Facilitated by Lupine DeSnyder and Melia Tichenor, both of whom have been working in the field of nonprofit and volunteer management for over nine years. This interactive workshop will focus on next-level topics, including: 

    • Equipping Staff to Engage Volunteers
    • Organizational Culture & Communication
    • Cultivating Leadership Volunteers
    • Volunteer Program Evaluation
    • ...and more!
    Volunteer Management 201 builds on the basics of Volunteer Management 101. Volunteer Management 101 is not required in order to take 201, but we do recommend it.

    Lunch and a light breakfast are included with your registration.

    REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!

    • February 19, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Southeast Uplift, 534 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214
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    Join us for a morning of training and discussion on creating affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals in our organizations and volunteer programs.

    After nearly two decades of working with sexual and gender minority youth, New Avenues for Youth and the SMYRC program know firsthand that the harassment and discrimination they experience commonly lead to adverse long-term impacts on their education, safety, mental health, well-being, and future socioeconomic status.

    Bridge 13 community education training is designed to address root causes of discrimination impacting the LGBTQ+ community and to create affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ people of all ages. The Bridge 13 curriculum is broad in scope and covers topics related to sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and gender expression. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the barriers that LGBTQ+ individuals face and take away tangible skills to create more equitable and accessible workplaces. 

    Seth Johnstone is the LGBTQ Education Specialist for the Bridge 13 Community Education Project at SMYRC (Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center). In addition to facilitating equity trainings, Seth holds a staff role at SMYRC’s resource center, working with and being inspired by queer and trans young people. Seth believes deeply in the role that community education can play in motivating people into action, awakening empathy, building alliances, and developing robust and accessible resources.

    • March 03, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Cup & Bar: 118 NE MLK Blvd, Portland OR 97232
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    Please join us at Cup & Bar on Tuesday, March 3, 2020!

    Enjoy a few pastries, courtesy of NOVAA, while you get to know peers in the field of volunteer management. Participants will purchase their own coffee/tea/beverage.

    Drop in anytime and remember to bring a few business cards and your wallet as this is a no-host event.

    If mornings are too packed check the calendar for an upcoming Happy Hour. Non-members are welcome to join these networking events.


    • March 31, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • ReBuilding Center: 3625 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
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    Learning Communities invite volunteer management professionals to gather around relevant topics to both teach and learn from their peers in facilitated conversations. Sessions start out with a short presentation or panel discussion, followed by Q&A and an open facilitated discussion. 

    If you've been thinking about getting your CVA certification and would like to hear more from peers that have been through the process please make your calendar! 

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



    • April 23, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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    As volunteer managers, caregivers, educators, and others in helping professions, we speak about the importance of self-care to others but often fail to follow our own advice. It’s time to make time to gather in a supportive, interactive and relaxed environment to begin the conversation about the demands of our work and the sometimes negative effects on our well-being.

    In Katherina's workshops, participants learn about the impact of compassion fatigue through a variety of focused activities. Katherina guides participants to recognize their own symptoms and lessen the negative effects, gain self-awareness, and reconnect to their purpose and mission.

    These workshops offer an opportunity to begin or continue the conversation about the emotional and physical cost of helping others who hurt. We learn that compassion fatigue is normal and that with support, knowledge and a self-care plan we can perform our best when we help others.

    Katherina Alexandre, M.A.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional is recognized in the field of compassion fatigue and positive self-care activities that enhance well-being, solidify a commitment to self-care and team alliances. 

    • May 18, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Grotto: 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97220
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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 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
    • Breakside Brewery: 1570 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
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    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.

Past events

November 13, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Leaders of Volunteers
November 07, 2019 Getting to What Matters -- How To Meaningfully Measure Program Impact with Steve Patty
October 29, 2019 Volunteer Management 101
October 15, 2019 Happy Hour for Volunteer Leaders
October 10, 2019 Learning Community: CVA Certification: Process and Tips for Preparing for your CVA Exam
September 18, 2019 Long Distance Management of Volunteers with Rick Lynch
September 18, 2019 2019/20 NOVAA Workshop Package: Four workshops for the price of three!
September 06, 2019 Happy Hour for Volunteer Leaders
July 10, 2019 Happy Hour for Leaders of Volunteers: Connect with Local College/University Engagement Staff
June 06, 2019 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Member Meeting
May 21, 2019 Training: Volunteer Management 101
May 15, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Leaders of Volunteers
May 02, 2019 Learning Community: Volunteering While Transgender
April 25, 2019 Workshop: Mission-Essential Skills for the 21st Century Leader of Volunteers with Barry Altland
April 16, 2019 Happy Hour for Volunteer Leaders
April 04, 2019 Hors d'oeuvres & Info: Learn about Joining the NOVAA Board or a Committee for the 2019-20 Year
March 22, 2019 Learning Community: Seen & Heard - Getting a Seat at the Executive Table
March 19, 2019 Training: Volunteer Management 301 with Jim Laden (*Note: This training is not included in the workshop package.)
March 14, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Leaders
February 19, 2019 Workshop: Building Stronger Staff-Volunteer Relationships with Erin Barnhart
February 12, 2019 Happy Hour for Leaders of Volunteers
January 31, 2019 Training: Volunteer Management 201
January 16, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Leaders of Volunteers
December 06, 2018 Learning Community: Removing Barriers By Thinking Outside the Box
November 13, 2018 Workshop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Phu Dao
November 12, 2018 2018-19 NOVAA Workshop Package II: 20% off of three workshops!
October 29, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 101
October 16, 2018 Morning Meet-Up for Volunteer Leaders
October 04, 2018 Learning Community: Delegation: Empowering Volunteers and Creating Team Leaders
September 18, 2018 Happy Hour for Volunteer Managers
September 12, 2018 Workshop: Carve Your Own Path with Dana Litwin, CVA
September 12, 2018 2018-19 NOVAA Workshop Package: 25% off all four workshops!
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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