Browse the calendar below for upcoming events related to volunteerism.  To post an event, please e-mail

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 07, 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, 15251 Pleasant Valley Rd, Center City, MN 55012-0011
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    If you are responsible for volunteers in a healthcare setting, your Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) membership also entitles you to participate in the Administrators of Healthcare Volunteers (AHV)Join other AHV members for an educational & networking session held at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation! 

    In our role as leaders of volunteer programs we work with a wide variety of personality types (both staff and volunteers). Our workshop presenter, Dr. Donald Elverd, will help us understand some of these types, their strengths and challenges, and how to work with them most effectively. He will also help us learn to recognize symptoms of addiction or co-dependency, and what our role should be if we have a concern.

    This program is open to MAVA/AHV members as well as non- members of MAVA, so please invite a friend! Registration includes lunch.

    Download the event flyer here.

    This session is hosted by AHV member Loretta Anderson, Manager of Community Relations and Volunteer Services. 

    • Thursday, October 08, 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lakes Country Service Cooperative, 1001 E Mt. Faith Ave, Fergus Falls, MN
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    Registration is closed

    Is your city considering starting a volunteer program, expanding volunteer involvement, or making the current engagement more effective?

    Sign up for this opportunity to hear what other cities are doing and learn strategies from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) initiative on city volunteer engagement. You will:

    • Attend a workshop to learn the benefits cities are realizing from expanding volunteer engagement and tips for successful city volunteer engagement and to share what you are doing

    • Receive an hour of phone consulting from MAVA for planning your next steps with volunteer engagement


    Registration is limited to staff, volunteers, elected officials and representatives from Cities in Minnesota.

    This event is co-sponsored by Lakes Country Service Cooperative and funded by the Bush Foundation.

    • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    • 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday, October 14, 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • Harriet Tubman Center West 3111 First Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408
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    Original curriculum by Betty Stallings, adapted by MAVA

    Earn your Certificate in Volunteer Leadership by completing an 8-topic training series in two days.

    Gain a way to demonstrate your expertise and professionalism to employers, peers and the community.

    If you are new to the field or are looking for rejuvenation in your career, please join us!

    October 13, 2015

    • Capturing Volunteer Motivation and Conducting Effective Interviews
    • Planning for Retention
    • Managing Risk
    • Recruiting Volunteers

    October 14, 2015

    • Supervising Volunteers
    • Positioning Your Volunteer Program for Success
    • Singing Your Praises…Measuring Your Impact
    • Recognizing Volunteers
    Click here for more information on the Volunteer Leadership Training Series.

    Scholarships are available!  Scholarships must be submitted by September 20. Contact the MAVA office

    Join MAVA today and register at the member rate! 

    MAVA members, please log in to receive the member rate.

    Questions?  Email the MAVA office or call us at 651-255-0469.

    Directions will be provided with registration confirmation a week before the date of the event.

    Cancellation Policy 
    • Thursday, October 22, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Webinar
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    Interested in expanding citizen involvement or making your current volunteer engagement more effective?  This webinar will share lessons learned from cities about being successful through volunteers. You will hear from a panel of representatives from cities of different sizes sharing what has worked for them on volunteer engagement You will learn:
    • Benefits of involving residents as volunteers
    • How to work with other city staff on involving volunteers
    • What has worked, and not worked
    • Resources available from MAVA on city volunteer engagement


     Panel Members

               Teri Bose – City of Dassel

    Diane Erickson – Cities of Apple Valley, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount and West St. Paul

    Shannon Mortenson – City of Warren

    Alexis Jaegers, City of O’Fallon Missouri

    Panel facilitator – Kelly O’Brien, City of Roseville

    Thank you to the Bush Foundation for support of this initiative.    

    • Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Minnesota Marine Art Museum; 800 Riverview Drive, Winona, MN 55987
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    Volunteers seeking to share their workplace skills is one of the top 2015 trends in volunteer engagement from MAVA research. For many organizations, this trend is different from how they currently involve volunteers. Come to this session to learn more about how your organization can capitalize on the opportunity to engage skill based volunteers.

    Many organizations are rethinking how volunteers can be involved in skill based and in higher level and leadership roles. With limited resources for staff, this is one of the few routes open to do more, or even keep up.  This session will:

    • Explore opportunities for involving volunteers in project leadership and skill based roles
    • Look at the complexities of volunteers being placed in higher skill based roles
    • Offer strategies for success in engaging volunteers in skill based and higher responsibility roles
    Thanks to the Winona Area Volunteer Administrators (WAVA) network for hosting this event.  

    • Thursday, November 05, 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Augustana Lutheran Church 1400 S Robert St, West St Paul, MN 55118
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    Volunteers making shorter time commitments is a trend experienced by the majority of organizations, according to recent MAVA surveys. This is a very perplexing trend, especially for organizations dependent on volunteer positions that need long term commitments.

    • Hear the release of results of a recent MAVA survey and focus groups on volunteers making shorter commitments.
    • Learn strategies on how to respond to this trend.
    •  Learn from panel of MAVA members their experiences with this trend.
    • Explore with your colleagues the strategies that are working to address this trend and contribute your experience with this trend.


    8:45 – 9:30 am Registration, Breakfast and Networking, Raffle Opens

    9:30 – 11:30 am Program

    11:30 – 11:50 am Break

    11:50 am – 12:25 pm Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony

    12:25 – 1:00 pm Lunch, Raffle Drawing

    1:15 – 2:00 pm MAVA Annual Business Meeting

    Thank you to the F.R. Bigelow Foundation for support for the shorter term volunteering initiative in the East Twin Cities Metro area!