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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
Hot Topic Breakfast - Advocating for Our Profession

Friday, June 19, 9am-10:30am

City Harvest Food Rescue Facility

55-01 2nd Street in Long Island City, Queens

As volunteer management professionals, how do we make the case for our role in our organization? Many volunteer managers are pioneers in their organizations being the first or sole volunteer manager. How do we gain the support of your colleagues and have them understand the work we are doing? How do we get a seat at the table and take our work to the next level? Once we are supported by our team, how do we conduct salary negotiations and show the work we are doing is actually benefitting the organization? We will be discussing these topics and more. Please bring your questions, thoughts, and ideas! After we converse, we will get a brief tour of City Harvest’s warehouse space and learn about their volunteer program from Kristin Kehoe, Associate Director of Volunteer Services at City Harvest. Please bring your own brown bag breakfast. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.
Volunteers as a Key Element of Nonprofit Organizational Design
Nonprofits have an enormous capacity to function well above their budget grade with the use of volunteers, but many are so unsystematic about their recruitment and deployment that they get little of real value back.Nonprofit Quarterly, 05/18/2015
New online volunteer center launched
The United Way has announced the launch of the Ross County Volunteer Center, a website where volunteers can easily be connected to organizations and agencies that have volunteer needs in the community.Chillicothe Gazette, 05/16/2015
USA TODAY honors Make a Difference Day winners
Newman's Own, in partnership with USA TODAY and Points of Light, handed out award money totaling $130,000 to 10 individuals and organizations and three charitable U.S. communities, while Gannett awarded an additional $10,000 to one All-Star Award winner. USA Today, 05/06/2015
Can Volunteerism Help Depression?
Project Helping assists individuals who struggle with depression find purpose and meaning through service to their communities. The Denver Magazine, 04/23/2015
5 Ways Even Small Companies Can Give Back
If you think your company is too small to make a big difference, my experience says that’s just not the case. Sure, large organizations like Microsoft or Dell may get much of the attention in the press, but smaller companies and their leaders have important roles to play, too. Forbes, 04/14/2015