What participants and presenters said about the 2011 conference...

 “A truly wonderful experience all-round.  I consider MAVA as one of the leaders of volunteerism in the country.   As a board member of the Florida equivalent I was thrilled to participate in such a warm, professional gathering.”

Kris Schmidt, Director, Highlands County, Florida RSVP


"This was the first conference that I went to and was really torn about which session to go to.  I felt that I was missing out when I chose one over the other.  It really was an excellent conference, learned so much!  Thank you MAVA & committee!”

Patty Ahl, Western Region Manager, Volunteer Services, Mayo Clinic Health System

“Three words: BEST CONFERENCE EVER!  The 2011 MN State Conference on Volunteerism was THE BEST conference I have attended.  The caliber of speakers, local, national and international, was outstanding.  I really learned a lot and connected with old (and made new!) friends – the whole experience was so energizing! I just wish we were getting together again in 6 months instead of 2 years.  Congratulations to all involved with the planning and implementation of the 2011 Conference!”

Terry Straub, Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Hennepin County

“What an honor it was to be asked to present at the 2011 MAVA conference in St. Cloud.  As someone who has the opportunity to work with volunteerism groups right about the world, the high reputation of MAVA certainly preceded my visit and I was not disappointed.  MAVA is truly leading the world in terms of the way that they engage and excite their members, and their understanding of the need to keep pushing the envelope as volunteer management continues to evolve is second to none.”

Andy Fryar, Founder and Director of OzVPM

“I spent a lot of time looking at websites all around the country to find a good conference on volunteerism.  There was nothing that even came close to what you were offering at the MAVA Conference.”

Conference participant from Maryland

"The MAVA conference brought the volunteer engagement conversation to a new level for me! I took away a lot of practical tools which will improve volunteer engagement at my organization. I am grateful to the MAVA network for the support provided on the topic of volunteerism. MAVA’s advocacy is strengthening the field of volunteerism not just in the state of Minnesota, but around the country and around the world."

David Miller, Director of Volunteer Programs, Neighbors, Inc.


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