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    • 06/11/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Leaders of volunteers wear many hats – and volunteer programs often becomes an organization’s catch-all. You probably do everything that doesn’t fit neatly in coworker’s job descriptions! After all, your own job description probably says “Responsible for other tasks as required.” How do you get your main job done – caring for volunteers and leveraging their time to accomplish your organization’s goals – with all these other tasks on your plate? Join us for an honest conversation about managing your side tasks to protect yourself, your volunteers, and your program from the gradual scope creep that affects us all.

    Jared Peer, CVA, leads a Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP through AmeriCorps Seniors) in East Tennessee. He has led volunteers professionally for the past five years, but has volunteered and led volunteers through most of his life. He is passionate about building successful AND sustainable volunteer programs, and about leveraging the power of volunteers to increase our impact on the community. When not at work or volunteering, he loves gardening and building with Lego.

    • 07/09/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Each of us has experienced working with volunteers, coworkers, friends, or family that have habits or behaviors that are frustrating. Showing up late for a shift regularly, interrupting a training or presentation to share how what you are saying is wrong, breaking promises to complete certain tasks that risk important deadlines, and the list goes on. This presentation will discuss 6 of the most common difficult behaviors and positive approaches on how to help address and correct these actions to make for a better working environment for everyone.

    Biography: Sidney Enss has over 13 years of volunteer engagement experience and service.  As the Director of Volunteer Engagement, she is responsible for helping to recruit, train, retain and recognize volunteers for all programs the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) administers across the state. She is also an adjunct professor at Indiana State University teaching a course on Volunteer Engagement for the Nonprofit Leadership Minor.  

    In her spare time, she does what any good volunteer engagement professional would do and volunteers!  She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Federation for the Aging, directs many events for Special Olympics Tennessee including, the Regional and State basketball tournaments, Bocce Ball for Summer Games, and the Skills Competition at Flag Football, and actively looks for more volunteer opportunities to give back to her community.  
    Sidney has a degree in Recreation and Sport Management from Indiana State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Tennessee State University with certificates in Nonprofit Management from both universities. She completed her Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) credential in April 2021 and is proud to be counted among some of the top volunteer leaders in the world.

Past events

05/14/2024 Retain, Don't Recruit!
04/04/2024 Advocating to Your Board
03/27/2024 How Do I Know When It’s Time to Leave? And How Do I Leave When I Know It’s Time?
03/12/2024 What Volunteer Engagement Professionals Aren’t Thinking About
02/22/2024 Equipping, Engaging and Educating Board Members for their Volunteer Service
01/17/2024 Leveraging Volunteers for Event Based Opportunities
12/14/2023 Your 2023 in Review & What's Next
12/07/2023 GAVA Presents: AmeriCorps Partnership Information Session
11/16/2023 Volunteer Recruitment: Back to Basics
10/26/2023 GAVA Annual Meeting: Volunteer Engagement Success in 2023
09/14/2023 Turning Volunteers into Donors
08/22/2023 Us -v- Them
07/11/2023 Helping Volunteers Find Their Niche
06/13/2023 Going A.P.E.S. - Creating a Priceless Learner-Centered Environment
05/09/2023 The 3 C’s of Happy Volunteers: Comfort, Convenience, Connection.
04/11/2023 Tools and Resources in Volunteer Management
03/23/2023 Using Your Sphere of Influence
02/23/2023 Diagnosis Imposter Syndrome: Believing in Yourself as a Leader of Volunteers
01/31/2023 GAVA 2023 Volunteer Engagement Professional Networking Event
12/13/2022 Introducing AL!VE's Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement
11/10/2022 Neurodiversity in Volunteerism
10/06/2022 Irresistible Organizations and Supportive Environments: Keeping Volunteers and Attracting Their Friends & GAVA Annual Meeting
09/20/2022 Virtual Technology Fair: Volunteer Management Software Tips & Tricks
08/11/2022 Using the Internet to support all volunteers - what does that look like & why it matters.
07/14/2022 Self-Care for the Volunteer Manager
06/23/2022 Engaging Your Board: How to Empower Your Leaders
06/09/2022 Safe to Speak Up: Exploring the Role of Coaching in Psychological Safety
05/02/2022 Becoming the CEO of Your Life
04/12/2022 The Perfect Fit...DEI and Volunteer Services
03/15/2022 Building Confidence and Leading with Confidence
02/22/2022 Engage Your Audience through Social Media
01/19/2022 Volunteer Motivations Across Age Groups
12/14/2021 Working with State Agencies and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
11/09/2021 Engaging Volunteers in the Post-COVID World by Special Guest: Mrs. Plus Size America Elite, Tanya Holloway
10/26/2021 2021 GAVA Annual Meeting
09/30/2021 Am I Making the Right Decision? The Role of Ethics in Volunteer Engagement
08/19/2021 GAVA’s Ask a Colleague!
07/22/2021 GAVA Event: Being a CVA, What's That All About?
06/01/2021 Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
05/20/2021 GAVA Training: Volunteer Recruitment
05/19/2021 GAVA Training: Emotional Intelligence
02/16/2021 GAVA Q1 Event: Training Volunteers Online
10/21/2020 Board Involvement Information Session
06/29/2020 GAVA Roundtable - COVID Questions!
03/19/2019 GAVA Q1 Webinar: Writing Awesome Volunteer Job Descriptions
10/12/2018 GAVA Annual Conference
05/23/2018 GAVA Lunch & Learn Round-table - Strengths and Struggles of Your Volunteer Program
04/04/2018 Lunch & Learn - Volunteer Appreciation
02/28/2018 GAVA Lunch & Learn - Volunteer Recruitment
11/03/2017 GAVA/COVA Conference
07/18/2017 Lunch & Learn

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