AL!VE Communities of Practice

AL!VE Communities of Practice  (COP)


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.

The AL!VE Communities of Practice Program is designed to give AL!VE members networking and educational opportunities within their field of expertise. It is a time for members to share experiences with your fellow AL!VE members.

In order to make it more convenient for our members, all Communities of Practice (COP) will be virtual meetings by utilizing Zoom.
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 the board and staff of AL!VE to determine the needs of the COP. Working through your COP Moderator or Board Member, AL!VE members can suggest a meeting topics for future COPs.

Benefits of joining an AL!VE COP:
  • Networking and relationships with fellow AL!VE  members.
  • AL!VE will become a tool for YOU and YOUR COP members to participate in conversations relevant to the field, and have the potential to become leaders
  • 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: 
Cultural Arts Community of Practice

For questions about the Cultural Arts COP, Contact Nicole R Smith, COP Facilitator 

Health Care Community of Practice:
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!

2020:  November 6
2021:  January 14, March 3, June 22.  To register, see our calendar.
For questions about the Health Care COP, Contact Angela Williamson, COP Facilitator

Rural Community of Practice 
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 (CoP) for volunteer engagement professionals in rural communities.
2021 Meetings will be held:  Jan 19, March 16, May 18, July 20, September 21 & November 16.  To register, see our calendar.

For any questions about the Rural COP, please contact Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, COP facilitator 

Transportation Program Community of Practice
Meeting every other month.  Please contact Cathy Thoma, COP facilitator