From The Desk of NYAVA President Rick Akin
We’re already well into 2012 and things are moving along at a fast and furious pace here at NYAVA. As many of you know, in February we hosted what will become a regular cocktail networking event, most recently hosted by the generous folks at the Rubin Museum. It was a well-attended evening, with war stories shared, laughs to be had, and phone numbers exchanged. We do plan to have at least one, ideally two more, happy hours this year so keep your eyes open for the invitation!
In March, NYAVA members participated in the Volunteer Management Group annual conference, as well as the New York Cares Leadership symposium. Not only were both fantastic opportunities for us to get our name out there, thus increasing brand recognition, but it was just a fantastic time for participants to network even further.
April brought a fascinating workshop on Investing Yourself; with many thanks to Jerry Pannozzo, CVA and Sheri Wilensky Burke for bringing us such great insight into how one can continually improve both in career and life choices. It was a fascinating look into how we can and should empower and provide for our own well-being; a commodity that we often overlook for the sake of others.
Additionally in April, in recognition of your efforts during National Volunteer Week, with the generosity of our own Danilo Minnick, several members of NYAVA were treated to a private and very moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial. It was an afternoon spent in reflection, with clear emotion and mutual support. At Danilo’s encouragement, we intend to bring this very special opportunity to more and more members over the next months and years.
Finally, this brings us to the present; we are also so excited to re-launch an entirely new and improved Principals and Practices course, with the first effort to be held at the end of May and the beginning of June. This is NYAVA’s signature program, and we’re so proud to offer it in its new format. If you’re new to volunteer management, or have been in the field for a while and would like to refresh yourself in industry best practices, this course is for you. Click on this link for more details: http://nyava.org/professional_development-workshops.php
That’s the first half of 2012, with so much taking place, and so much more to come. We are a volunteer run organization, comprised of those in the volunteer management industry in the greater New York metropolitan area. Whether others recognize your efforts within your own organization, we do and we always will.
Here’s to looking forward to what the second half of 2012 brings us!
President, Board of Directors
Spring 2012 Articles
2012 National Volunteer Week Celebrations
A Report on NYC and NYAVA Activities for National Volunteer Week: April 15-21Alyssa Montoya and Danilo Minnick
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Explore Volunteer Opportunities in NYC Community GardensAlyssa Montoya
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