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NYAVA provides New York Cares staff members valuable professional development opportunities and forums for sharing best practices with their peers. Our staff appreciates the opportunity to participate in NYAVA initiatives. 
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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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Editorial: AmeriCorps: Charity by government
Clinton-era agency deserves a goodbye party, not an anniversary gala.Washington Times, 09/11/2014
Letís Deemphasize Peopleís Motivations Behind Advocacy and Volunteering
Not all volunteerism fueled by initial motivations to embellish a resume necessarily translates to empty volunteer hours devoid of tangible impact.Huffington Post, 09/05/2014
Donít Undersell Volunteer Experience
 Often volunteer positions are just as relevant as paid roles. Boston Globe, 08/31/2014
Mother Says Charter School Denied Admission to Son Over Volunteer Hours
A second grader had a different start to his school year when he was denied school entry over a parental volunteer protocol issue at his charter school.NBC Miami, 08/19/2014
Casey Plans Volunteerism Bill
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey outlined plans to introduce a bill that would lead to the creation of federal guidelines for training volunteers to help social services agencies.Citizens Voice, 08/12/2014