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. Download the 2018 flier.

Buy the “Five to Thrive” Series        $100 members | $185 non-members
workshops for the price of 4 (extended to 3/15/2018)
BUY THE SERIES - All 5 workshops

Individual Workshops                          $25 members | $40 non-members

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

2018 Workshops Series

Thursday, March 15, 8:30-10:30am - Engaging Volunteers of All Abilities
This workshop has been moved to the Main Campus o the Lakewood County Board of DD at 8121 Deepwood Blvd, Mentor, Ohio 44060.  From Route 90 it is a right off of 306.  Turn right at the fourth light which is Deepwood Blvd. The apartments and condos are on the right, the campus in on the left.  The workshop will be held in the A Building.

Learn about increasing diversity in your volunteer base by incorporating volunteers of varying abilities. Presented by Lynnmarie Landwei-Phillip, Director of Marketing, Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Good Life  Ambassadors:

Christian Borrero is 32 years old and lives in Lakewood, Ohio. He is competitively employed at Kurtz Brothers landscaping company as their full time front desk receptionist. He is also attending college at Tri-C where he is studying to be a medical administrative specialist. 

Grace Blatt is 22 years old and lives in Highland Heights, Ohio. She graduated salutatorian of her high school class and is currently taking college courses at Lakeland college majoring in Psychology. Among her many talents, Grace is a beautiful singer.

William Gallup is 33 years old and lives in Parma, Ohio in his own apartment. He is taking college classes at Tri-C, however is currently taking a little break.  William is involved with Youth Challenge where he is a Boccia player and has recently won a silver medal.

Molly Dann is 25 years old and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She currently works at the Strongsville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public library and is very independent in her life. Molly has many accomplishments and has been involved in theatre since she was very young.

Sean Walker is 31 years old and lives in Parma, Ohio in his own apartment. Sean is employed by Youth Challenge where he is a Boccia coach and has traveled to many neighboring states for competitions. Sean also serves on the Cuyahoga County Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities.

Thursday, April 26, 8:30-10:30am - 2019 Planning Meeting (this is a free event and not a fee based workshop)
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, 10415 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
This session is for YOU! FVA programs are planned with valuable input from members. Let’s brainstorm together the topics and presenters which would be most helpful to you and your colleagues in 2019 and beyond.

Thursday, May 17, 8:30-10:30am - Volunteers: Equal Members of the Team
Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44119
Learn how to deal with conflict & become proficient at those crucial conversations which will enable your volunteers to improve performance. Presented by Lisa Scotese-Gallagher, Director of Staff Experience, Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Thursday, July 19, 8:30-10:30am - Change Resistance
American Red Cross, Greater Cleveland Chapter,  3747 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Learn how to help your volunteers adjust during management and organizational change.
Presented by a panel of leaders from varying organizations.

Thursday, September 20, 8:30-10:30am - Proving Your Worth
Cleveland Metroparks, Watershed Stewardship Center, 2277 W. Ridgewood Dr, Parma, Ohio 44134
Hear about analyzing the impact your volunteer program has on your organization. Learn what analytics other organizations use to show the benefit of investing in volunteers. Presented by a panel of leaders from varying organizations.

Thursday, December 13, 8:30-10:30am - Designing Work for Today’s Volunteers 
The Gathering Place, 25425 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake OH 44145
Meet to view and discuss a webinar from Everyone Ready by Energize, Inc. a volunteer management skill-building website. If you are unable to meet and discuss, ask about viewing from your desk when you register.


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