NOVAA hosts a variety of workshops, learning communities, happy hours, morning meet-ups and more throughout the year. 

Upcoming events

    • December 14, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) in Portland, OR
    • 7

    Engaging volunteers requires many valuable skills which can be applied in various leadership situations.  However, it's often challenging to explain this to someone who has not experienced it.  In this workshop, we'll discuss the skills gained through lessons in volunteer engagement, how to apply those skills in other spaces in which you can be a leader, and advocate for your program in an equitable and collaborative way. 

    Jennifer R. Bennett joined VolunteerMatch to formalize and manage the organization’s volunteer engagement program. With her breadth of experience, she is well qualified to help VolunteerMatch’s community of nonprofits better recruit and engage volunteers. 

    She shares her knowledge with volunteer managers through the webinars found on the Learning Center, in newsletters and blog entries, and at conferences around the country.  She also co-hosts the Time + Talent Podcast with Tobi Johnson from VolunteerPro.  She contributed The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit chapter to the guide Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights that are Changing the World published by VolunteerMatch in 2015. And, she is the current Co-Editor and contributing author for the 4th Edition of Volunteer Administration: Professional Practice.

    She’s a strong believer in the importance of engaging volunteers in meaningful work and was certified in Volunteer Administration in 2009. She served on the Board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration from 2012-2018, and was the Chair from 2015-2018.  She currently volunteers with the Justice & Diversity Center and Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco and with the Social Justice Sewing Academy.  She holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA.

    • December 19, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual - Zoom link will be provided

    Join other volunteer management professionals for a virtual lunch hour! Let’s come together to share ideas and resources that may help each other, our organizations and the volunteer profession.

    Hosted by NOVAA Board members, learn more about us here. 

    • January 11, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Virtual - Zoom link will be provided

    Join other volunteer management professionals for a virtual lunch hour! Let’s come together to share ideas and resources that may help each other, our organizations and the volunteer profession.

    Hosted by NOVAA Board members, learn more about us here. 

    • January 18, 2023
    • 8:15 AM
    • January 19, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
    • 37

    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! 
    Day 1: Wednesday, January 18, 8:15 am - 12:00pm

    • Volunteer Program Development
    • Recruitment
    • Understanding Volunteer Motivations
    • Placement, Orientation, and Training
    Day 2: Thursday, January 19, 8:15 am - 12:00pm
    • Risk Management
    • Supervision
    • Volunteer Recognition
    • Breakout Group topics

    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 cover the following topics:

    Registration for this event will sign you up for both sessions. Zoom links to join this training remotely will be sent out the week before the event to those who have registered, along with a workbook to be used throughout the training. 

    Trainers: Jenn Forristal and Emily Coleman

    In her nearly two decades as a volunteer administrator, Jenn Forristal, CVA has managed programs for over 15,000 volunteers serving in diverse fields including social services, animal welfare, public media, national service, political campaigns, and professional associations. Currently, she is the Volunteer Resources Manager at OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting).

    Jenn earned her Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential in 2016 and is committed to her own professional development and continued learning, averaging over 50 hours of training annually in topics related to volunteer program management. Additionally, she has training in equity in volunteer program and workplace implementation, and advanced training in equity facilitation.  She served on the NOVAA board of directors for five years, three of which she served as president. Currently, she chairs a committee and serves as a mentor with AL!VE.

    Emily Coleman, CVA, has been working in volunteer and nonprofit administration since 2004 and is very committed to the work of connecting individuals and groups with meaningful, rewarding opportunities to serve and build community.  She is currently the volunteer program supervisor for Transition Projects, an organization supporting the needs of people experiencing homelessness while helping them find and maintain permanent housing. She has also run volunteer programs for youth development organizations, and in healthcare. These varied settings have given Emily insight into how volunteer recruitment, screening and risk management, training and retention need to be adapted to organizational needs.

    An avid volunteer herself, Emily supports several local organizations with her time, experience that further increases her understanding of different styles of volunteer management. She has also served on the NOVAA Board of Directors for four years, as both the fiscal chair and later as the programming chair.

    • January 24, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Portland Veterinary Medicine Association (PVMA) 10725 SW Barbur Blvd, Ste 120 Portland, OR 97219

    During this Learning Community Nicole Babnick will present on the labor law differences between volunteers, interns, and employees. Participants will also be able to ask questions, share achievements and challenges on this topic. 

