Upcoming Workshops

Join us for one or all of our 2015 workshops! These programs will help you advance your volunteer management knowledge, allow you to connect with other professionals and gain leadership skills.

Cost: $25-Members, $40-Non-members per workshop

To Register: Click on the links below to register online (available soon) or call 440.602.8003 to register by phone.

2015 Workshop Schedule

Impact of Age-related Issues on Volunteers

March 27, 8:30-10:30am

Southwest General Hospital - Anderson Hall 
18697 Bagley Road
Middleburg Hts, OH 44130 

While we'd like to keep some of our volunteers forever, age does affect a person's ability to effectively do their job. In this panel discussion, we'll examine some common age-related challenges for older adults, learn about older adult development and and the aging process and get some tools to be able to better engage and support older volunteers as they move through this process. Anne O'Neil, Manager for the Center for Healthy Aging at University Hospitals Health System, will help us discover the signs of cognitive aging through a "virtual dementia" exercise, Maureen Duffy (FVA Member), Coordinator for Volunteer Services Department at the Cleveland Clinic, will provide strategies for appropriate exiting of aging volunteers, and tentatively scheduled is Christine Nelson, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Lakewood Hospital's Geriatric Assessment Center, will dicuss keeping our (and our volunteers') cognitive and and health functioning well.

$25 members, $40 non-members


FVA After Hours: Engaging and Promoting Volunteers Using Social Media

 April 23, 5-6:30pm

The Village Network: 2000 Noble Dr., Wooster, OH 44691

Join us for this new after work networking & educational seminar, free to members or $5 (at the door) for non-members! Social media has become an ingrained part of our society. If your nonprofit organization isn't taking advantage of social media's unique marketing capabilities, you're missing out on an invaluable way to spread your organization's need for volunteers. Bring a colleague and connect with fellow nonprofit professionals after work.

Free for members, $5 (at the door) for non-members. Please RSVP by April 20 to Jenny Fowler at or 330.202.3811.

Engaging Veterans in Your Volunteer Program

May 29, 8:30-10:30a,

Lerner Veterans Center, Tri C East Campus 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills

According to a report written by Civic Enterprises and underwritten by Target and the Case Foundation, 92% of service people say that serving the community is important to them! Come learn how to recruit, work with and support veterans in your volunteer program. Rick DeChant, Executive Director, Veterans Initiative at Cuyahoga Community College, will join colleagues to address the challenges volunteer administrators may face when recruiting college-aged veterans, and tips to consider when developing volunteer positions. Bring your questions for a candid discussion on working with vets as volunteers!


Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Program

July 16, 3-5pm

Montifiore: One David N. Myers Parkway Beachwood, OH 44122

Being a part of the budget and time limited world of nonprofits, and in a people-centric, helping profession like volunteer management, its easy to get overwhelmed by the stress of day to day frustrations. Stress is inevitable; this workshop will help you better manage it! Come for an opportunity to spend some time focused on your personal health, in order to improve your overall management abilities. Workshop will be held in Maltz Auditorium Rooms B&C.


Leadership Tools & Tips

September 24, 3:30-5pm

Brecksville Library Meeting Room
9089 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, Ohio  44141

Volunteer management professionals possess great leadership potential. Come build your leadership skills to take your volunteer program or personal career to the next level. Learn tools for leadership that are unique to nonprofit or government agencies.


HR 101 & Holiday Networking Event

What can volunteer managers learn by looking through the HR lens? Come and learn some basics. This will be set-up "speed-networking" style where attendees will have the opportunity to rotate through stations to examine topics such as marketing a position, budgets, public speaking, screening/fingerprinting, placement, and evaluation. Holiday wine and cheese reception to follow.


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