A Community of Practice is a group of volunteer engagement professionals that meets virtually to share issues, strategies and best practices, get and receive colleagues' support, make connections, and provide an opportunity to share information, experiences, and resources specific to the industry/structure or community they serve.
Meetings are held at least quarterly (check our calendar or newsletter for dates) and will last no more than one hour. Discussion topics will vary depending on issues affecting COP members in their programs.
Each COP has a Facilitator who works with AL!VE to determine the needs of the COP, and AL!VE members can suggest meeting topics for future COPs through their facilitator.
Benefits of joining an AL!VE COP:
Networking and relationships with fellow AL!VE members.
AL!VE will become a mechanism for YOU and YOUR COP members to participate in conversations relevant to the field and continue to enhance leadership skills
Easy access to contact information of other members in the COP
A chance to connect, share best practices and challenges with peers
Active Communities of Practice:
Coming soon! Parks & Recreation COP
COP: Animal Welfare NEW!
The COP - Animal Welfare is designed to include a broad range of animal welfare organizations such as animal shelters, rescue groups, foster-based programs, sanctuaries, direct care for animals, and humane education programs. The objective of this COP is to connect volunteer engagement professionals within these organizations to share resources and best practices. This informal venue encourages open discussions for anyone seeking or offering advice in tackling the unique challenges facing volunteer leaders in the animal welfare field.
Meetings will be held bimonthly (every 2 months) with the first meeting on Wednesday, April 28th at 8-9pm ET (5-6pm PT). If you have any questions, please contact COP Facilitators Anne Marie McPartlin or Adrienne Potter-Yoe.
COP: Food Banks: NEW!
This is an AL!VE Communities of Practice for those involved in managing volunteers at food banks, food pantries, hunger relief, nutrition or food-focused community organizations. These organizations use volunteers in unique and creative ways, especially during times of crisis like the pandemic. Join your hunger relief colleagues virtually to discuss your challenges, successes, and to share ideas. To learn more, email our facilitator, Christina Basey.
COP: Book Club: NEW!
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People March 16-May 25
Join your peers for a book club discussion of 'Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People' by Mahzarin R Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald.
The discussions will begin on March 16 at 1 PM Eastern and continue every other week until May 25. All times are 1 PM Eastern. To learn more, email our facilitator, Gretchen Jordan.
COP: CVA Study Group
The study group is a member benefit from AL!VE open to all members preparing for the Fall 2021 exam and will be led by facilitators who have earned their CVA certification. The study schedule is based on reading two chapters of the CVA textbook, discussing those chapters and reviewing sample test questions during the meetings which will take place every Wednesday at 12:00pm ET for seven weeks from August 11th – September 22nd. An introductory session to go over the study resources will take place on July 28th. Register here.
If you're interested in learning more about the Certification in Volunteer Administration in general, visit the CCVA website for information sessions about the exam and application and upcoming information sessions from CCVA.
COP: Cultural Arts
This COP was created for leaders of volunteers in the Cultural Arts (Performing Arts Theaters, Museums, Aquariums, Zoos etc) to discuss subjects such as recruiting, diversity, retention etc. as it relates to our sector.
2021: April 22nd, July 22nd (all times 3 PM Eastern)
For questions about the Cultural Arts COP, Contact Nicole R Smith, COP Facilitator
COP: In Transition & Leveling Up:
For those who may be in between employment or looking for their next career move, this COP was created to aid our members in preparing for their next move, whether moving into another organization through the job recruitment process or looking for a promotion. This is a participant-driven COP where there are opportunities to learn from HR professionals as well as seek feedback from others on resumes, interviewing skills, self-promotion pitches, etc.
2021: COP launches on January 12th (subsequent days/times determined by group)
For questions about the In Transition & Leveling Up COP, Contact Megan Vixie, COP Facilitator
COP: Health Care:
Health care (hospitals, blood banks, health care facilities, long-term health care, and other related organizations) has some unique situations, requirements, and environments for volunteers! Join your colleagues in discussion about your questions, situations, needs, and share your experiences with others as well. COVID has especially created some challenging situations. Let’s support each other!
2021: June 22nd, August 10, October 6, and December 7.
For questions about the Health Care COP, Contact Angela Williamson, COP Facilitator
COP: Rural Communities:
Volunteer Engagement Professionals in small towns face unique challenges and opportunities that aren’t always addressed by advice intended for city-based audiences. There are also fewer opportunities to connect with others doing similar work across the country. That’s what led to the creation of AL!VE’s Community of Practice for volunteer engagement professionals in rural communities.
2021: March 16th, May 18th, July 20th, September 21st & November 16th.
For any questions about the Rural COP, please contact Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, COP facilitator
COP: Transportation Programs:
Meeting every other month, May 5, July 7, . Please contact Cathy Thoma, COP facilitator