Professional Development Designed For You

Join us for an upcoming program! These opportunities will help you advance your volunteer management knowledge, allow you to connect with other professionals and gain leadership skills.

One Program                                     $25 members, $40 nonmembers
FVA member individual program group discount  Send 4 or more people to the same program (1) and receive $5 off each member registration fee. 

Must be a member in good standing to be eligible for this discount. No refunds.

To Register: Click on the links below to register online or call 216.849.5987 to register by phone.

Group Discounts: Contact Stefanie Galbreath, FVA President, at 216.849.5987 to register and receive group discounts. Online registration for group discounts are not available.

Time Location Description

Social Media 101 for Volunteer Managers

Thursday,  March 9

Coffee & light breakfast provided.

8:30-10:30am Cleveland Sight Center, 1909 E. 101st St., Cleveland, OH 44106

Marketing experts will will help you determine the most effective social media platform(s) for your audience and provide a step-by-step approach to implement social media strategies into your current recruitment, communication and recognition efforts.

Presenter: Madeline Malicki, Senior Manager, Social Influence, Adcom and President-Elect, American Marketing Association Cleveland Chapter

PERCEPTIONOLOGY "104" - Listening As a Skill

Thursday, May 11

Coffee & light breakfast provided.

8:30-10:30am Southwest General Hospital, 18697 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Hts, OH 44130

Back by popular demand, Donald Wayne McLeod will share how improving your listening skills will improve not only your professional life, but your personal one as well.

Donald Wayne will help you develop your ability to connect with and engage others, learn how to control conversations so that they go in the direction you decide, and how to start, hold and end conversations. Build your conversational confidence and see how it can make a difference in your relationships with volunteers, coworkers, leadership and your loved ones! 

Training Design & Techniques for Adult Learners

Thursday, July 20

Bring your own brown bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

11am-1pm Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland St. Augustine Manor, 5th Floor Education Ctr., 7911 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102

Feel like your on-boarding and training experiences are missing the mark? When working with adult learners, there are different needs to consider to ensure your participants are learning what you need them to. Experienced panelists will provide tips and tools to create training programs that will "stick" with and engage adult learners. 

Engaging Youth Volunteers

Thursday, Sept. 21

Bring your own brown bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

 11am-1pm CCBDD Beachwood Adult Activities Center, 23750 Mercantile Pkway., Beachwood, OH 44122

Struggling to get your organization to embrace youth volunteerism? Have interested teens and tweens but not sure what to do with them? Our local panel of experienced manager will share their experiences with youth volunteer engagement and tips for successful involvement.

Panelists include Lisa Fellows Bobbit, Manager, Volunteer Services, Cleveland Metroparks; Allison Cappella, Volunteer Coordinator, St. Gabriel Catholic Parish; Sarah Perez-Stable, Director of Volunteer Services, Youth Challenge and Jennifer Reinke, Volunteer Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic

Everyone Ready Energize Webinar: Keeping Volunteers Motivated (So They Stay!)

Thursday, Dec. 7

Bring your own brown bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

 11am-1pm The Gathering Place, 25425 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake OH 44145 (TGP will be moving to this new location July 31st)

Avoid the costly "revolving door" of people who lose their initial motivation and enthusiasm and, ultimately, stop volunteers. This seminar will help you create an environment conducive to keeping volunteers motivated, committed and onboard! Online seminar presented by Betty Stallings, with live facilitation by an FVA member.

Honor FVA member cancer survivors and remember FVA member Mary Ann Chupp who lost her battle with cancer in 2015. Bring a wish list item or monetary donation to The Gathering Place. Wish List items include: gift cards (Giant Eagle, Target, Amazon or Pat Catan's) for food and art supplies for children's programs, new dish cloths or dish towels, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, baggies of various sizes, Keurig Coffee Cups. Cash or checks also accepted. Please make your donation payable to The Gathering Place. Please bring your items to donate to this event. Thank you!


 Get Involved - Consider joining the Professional Resources Committee and help orchestrate programming to connect your colleagues this year! For more information, contact