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

    • 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

    • March 08, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Cup and Bar - 118 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

    Get together with other NOVAA members to network, share resources, and enjoy some tasty food. Drop in anytime between 8:00-9:30 am and remember to bring a few business cards and your wallet, as this is a no-host event! (Pastries provided!)

    NOVAA members are always telling us that networking is one of the most valuable benefits of your membership. Can't make it to morning meet-up? Check the calendar for an upcoming Happy Hour event! Non-members are welcome to join this networking event, too!

    • 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.

    • April 05, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Migration Brewing Annex, 2828 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97232

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

    We have exciting plans for the 2018-19 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, hosting happy hours, and more! 

    Whether you are already committed or simply curious to learn more, we invite you to come on down to Migration Brewing on April 5 to eat some food, grab a drink, and learn more about serving on the NOVAA board or joining a committee! 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). Tasty appetizers included.

    RSVP to this event to let us know you'll be there to learn more about getting involved with NOVAA! 

    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 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, this workshop will explore the intertwining roles of community organizations and higher education in social change through civic engagement. 

    Join Stephanie Stokamer of Pacific University,  for a morning of learning and conversation around: 

    • 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
    • the current landscape of community partnerships in postsecondary education
    This 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.

    • June 04, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD

    Are you new to the field? Did "Volunteer Manager" just get added to your job description? Looking for some best practices to support your organization's volunteer program?

    This training is for you!

    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 day-long workshop covers:

    • Volunteer Program Development
    • Recruitment
    • Understanding Volunteer Motivations
    • Orientation and Training
    • Supervision
    • Risk Management
    • Recognition

    Join us develop your volunteer program to its fullest potential!
    Lunch and a light breakfast are included with your registration.

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