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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
Join us for our Annual Members’ Meeting

Thursday, November 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at NYU's Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY.

Our Annual Members' Meeting will feature a conversation with NYC’s Chief Service Officer, Paula Gavin, followed by a networking activity and our business meeting. The meeting will give you an opportunity to hear about the NYC Service Strategic Plan and to learn about how you and your organization can fit into it. You will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from organizations across the NYC area and to hear about what NYAVA has been doing. Finally, this will be when we vote in the 2015 Board of Directors. The meeting is open to all and free for members. We hope you can join us! Click "Learn More" below to register online.

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NYAVA’s Signature Course
NYAVA will once again offer our signature course, Principles and Practices of Volunteer Management, in November.
Come develop and strengthen your volunteer program with NYAVA’s signature volunteer management course.  The Principles & Practices of Volunteer Program Management provides 2 days of intensive instruction on all the essential elements of an effective volunteer program. You will work in an interactive group setting with our two experienced instructors and your volunteer management peers to build skills that will be immediately useful to your program. Whether you are building the foundation of a new volunteer program or enhancing your current work with volunteers, Principles & Practices contains all the tools you will need to face the challenges of volunteer management.
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Brian Williams essay: Acts of kindness are contagious
'NBC Nightly News' anchor likes to showcase people doing good work. USA Today, 10/17/2014
Millennials in the Workplace Want to Give Back, so Let Them
The Case Foundation and Achieve recently published a study that supports the idea that many of us in the volunteer industry have thought all along: giving back to meaningful causes is important to millennials.Huffington Post, 10/08/2014
Volunteerism Goes Viral
Over Big Sunday Weekend this past May, some 40,000 volunteers in 125 cities from California to Illinois to New York came out to paint classrooms, plant gardens, renovate local shelters and take part in thousands of other charitable projects.Fast Company, 10/06/2014
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