    Nicole Babnick is an attorney with over 10 years of labor and employment law experience currently using her skills in the HR and compliance field. With the technical expertise of an attorney and the practical experience gained from working in the private sector and government, she has the unique ability to ensure legal compliance while meeting business needs. She also enjoys speaking gat ACFE events on topics such as emotional intelligence and empathy in workplace investigations. 

    • February 16, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Volunteers are often motivated to connect and strengthen their community.  However, how do we create ways to connect which are both authentic and inclusive?  In this workshop, we'll discuss why it is essential to cultivate community and ways to connect with members in creative and collaborative ways. 

    Darnesha Weary is an entrepreneur and motivational manager.  Not only has she started BlackCoffeeNW business, she has created events for local businesses to connect and create spaces for community members to utilize.  From the past work of racial equity and activism along with her family, she envisioned a space in the world of Coffee that could integrate excellent service, not just through amazing coffee, but an amazing shop where customers can experience the true brilliance that is black culture.  Whether it's the internship/development programs they provide for our community's youth, the collaborative events with fellow black business owners or the expansion of their brand in opening multiple locations, she continues to support learning and connections which strengthen her surrounding community.

    • April 19, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD in Portland Metro Area
    • 30

    Engage to Change is a team which provides anti-racism training for people and organizations.  They believe that addressing individual, organizational and systemic effects of racism must always be done in relationship and community.  Accountability, intersectional understanding, and action are key core components of how we structure our work. 

    RAKEEM WASHINGTON (he/him/his) Co-Founder and Facilitator
    Rakeem Washington is a Portland native and believes in the power and importance of connecting with community. Prior to the beginning of his professional career, he spent hours as a volunteer, mentor, and coach for families and various community based organizations. Rakeem continued his passion for working with children and families after graduating from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008 when he began work as a staff attorney for the Juvenile Rights Project, a public defense law firm representing children and parents in child welfare, school discipline, and juvenile delinquency cases. After witnessing, first hand, the racial disparities that exist in the intersection of the foster care, educational, and criminal justice systems, Rakeem shifted focus to more targeted equity work. He has continued that work in various forms while working with Portland Public Schools, the Oregon Judicial Department, and the Portland Observer Newspaper. Rakeem also has taught in Portland State University’s University Studies Department teaching a class called Race, Class, Gender and Social Justice. His students work year-long to create action projects that work against poverty, houselessness, mass incarceration, economic immobility, educational deficiencies, diminishing mental health services and all of the comorbid permutations disparately facing BIPOC folks. Throughout his professional career, Rakeem has advocated for those with marginalized identities, and continues to do so through his work at Engage to Change. He learned early that true anti-racism/anti-oppression work requires building coalitions by creating authentic relationships. He teaches students, college faculty, fellow attorneys, business leaders and government employees in well-versed and established equity principles. He has led conversations and trainings at the Governor’s Summit on Minority Over-Representation in the Juvenile Justice System, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education and the National Conference of Association of Community College Trustees.

    KASIA RUTLEDGE (she/her/hers) Co-Founder and Facilitator
    Kasia Rutledge is an anti-racism and anti-oppression trainer as well as a capital defense attorney. For over 18 years, she has developed workshops and trained organizations, individuals, academic institutions, currently and formerly incarcerated people, and not-for-profits in equity, anti-racism, and holistic justice-based programming. As an attorney, Kasia has been privileged to represent poor people accused of major felonies. Kasia is also an adjunct professor at Portland State teaching a course on race, oppression, and activism. There she works with Black, Brown, Indigenous, API, Immigrant, houseless, and justice-affected youth on dismantling concepts of banking education, and on understanding the intersectionality of oppressions, helping them gain agency and joy in pursuit of their educational and career goals. Understanding that anti-racism work must center self-care, Kasia loves to make complicated meals and camp. Kasia has spent her career working in all kinds of fields related to equity, access, and difficult conversations. Whether as an anti-racism trainer, a public defender who helps folks navigate complicated and impossible life-altering situations, as a counselor at Planned Parenthood, who sat with folks making difficult decisions about potentially ending a pregnancy or as Executive Director of a not-for-profit housing organization in rural Kansas which struggled to adapt to the racist dynamics in a farming community, Kasia has spent her life understanding intersectional needs and celebrating the resilience of folks on the margins. Specifically, as a trainer, Kasia works to de-center whiteness, find where racism lives in each of our bodies, and compassionately hold white folks accountable to the work while centering the voices of folks on the margins. As a white, Queer, cis-woman, Kasia uses humility and her own stories of causing harm to people of color to make the work of undoing racism accessible for other white folks.

