Kalamazoo Association of Volunteer Administrators (KAVA)
Volunteer Kalamazoo plays an active role in supporting organizations that help nonprofit
agencies to build their capacity to serve the community. A long-term relationship has existed between Volunteer Kalamazoo and KAVA and we strongly support the mission and purpose of this organization. Our staff is actively engaged in KAVA meetings and serves on the Executive Board to promote the work of this very important networking and professional development group.
Established in 1980, the Kalamazoo Association of Volunteer Administrators (KAVA) was formed to facilitate the exchange of information and to promote networking between non-profit professionals working with volunteers. In November 1980, four officers were elected who together with four committee chairs formed the first KAVA Board. By January of 1981, KAVA had approximately 40 members and by June of that year, membership had grown to include 54 members.
The mission of KAVA is to shape the future of volunteerism by shaping, strengthening and promoting the profession of volunteer management. The purpose of KAVA is to provide an opportunity to share professional skills through training and information sharing, to promote volunteer leadership and administration as a profession, to support members in skill development, and to enable members to keep abreast of and have impact on legislative issues affecting volunteerism.
Executive Board members are elected annually and are assigned specific responsibilities designed to contribute to the development of the group. With input from the general membership, the board is responsible for planning membership meetings, the Annual Meeting, and the biennial KAVA conference. Currently, the KAVA Board consists of four officers and six committee chairs.
The Annual Meeting features a special luncheon and presentation of the Volunteer Manager of the Year award. The biennial conference is a day-long retreat style event, which provides members and other attendees with an opportunity to participate in activities and educational sessions that will enhance their volunteer management skills.
Today, KAVA remains a professional organization comprised of individuals, working in the field of volunteer management in a variety of organizations in Kalamazoo County. For more information please contact us via email.
KAVA membership meetings are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:45am-1pm at the Greater Kalamazoo United Way building at 709 S. Westnedge Ave. Certain dates & locations change from time to time, however.
12:50 Brief Business Meeting
1:00 Meeting Adjourned
2012-13 Meeting Dates and Topics
September 25: “Back to School, Back to Service: Recruiting and Retaining College Students”
October 11: KAVA Biennial Conference
“Fabric of Professional Development: Weaving the Thread of Volunteer Management”
Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, 9am-3:30pm
Learn more and register now!
November 27: “Microvolunteering & virtual volunteering”
December: NO KAVA MEETING
January 22: “Working with Difficult to Place Volunteers”
February 26: Special KAVA Activity off-site-Details TBA
March 26: “Building a Skills-Based Volunteer Program”
April 23: “Where Are All the Good Men?”
May 28: Annual Luncheon Meeting/Celebration
There are NO meetings in June, July, August and December. Information on upcoming meetings can be found in the KAVA News, a regular newsletter mailed to all members. Member input on possible topics, speakers and roundtable discussions are important. Please feel free to offer suggestions!
- KAVA Membership Application (New for 2013)
- Volunteer Thank You Ad Form (Deadline is April 15)
- KAVA Bylaws
- KAVA Membership Roster
- KAVA Handout Card
For more information about any of these services, please contact any Executive Board member, or send an email.
|President||Julie Luginbill||Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice||email Julie|
|Vice President||Amanda Reel||Volunteer Kalamazoo||email Amanda|
|Treasurer||Tracie Furman||Senior Services, Inc.||email Tracie|
|Secretary||Tamra Stafford||Air Zoo||email Tamra|
|Membership||Barb Fish||Heritage Community||email Barb|
|Publicity & Historian||Kathleen Kelleher||Senior Services, Inc.||email Kathleen|
|Volunteer Thank-You Ad||Tamra Stafford||Air Zoo||email Tamra|
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