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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

December 4 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at MME Fine Art, 74 E. 79th Street.

NYAVA is pleased to announce our next Networking Happy Hour, to be held on the evening of December 4, 2014. This event is free for members and guests. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided free of charge.
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NYAVA’s Signature Course
NYAVA will once again offer our signature course, Principles and Practices of Volunteer Management, in November.
Come develop and strengthen your volunteer program with NYAVA’s signature volunteer management course.  The Principles & Practices of Volunteer Program Management provides 2 days of intensive instruction on all the essential elements of an effective volunteer program. You will work in an interactive group setting with our two experienced instructors and your volunteer management peers to build skills that will be immediately useful to your program. Whether you are building the foundation of a new volunteer program or enhancing your current work with volunteers, Principles & Practices contains all the tools you will need to face the challenges of volunteer management.
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North Allegheny officials say new state law on volunteers problematic
Pittsburgh school districts have always had the choice of whether to require clearances for volunteers, or even what types of volunteers. A new law makes no distinction between active volunteers and seasonal volunteers.Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 11/20/2014
A Great Recipe for Positive Social Change: Mix One Young Entrepreneur With a Team of Volunteers
One of the themes fresh on the minds of  young entrepreneurs is how to harness the power of volunteerism to promote change in communities. Huffington Post, 11/14/2014
A new model for the 21st century youth volunteer
As the world becomes increasingly more connected and integrated due to globalization, technology and increased mobility, is there also a need to change how we look at volunteerism in the 21st century?Devex, 11/05/2014
An appeal for volunteerism: If not for others, do it for you

Telling people that they should volunteer is like telling them that they should donate a kidney. Both sentiments invoke an unnecessary moral burden. 

The Pitt News, 11/02/2014
Millions volunteer across USA for Make A Difference Day
Millions of people took part in the nation's largest day of volunteerism Saturday as Make A Difference Day kicked off with thousands of projects around the country.USA Today, 10/25/2014