Our Vision

NYAVA is a Professional Organization that has the Respect of the Not-For-Profit, Education and Government Communities and is the Primary Resource for the Volunteer Resources Management Profession in the NYC area and beyond.

Our Mission

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


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Featured Board Member
Arlette Cunningham, MediSyS- Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
Assistant Director

Arlette has more than twenty years’ experience managing volunteers at various hospitals including St. Mary’s Hospital of Brooklyn, St. John’s Queens Hospital and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Currently, she manages over 300 volunteers annually at MediSyS- Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Arlette is responsible for implementing volunteer programs including the Medical Interpreter Volunteer Program and the Volunteer Companion Program. She also worked with several departments to create the ER Caring Link Program, The Ambulatory Surgery Waiting Area Volunteer Program and the Patient Escort Service Program. Arlette currently serves on various hospital committees, and she coordinates the hospital’s breast cancer fundraising initiatives. Arlette is a member of the local, state and national volunteer associations. She is a past president of the Greater New York Association of Directors of Volunteer Services. She is currently secretary of New York Association of Volunteer Administration and serves as president of the New York State Association of Volunteer Services Administrators, Inc. Arlette is also a member of the Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals.