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

    • March 24, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    Connect with fellow volunteer program professionals for a lunchtime social hour. Let’s come together to share ideas and resources that may help each other through these changing and challenging times.

    Remote zoom link access will be provided in your event reminder email. 



    • March 30, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
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    Volunteer management has always had its own challenges, not to mention balancing your burnout while keeping volunteers engaged and active. You’ve been required to be a leader, a wrangler, a coach, and a project manager (to name a few roles). But now you have to translate all those hard-earned skills to a whole new context. The field of volunteer management is changing, along with every other field, and the burden of navigating this new territory while supporting your volunteers through their process can feel like too much for our hearts and minds to bear.

    What can we do about it?

    In this workshop we’ll engage with our experiences of compassion fatigue and burnout through creative expression, reflection, and discussion. We’ll explore themes of despair, isolation, and self-doubt as well as those of healing, hope, and honesty. We’ll reconnect with what brought us to this profession, and in doing so find ways to inspire and foster hope in the volunteers we care for. 

    Suggested supplies to have on hand: markers, pencils, pens, papers, cardboard, tissue paper, paint, anything that you might find around your home to enhance your art experience. 

    Suggestions for your setting: it is expected that participants will have a private space and/or headphones to respect everyone’s process and confidentiality. 

    The art process can elicit a range of emotions and participants are encouraged to track with themselves around their needs and limits.

    Workshop leader, Whitney Hall, uses humor and art as a healing force for addressing burnout and compassion fatigue. Through collective experiences and assisted self-expression she finds playful ways to shed light on uncomfortable issues while exploring what role culture and systems play in causing this mess. Whitney Hall is a licensed art therapist and licensed professional therapist in the Portland area and has spoken nationally and internationally on her observations of burnout, compassion fatigue, grief, and loss.


    • April 12, 2021
    • 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom
    • 11
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    Take the next step into the amazing field of volunteer management and join us for Volunteer Management 201!

    This 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 2021 and beyond.

    This interactive training is designed for volunteer managers who have completed Volunteer Management 101 or those who are seeking advanced training in the field. Facilitated by Lupine DeSnyder and Melia Tichenor, both of whom have been working in the field of nonprofit and volunteer management for over a decade.

    Typically a full-day offering, this 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 covering the following topics and address COVID-19 considerations along the way:

    Day 1: Monday, April 12, 8:15am - 12:00pm
    • Organizational Culture & Volunteers
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Equipping Staff to Engage Volunteers
    • Cultivating Leadership Volunteers
    Day 2: Tuesday, April 13, 8:15am - 12:00pm
    • Motivational Leadership
    • Advocating for your Volunteer Program
    • Program Evaluation Strategies
    • 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. Questions? Contact melia.novaa@gmail.com

    Join us and develop your volunteer program to its fullest potential!

    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. Most recently, Lupine served as Community Access Coordinator in Volunteer Services with Metro Parks and Nature, and as Partnership Manager with the statewide environmental nonprofit, SOLVE, 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.

Past events

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 23, 2020 ***POSTPONED*** Compassion Fatigue and the Art of Self Care with Katherina Alexandre
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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