Coffee Conversations

Join us for these informal networking events, free for FVA members and non-members. (New to FVA? This is a great opportunity to come learn what we are all about!)

Time: Coffee Conversations begin at 8:30am and last about an hour

Cost: FREE and no registration required.

2017 Schedule 

Feb. 16 - Life Hacks & Timesavers
Eastside: Harvard Park Panera Bread, 4301 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights OH 44122
Central: Independence Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Road, Independence OH 44131
Share and learn tips and tricks for getting things done, being more effective, or that will allow for a better work-life balance.

April 6 - Volunteer Software Tracking & Tricks
Eastside: Harvard Park Panera Bread, 4301 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights OH 44122
Westside: Rocky River Panera Bread, 19705 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116
Trying to figure out how to do something with the volunteer management software you use? Feel like your missing something, even after reading the manual? Or are you a wiz and have used your software to the max to make your reporting and management easier? Bring your laptop (if possible) and let's talk and troubleshoot together!

June 15  -TEDTalk & Discussion
Eastside: Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Maple Heights Adult Activities Center, 14775 Broadway Ave., Maple Hts, OH 44137
Westside: Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Rocky River Adult Activities Center, 20120 Detroit Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116
Our facilitators will select a pertinent nonprofit leadership TEDTalk that we will watch together, then discuss.

Aug. 25Intermediary Organizations: Benefits & Challenges
Eastside: Harvard Park Panera Bread, 4301 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights OH 44122
Central: Independence Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Road, Independence OH 44131

Many times, the first contact volunteers have is not directly with our agencies, but through a volunteer center, their church leader, corporate volunteer program or school. Reaching out to and working with these agencies can help you with recruitment, getting large projects accomplished and expanding your organization's reach. But, without being the first point of contact, or not always being able to full screen volunteers before they come to serve, how do you ensure everyone has a good experience?

Oct. 12 - Staff, Leadership & Volunteer Buy-In &Support
Eastside: Harvard Park Panera Bread, 4301 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights OH 44122
Westside: Rocky River Panera Bread, 19705 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116

Our role as liaisons between staff, volunteers and leadership can lead to some challenging situations when conflicting motivations arise. There are many ways that staff and leadership can (unknowingly) undermine even the most well-developed volunteer program; on the other hand, change resistant volunteers can thwart organizational progress through gossip or inappropriate behavior. Come to discuss with others how to handle your tricky relationship issues and help get everyone on the same page.
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