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!  

Want to see events in calendar form? Click on "Switch to Calendar View" below, on the righthand side of the page. 

Note: NOVAA typically runs programming between September and June, taking the months of July and August to regroup, plan the upcoming year, and train a new board of directors. 

Upcoming events

    • April 09, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Remote Session: Details to join in event description
    Register



    Please join us for Virtual Happy Hour on Thursday April 9th, 2020! 

    COVID-19 has affected all our lives in drastic ways and we've experienced a lot of change rapidly - in addition to immense uncertainty about the future.   Connecting with and supporting our peers is even more important now that we are physically distant. Connect with other volunteer management professionals to share anything you'd like about how this crisis has affected you, and/or resources that may help others. We are in this together. 

    We are saddened that we cannot meet in person for this event, but we look forward to connecting via Zoom - and please bring your own tasty libation and/or snack to simulate the networking event we hoped to provide you. 

    Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/903422132

    • April 15, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Remote Session: Details to join in event description
    Register

    Are you interested in gaining board experience, making great professional connections, and supporting NOVAA's work in the community

    NOVAA is an all-volunteer team supporting leaders in volunteer management through trainings, workshops, and networking events.

    As a member of the board, you can gain valuable professional experience, and work with an awesome team of Volunteer Managers to help with event planning, marketing, supporting our members, and more!

    We have exciting plans for the 2020-21 fiscal year and are currently recruiting a motivated slate of passionate board members to ensure that we are providing quality training and networking for our volunteer manager community in the coming year

    We are also excited to engage new committee members to help support the board in developing workshops, supporting professional development in our field, planning learning communities, on-boarding and welcoming new NOVAA members, designing newsletters, and hosting events! 

    Whether you are already committed or simply curious to learn more, we invite you to Join us virtually from 5:30pm and 7pm to learn more about serving on the NOVAA board or joining a committee in the coming year. Current board members will be present to talk about their experience and share more information about open positions (including leadership, member-at-large, and committee roles). 

    We are saddened that we cannot meet in person for this event, due to COVID-19, but we look forward to connecting via Zoom - and please bring your own tasty libation and/or snack to simulate the networking event we hoped to provide you.

    Please join us via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/489792525
    RSVPs are appreciated
    to let us know you're interested in learning more about getting involved with NOVAA! 

    Questions? Interested, but can't make it to the info session? Contact Jessica (jessicablack.novaa@gmail.comand we'll be in touch! You can also find the 2020-21 NOVAA Board Application here.

    The Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association (NOVAA) is dedicated to providing volunteer administrators in NW Oregon with professional development and networking opportunities.  Our mission is to inspire, develop and support leaders in volunteer engagement.

    • May 07, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Remote Session. Details to join in event description.
    Register

    Learning Communities invite volunteer management professionals to gather around relevant topics to both teach and learn from their peers in facilitated conversations.

    This session will be an opportunity to discuss challenges volunteer managers are encountering as a result of COVID-19 and resources to support one another during this time of uncertainty and adaptability. 

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

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    Due to COVID-19 and nationwide prevention measures, we will be offering this Learning Community remotely via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/253109515

    • May 18, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register


    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
    • TBD
    Register



    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

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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