Volunteer and Intern Opportunities


AL!VE aspires to engage members and supporters as volunteers to enhance and sustain all aspects of our work, fostering opportunities for volunteers to develop professionally while developing the profession.

AL!VE is a member-driven organization, run by members to serve its members. If you are interested in sharing your time, skills, and talents, we'd love to have your support. Review the opportunities below, and complete a volunteer application to learn how you can further deepen your involvement with AL!VE!

Complete a volunteer application here and let us know where you want to help!

Present to your Peers 
Present to your peers by leading an AL!VE Academy webinar.  Learn more about presenting here.

Facilitate a Communities of Practice
A Community of Practice (COP) 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 current COP’s are Rural Communities, Cultural Arts, Healthcare, and Transportation.  Learn more about COP's here.

COP Facilitators assist with running the Zoom meeting, welcoming new members and facilitating discussion. COPs normally run monthly or quarterly. We will help set up the meetings and publicize to members to join, so the facilitator is mostly responsible for running the meeting. Dates and times flexible to what works for the facilitator.

We are always looking for facilitators to start a COP. Some examples include:

  • Government

  • Faith Based

  • Thrift Stores

  • Have another idea? Great, we'd love to help you get it started!

Interested in facilitating a COP? Complete a volunteer application here. A member of the Programs & Advocacy Committee will contact you to discuss.

Serve as a Mentor for the Emerging Leaders Mentor Program
AL!VE is dedicated to the professional growth and development of leaders in volunteer engagement. The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Mentor Program is to provide a platform for AL!VE members to connect, share best practices and position themselves as leaders in the field through ongoing professional development and skills building. Participants will paired with AL!VE Mentors to receive individualized coaching and support.

For more information about this program, commitments and requirements, timeline, etc., please review the AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program FAQ.

The 2022 mentor program is underway!  

Mentor applications are now closed. If interested in serving as a mentor for the Fall/Winter cycle (October 2022 - March 2023), email info@volunteeralive.org.

If interested in becoming a mentee, information on how to apply will be in AL!VE's February newsletter.

Join the DEAI Committee
In 2021, AL!VE launched its Diversity, Equity, Accesibility and Inclusion (DEAI) committee, originally comprised of several Board members. In the spirit of inclusion and accessibility, the DEAI committee is now open to all members of AL!VE to join. We are seeking new committee members, to lead one of our many projects, and invite you to consider joining. You can learn more about the DEAI committee here. If you have questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to the committee chair, Email Alana Knoppow here.

Current Members
Alana Knoppow, Chair
Ashley Ramsdell
Paula Allen
Crystal Bell
Mark Smith
Allyson Drinnon
Megan Vixie
Rose Tocchini
Shaun Connors

Join the Finance Committee
Finance Committee members help maintain and grow AL!VE’s financial standing to support programming for our members. Duties may include preparing the annual budget and monthly reports, creating our fund development plan, creating and enforcing financial policies, conducting periodic financial audits and assistance with budgeting for potential grant proposals. Committee members meet a minimum of once per month to review monthly financials and periodically for special projects.

Current Members:

Christi Brown, MHA, CVA, CAVS
Michelle Raymer, CVA
Megan Vixie, CVA

Apply for the Finance Committee here.

Join the HR & Policy Committee
Do you want to help build AL!VE’s capacity to engage members in meaningful volunteer roles that advance the profession? Join AL!VE’s HR and Policy committee, as we look to update our policies and procedures, and strengthen our internal volunteer management protocols. Committee will meet monthly for 6-12 months, then quarterly thereafter, with project assignments between meetings. Education and experience in Human Resources and/or Volunteer Policy and Procedure creation is preferred.

Current Members:
Arletha Walker AL!VE Board Secretary & Committee Chair
Wendy McClure, CVA
Brent Sturm

Apply for the HR & Policy Committee here.

Join the Membership Committee
Membership Committee members have a 3-5 hourly commitment per month; meet monthly and work on projects independently.  Tasks Include: new member calls, developing member benefits, local association mentoring & handbook/development, developing member materials, and presenting member webinars.
Current Members:
Crystal Bell,  VP of Membership
Andrea Hill, MPA, CVA
Kayla Paulson, CVA
Dana Litwin, CVA
Darlene Laird
Karen Henry
Karlene Kuhn
Yvonne Dunphee
Carol Ayers

Local Associations Committee:
Jenn Forristal, CVA (Chair)
Jennifer Thompson, CVA
Gretchen Jordan, CVA
Gerald Pannozzo, CVA
Mary Lynn Perry, CVA
Christi Brown, MHA, CVA, CAVS

Apply for the Membership Committee here.

Join the Marketing Committee
Marketing Committee members have a 3-5 hourly commitment, meet monthly and work on projects independently.  Tasks Include social media, website development, outreach and collaborating with other committees.

Current Members:
Michael Mulhearn, CVA Vice President of Marketing
Audrey Kidwell
Rebecca Hand, MPA, CVA
Adrienne Polumbo, CVA
Yvonne Dunphe, CVA
Mandy Caruso-Yahne

Apply for the Marketing Committee here.

Join the Programs & Advocacy Committee
Programs & Advocacy Committee has a 3-5 hourly commitment, meets monthly and work on projects independently. Ongoing tasks Include developing monthly AL!VE Academy webinars, advocacy development, peer recognition and more.  

New projects for this committee are below:

  • Advocacy Volunteer/intern. Help us take our advocacy efforts to the next level! Learn more here.

  • Volunteer Engagement Toolkit/Resource Guide development committee.  Now accepting applications for a short-term committee to assist with creating a web page for a Volunteer Engagement Toolkit/Resource Guide.  View the position description here.   

Current Members:
Cathy Thoma, CVA, VP of Programs and Advocacy
Christina Basey, CVA
Emilie Bromet Bauer, CVA
Trudi Campbell, CVA
Anne Marie McPartlin, CVA
Samantha Mohn
Meagan Patterson
Nicole Smith, CVA
Jennifer Thompson CVA
Rose Tocchini
Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss
Angela Williamson

While AL!VE welcomes international members, program and advocacy focus will be US & Territories based.
To apply for any positions listed above, apply for the Programs & Advocacy Committee here.

Don't see an opportunity for you? Have an idea?
We'd love to hear from you!

Take a look at AL!VE's current strategic plan to learn more about the direction AL!VE is headed in the next five years. If you would like to help us achieve our stated goals, please reach out to us to discuss. Complete a volunteer application here and let us know your ideas.  If you have any questions, contact us at info@volunteeralive.org.