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

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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
New NYAVA Workshop!
Walking the Talk: Best Practices for Working with a Diverse Volunteer Base
Presenter: Imani Henry, Diversity Trainer & Organizational Development Consultant, OD for the People
Location: East Harlem Asthma Center, 161-169 East 110th Street (between Third & Lexington
The goal of this workshop is to provide colleagues with language, theories, and tools to begin assessing their own practices in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This will be an introductory workshop to ensure participants with varying levels of knowledge related to racial and social justice and equity issues can attend, participate, and leave with new knowledge. For more information, visit:
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As One Career Wraps Up, Finding That Next Role
Employers are creating programs for their retirees that provide transitions to post-career jobs and volunteer opportunities.New York Times, 09/26/2014
Survey Americans Interest in Volunteering and Charity is Precipitously Declining
it's clear many Americans feel that for all their hard work and best efforts to contribute to their communities, we should be further down the path to recovery by now.  And that’s left many Americans very tired.Forbes, 09/21/2014
Editorial: AmeriCorps: Charity by government
Clinton-era agency deserves a goodbye party, not an anniversary gala.Washington Times, 09/11/2014
Letís Deemphasize Peopleís Motivations Behind Advocacy and Volunteering
Not all volunteerism fueled by initial motivations to embellish a resume necessarily translates to empty volunteer hours devoid of tangible impact.Huffington Post, 09/05/2014
Donít Undersell Volunteer Experience
 Often volunteer positions are just as relevant as paid roles. Boston Globe, 08/31/2014