NOVAA hosts a variety of workshops, learning communities, happy hours, morning meet-ups and more throughout the year. Check below for more information about our upcoming events! 

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Upcoming events

    • December 05, 2017
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Re-Building Center, 3625 N. Mississippi, Portland 97227

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

    Volunteer turnover is a fact of non-profit organizational life!  This discussion will focus on ways to address volunteer attrition, the ups and downs of turnover, and explore ways that volunteer turnover can be seen and retooled as a healthy part of a volunteer-engaging organization.

    Please join fellow NOVAA members for a peer-to-peer discussion focused on volunteer turnover.
    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

    • January 29, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    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.
    • 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!

    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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