The NOVAA Learning Community 

Volunteer management professionals gathering around relevant topics to both teach and learn from their peers in facilitated conversations. 

The NOVAA Learning Community events are free for NOVAA members and partner organizations and $10 for non-members.

Learning Community sessions focus on one relevant topic at a time. The sessions start out with a short presentation or panel discussion, followed by Q&A and an open facilitated discussion. All members are welcome to the NOVAA Learning Community, but participants are expected to review any pre-session reading assignments and be prepared for advanced discussions.


Upcoming Learning Community Sessions

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 8:30 to 10 am at the ReBuilding Center. Topic is CVA Certification: Process and Tips for Preparing for your CVA Exam
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 3:30 to 5 pm at Hands On Portland. Topic is Creating Inclusive Spaces for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Volunteers. 
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2019 from 8:30 to 10 am at the ReBuilding Center. Topic is Non-violent Communication: How to deliver and give difficult feedback. 
  • Thursday, May 7, 2019 from 3:30 to 5 pm. Location and Topic TBD. 

Past Learning Community Topics:

  • Volunteering While Trans (May 2019)
  • Seen & Heard: Getting a Seat at the Executive Table (March 2019)
  • Recruitment: Removing Barriers by Thinking Outside the Box (Dec 2018)
  • Delegation: Empowering Volunteers and Creating Team Leaders (Oct 2018)
  • ADA & Inclusion (February 2018)
  • Embracing Volunteer Turnover (December 2017)
  • Volunteer Recognition Deconstructed (June 2017)
  • Performance Issues and Difficult Conversations (April 2017)
  • Developing a Communications Plan (March 2017)
  • Internship Programs (Oct 2016)
  • Training Staff to Work with Volunteers (June 2016)
  • ADA & Inclusion in Volunteer Programs (April 2016)
  • Facilitating Service-Learning & Engagement Students (Feb 2016)
  • 'Tis the Season... Avoiding Burn-out (Dec 2015)
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