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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

July 15 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at  Friends of the High Line, 820 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

NYAVA is pleased to announce our next Networking Happy Hour, to be held on the evening of July 15 in the beautiful Friends of the High Line offices overlooking the High Line park. This event is free for members and participants in the July 15 NYAVA workshop. Others may attend for $5. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided free of charge.
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New NYAVA Workshop!

Let Your Data Speak: Measuring Volunteer Impact

July 15, 2014 at Friends of the High Line, 820 Washington Street, New York, NY.

Stories, quotes, and accounts are of no shortage when painting the picture of volunteer impact, but what’s your data telling you? In a data-driven world, metric tracking is an essential part of advocating for the value of volunteerism. While collecting and analyzing your data is no easy feat, there’s no doubt that recruitment, retention, and recognition strategies deeply depend on it. Hear from experts in the field of data tracking and discover ways to leverage your numbers to communicate the true value to a volunteer hour. Come learn about what metrics you should be tracking, how to gather volunteer data, and ways to analyze your findings. We invite you to think through data tools during this interactive workshop and hope you stick around for a networking happy hour to follow at the Friends of the High Line.
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Many Sacrifices, But Few Perks for Event Volunteers
Instead of demanding even a few bucks a day, this year’s World Cup volunteers just wanted a few perks and a peek at the games.New York Times, 07/10/2014
GiveGab Launches Mobile App
GiveGab, the volunteering network, announced today the launch of its new mobile app for iPhone users worldwide.hMarket Watch Press Release, 06/26/2014
Volunteer Finds Massive Dinosaur Bone
This week scientists confirmed that a huge dinosaur bone unearthed on a dig in Colorado is the 
largest apatosaurus femur ever discovered -- and it was found not by professional paleontologists but by a volunteer named Kay Fredette.Huffington Post, 06/24/2014
Museum Interpreters Breathing Life Into History
Many older adults have found a home, and in some cases a second career, in the past, as historical interpreters at living history museums or as docents at historic houses. Some are paid but most are volunteers.New York Times, 06/10/2014
Recruiting for Good: How LinkedIn Sees Its Role In Effecting Social Change
 LinkedIn’s Bob Spoer shares how their platform is currently being used to connect people who are driving social change through volunteerism and philanthropy, and how millions of users can collectively facilitate collaboration and movement-building.Forbes, 05/19/2014