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

All current events are being hosted online via Zoom.


Upcoming events

    • December 07, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    This workshop will explore not only how to get started with implementing DEAI strategies in your volunteer team, but more importantly, how to keep moving forward when it seems your efforts are falling short.

    Learning Objectives include:

    1. How and where to start
    2. Overcoming the fear of saying the wrong thing
    3. Connecting with new communities
    4. Preparing your current team for change
    5. The importance of taking the journey one day, one step at a time
    6. Why resilience will be vital

    Nicole R. Smith is a Panamanian-American, workforce development specialist, published author of Game On! Relentlessly Pursue Your Dreams and the 101 Note-taking Affirmation Journal Series, motivational speaker, blogger, podcast host of From The Suggestion Box; Navigating Feedback The Good The Bad and the Say Whaaatttt??? and dancer.  She earned her Bachelor's degree via a Division I full-ride track scholarship and after graduating, she founded Step It Up! Inc., a non-profit dance organization. Her experience in sports and entertainment, radio, TV and the performing arts has spanned nearly 20 years covering the Chicago, Houston and Miami markets. She has danced and cheered for four professional and semi-professional sports teams, has prepared more than 500 interns to enter the workforce and has inspired crowds upwards of 2000. She was a contributing writer for The Life of a Single Mom for two years and in October 2020 she was awarded an Emerging Leader Award from Alive Impact Awards  for Volunteer Engagement Professionals. In 2019 she was listed as one of WLRN’s “Local Women Who Inspire You” and was selected as one of Legacy Miami’s Most Prominent and Influential Black Women In Business and Industry of 2019. She is passionate about giving back to her community and does so by sitting on the Boards of  the Association for Leaders In Volunteer Engagement, the Arts and Business Council of Miami and Ageless CHIC Magazine.


    • February 10, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    Our diversity can be a strength especially when it comes to motivation and appreciation. Understanding how volunteers are motivated can be key to retaining their partnership and making them feel genuinely appreciated. This workshop will look at three examples for understanding motivation amongst volunteers through a series of short activities and a personal motivation survey. Leaders of volunteers will then discuss the power of gratitude and discuss Languages of Appreciation based on the work of Gary Chapman and Paul White to better understand how they like to be appreciated and to learn how they can flex their appreciation muscle and show gratitude to volunteers who like to be appreciated in ways that differ from them. Be prepared to leave this session with a grateful heart and an understanding of how to express appreciation and motivate volunteers in meaningful ways.

      Faiza Venzant CVA is the Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. With 20 years of leadership experience in volunteer engagement, she continues this work with a goal of centering community amongst the profession, improving equity and access to volunteerism and increasing diversity amongst professional leaders of volunteers. In 2018, Faiza published her first children’s book entitled, My Mamma Wants to Eat Me Up! As a mother of two young boys, she has not actually eaten any of her children up.


      • February 28, 2022
      • March 01, 2022
      • 2 sessions
      • Offered remotely via Zoom
      • 20
      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 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 and address COVID-19 considerations along the way:

      Day 1: Monday, February 28th 8:15am - 12:00pm
      • Volunteer Program Development
      • Recruitment
      • Understanding Volunteer Motivations
      • Placement, Orientation, and Training
      Day 2: Tuesday, March 1st, 8:30am - 12:00pm
      • Risk Management
      • Supervision
      • Volunteer Recognition
      • Breakout Group topics

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

      Trainers: Melia Hadidian Tichenor and Liza Dyer (Bios coming soon)

    Past events

    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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