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Our mission is to advance and serve the volunteer resources management profession in the New York City area.

Tip of the Month

When Volunteerism Jeopardizes Unemployment Benefits

With so many people out of work and a renewed focus on volunteerism as a way to enhance a resume and increase chances of finding new employment, some may wonder if volunteer work can jeopardize an individual's unemployment benefits. The State Department of New York has clear guidelines outlining when volunteer work may be in conflict with the colletion of benefits. Responsible Volunteer Managers should educate themselves on these guidelines.
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Featured Member

Staci-Jo Bruce

Staci-Jo Bruce

This month, NYAVA wishes to highlight Staci-Jo Bruce, a new member and the recipient of a NYAVA Scholarship to the June 2013 Points of Light conference in Washington D.C.  Staci-Jo is currently the Director of Volunteer Services at The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York (CCANY).  She oversees the mobilization, recruitment, and maintenance of the volunteer program for Catholic Charities NY and acts as a resource for over 90 Catholic Charities agencies. asd

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Special Events
NYAVA Networking Happy Hour
August 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Wheeltapper Pub in the Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel at 141 East 44th St.
NYAVA is pleased to announce our next Networking Happy Hour, to be held on the evening of August 25, 2015. This event is free for members and guests. Hors d'oeuvreswill be provided free of charge.
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Shaping the Future of Your Organization

June 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
New York Cares, 65 Broadway, New York, NY
Breakfast and Lunch Included!

Join us for the Better Impact - AL!VE Hybrid Conference. Visit our workshops page for details.
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Repay Your Student Loans by Doing Volunteer Work
Student loans have a direct effect on the willingness to volunteer, since graduates cannot afford to spend time doing free work.Big Think, 08/14/2015
Gap Year Volunteering: How To Do It Right
With so many organisations offering volunteering placements abroad, it’s not easy to determine which project might be the most ethical, sustainable, or be the most beneficial – for both the targeted communities and the volunteers. The Guardian, 08/13/2015
Generosity: it is a simple way to stay healthier
Study after study has shown that, all other physical factors being equal, your mind and body will be healthier if you freely help others. Chicago Tribune, 08/06/2015
Good Neighbor Center aims to steer volunteers where they’re needed
As the new chief volunteer engagement officer at United Way, Ms. Martin, 47, is charged with developing the center by creating partnerships between corporations, nonprofits, schools, universities, churches and other organizations seeking to connect volunteers with recurring, meaningful projects that will have long-term impact on the region.Post Gazette, 07/26/2015
What Does an Ad for Volunteer Professors Portend for Nonprofit Work?
Reactions to the ad, as recounted by Rebecca Schuman for Slate, revealed how many young academics, studying for or holding Ph.D. degrees, see their careers as having to function as volunteers or quasi-volunteers in the university setting. Nonprofit Quarterly, 07/23/2015