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

    • January 29, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, 619 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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    Join us for Volunteer Management 201 to take the next step into the amazing field of Volunteer Management! 

    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 Liza Dyer 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!
    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 2017 and beyond.

    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.

    This Volunteer Management training is made possible in part through NOVAA's partnership with Hands On Greater Portland, a program of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

    • February 06, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Breakside Brewery - NW Slabtown, 1570 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

    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.

    While this is a free event, please 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!

    • February 27, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Oregon Community Foundation, 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205

    The NOVAA Learning Community – Volunteer management professionals gathering around relevant topics to both teach and learn from their peers in facilitated conversations.

    In February, join us in a discussion of the topic of accessibility modifications and potential resources to support volunteers with disabilities to engage with your volunteer program. How can you support volunteers who request accommodations to volunteer with you? What partners can you connect with to develop job training programs and adults with disabilities in the community?

    Please join fellow NOVAA members for a peer-to-peer discussion; to kick off the topic, we will hear from Colleen O'Toole, Volunteer Program Manager for Habitat for Humanity ReStores and Whitney Welsh, Community Engagement Manager, Portland Children's Museum.
      Most of the session will be spent in peer-to-peer discussion, so please come with your ideas and questions about volunteer recognition.

    Questions? Need help signing up? Contact admin@novaa.org.

    • March 15, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The Grotto - 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97220
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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, focusing on:

    • Maximizing the potential of volunteer and volunteer/staff teams
    • Utilizing effective feedback to strengthen your program at all stages
    • Tapping deeper into volunteer motivations to ensure high performance
    • Developing volunteer capabilities that are meaningful to the individual and essential for your organization
    • ... and more!

    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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