I have been involved with RAAVS for almost two decades and I have seen so many changes. The most drastic to me has been the membership. I recall years when the number of members were up over 125. Currently we have 66 members. We have never really taken an official poll but my gut tells me the reason for decreased membership are the changes that we are seeing in the world of nonprofit and the role of the Volunteer Administrator and whether or not that position still exists in agencies in the community.

February is National Time Management Month

Do you ever wonder who comes up with these themes? Sure, some are based on holidays or birthdays of famous people. For instance, February is also Black History Month. Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day are celebrated this month too.

Happy New Year

New Year – New Start. This is a frequent refrain heard at this time. People are busy making resolutions of self-improvement; to lose weight, to get healthier or to perhaps drop a bad habit. But are resolutions only for personal improvement? January can be the perfect time to take a look at our organizations and agencies and look at getting them healthier as well.

Linked In groups

LinkedIn Groups Group:

Social Media for Nonprofit Organizations Subject: Top 10 Resources for Nonprofits, Charities, and NGOs Sharing the top 10 resources posted to the “Social Media for Nonprofit Organizations”

LinkedIn Group in May:

1. New International Directory of Validated NGOs Launching Early 2015:

2. Should Nonprofits Give Up on Facebook?


April ….. showers – spring – the onset of new beginnings and for us in the profession – time to recognize our volunteers. In addition to showing appreciation, Volunteer Recognition events should be about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It give us all a chance to see that by working together, we can collectively meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

RAAVS Annual Conference

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Registration: 8:15a.m.
@ Rochester Institute of Technology

eVOLution Solutions – Your agency’s Fitness Formula

This valuable conference is designed to present ideas and strategies to help meet the needs of those who are responsible for the recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers in their programs.
Conference Registration Forms available soon!



 March 1st – first day of Spring
 the March equinox, gradual lengthening of days
 St. Patrick’s Day
 National Women’s History Week
 Great time of year to recruit volunteers

Personally, I’m looking forward to the first two, going to celebrate the next two and utilize the whole month on the last!

RAAVS is Turning 30!

It seems like just yesterday that we were in disbelief that RAAVS could be celebrating its Silver Anniversary and turning 25. Now here we are knocking on 30. Yes, Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteer Services has been serving the Rochester volunteer community for 30 years. It was 1984, Ronald Regan was president and would be elected to a second term, Michael Jackson was starring in Pepsi commercials, Sally Field won the Oscar for Places in the Heart and made her famous speech “You really like me,” and Ghostbusters was the top movie.

The Holidays are Upon Us

The Holidays are upon us, we are focused on shopping, holiday parties, spending time with our family and friends. It’s a time to rejoice and be thankful but it is also a time to appreciate and thank all the volunteers out there that make it possible for; making sure that meals are delivered all year long, driving people to medical appointments, working in local food pantries and serving food in local shelters, visiting with people at hospitals, nursing homes or in their own homes. I could be here all day listing all the wonderful things that the volunteers do in all of our communities.

Society for Nonprofit Organizations (SNPO) new courses

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