Past events

November 16, 2022 Networking Happy Hour
October 25, 2022 Coffee with Volunteer Leaders
October 20, 2022 Virtual Learning Community: Resources available to you to help you succeed as a volunteer administrator
September 16, 2022 Corporate Volunteer Partnerships: Building relationships for events and ongoing opportunities
June 23, 2022 Annual Meeting & Celebration
May 17, 2022 Learning Community: Coordinating Volunteers while working within a Union
May 09, 2022 Lunchtime Social Hour
April 26, 2022 Info Session: Learn about joining the NOVAA Board
April 11, 2022 Info Session: Learn about joining the NOVAA Board
April 07, 2022 De-Escalation Practices: Responding with Empathy, Verbally & Non-Verbally
March 30, 2022 Info Session: Learn about joining the NOVAA Board
March 17, 2022 Info Session: Learn about joining the NOVAA Board
March 15, 2022 Networking Happy Hour
March 09, 2022 Learning Community: Reflective Conversation around issues of Equity and Inclusion
February 28, 2022 Volunteer Management 101 Training
February 15, 2022 "VOLentines" Day Social Hour
February 10, 2022 Thank You and You and You: Motivation and Appreciation for All
January 25, 2022 Learning Community: De-Escalating Conflict
January 12, 2022 Lunchtime Social Hour
December 07, 2021 Resilience: A Vital Ingredient In Your DEAI Strategy
December 02, 2021 Morning Social Hour
November 17, 2021 Social Happy Hour
October 28, 2021 Learning Community: Training Volunteers in Customer Service
October 12, 2021 Lunchtime Social Hour
September 08, 2021 8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program and Crafting Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment Messages
June 10, 2021 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Member Meeting
April 12, 2021 Volunteer Management 201 (Remote Training)
April 06, 2021 Learning Community: Keeping Volunteers Engaged During and After COVID-19
March 30, 2021 Workshop: Creative Expression for Compassion Fatigue
March 24, 2021 Lunchtime Social Hour
February 25, 2021 Happy Hour
February 22, 2021 Volunteer Management 101 (Remote Training)
February 18, 2021 Learning Community: Tips for Job Hunters: Resume Building and Interviewing
February 04, 2021 Lunch Social - Equity Workshop Peer Discussion
January 28, 2021 Creating a More Diverse & Inclusive Environment Through the Mechanisms That Engage Volunteers
December 17, 2020 Lunchtime Social Hour
December 09, 2020 Learning Community: Volunteer Databases
November 17, 2020 Happy Hour
November 10, 2020 Developing Virtual Training for Volunteers: Tools and Best Practices
October 29, 2020 Morning Meet Up
October 13, 2020 Learning Community: Staff and Volunteer Relations
September 29, 2020 Lunchtime Social Hour
September 29, 2020 Starting Fresh with Staff and Volunteer Relations
August 24, 2020 Volunteer Management 201 (Remote Training)
July 27, 2020 Volunteer Management 101 (Remote Training)
June 25, 2020 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Member Meeting
June 18, 2020 Community Discussion: Volunteer Reintegration Planning – Bringing Back Onsite Volunteers
June 10, 2020 Virtual Morning Meetup for Volunteer Leaders
May 20, 2020 Virtual Happy Hour for Volunteer Leaders
May 18, 2020 Volunteer Management 101 (Remote Training)
May 07, 2020 Community Discussion: Volunteer Management in the time of COVID-19
April 23, 2020 Virtual Morning Meetup for Volunteer Leaders
April 15, 2020 Join the NOVAA Board! (Virtual Info Session)
April 09, 2020 Virtual Happy Hour: Support during COVID-19
April 01, 2020 Nonviolent Communication for Maximum Effectiveness and Connection
March 03, 2020 Morning Meet Up for Leaders of Volunteers
February 19, 2020 Creating Affirming Spaces for LGBTQ+ Individuals with Seth Johnstone
February 04, 2020 Volunteer Management 201
January 09, 2020 Happy Hour for Volunteer Leaders
December 05, 2019 Learning Community: Creating Inclusive Spaces for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Volunteers
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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