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Professional Associations Serving Geographic Regions

Professional societies/networks for leaders of volunteers -- sometimes known as "DOVIAs" (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies). Most are organized for a geographic area and volunteer management practitioners from any type of setting may join.  Some are limited to specific types of settings.  Some are affiliates/chapters of national or state/provicincial bodies.

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United States

National

AL!VE: Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

Current national professional organization for volunteer resource managers in the United States, mainly providing online information.

American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV)

The only national professional association dedicated to the paid and unpaid staff members who work together in all categories of museums, large and small. AAMV provides information and services to individuals, groups, and museums that seek to start or improve their museum volunteer program.

Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP)

Individual membership association for volunteer resources managers in healthcare -- under auspices of the American Hospital Association.  AHVRP also has active chapters in all states and also in large cities. They offer a CAVS certification program. There is a section specifically for leaders of all-volunteer hospital auxiliaries.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Association of academics and "pracademics" interested in all subjects in the nonprofit world and philanthropy. Publishes Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; Annual conference in the fall; active online discussion forum.
 

National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG)

NAVPLG focuses exclusively on the unique needs of volunteer programs within the structure of local governments, providing resources and promoting ways in which volunteerism can strengthen local government programs.

National Organizations Volunteerism Network (NOVN)

Network of volunteer management professionals from leading national and international nonprofits responsible for supporting volunteer engagement throughout their organizations.  Operates entirely through online or telephone activities.  Check Website for details.

Alabama

Alabama Society of Directors of Volunteer Services (ALSDVS)

ALSDVS is a professional society of individuals who are responsible for the administration of volunteer services in health care institutions.

Greater Birmingham Association of Volunteer Managers

Serving the greater Birmingham area and meeting once a month and alternate between Lunch and Learn Meetings and Networking Lunches.

Alaska

Alaska State Community Service Commission
Anchorage Association for Volunteer Administration

For information, contact serve.alaska@alaska.gov.

Arizona

Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism

(part of Governor's Office for Children, Youth, and Families) 

Association of Volunteer Administration of Central Arizona

Serves Phoenix, Central Arizona including Maricopa County- Association of Volunteer Administration of Central Arizona

Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA)

Serves Tucson and Southern Arizona - Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA

California

California Volunteers, Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism
Directors of Volunteers in Agencies - Los Angeles

Visit www.doviala.org for information on meetings and membership.

DOVIA San Fernando Valley

Membership/professional association of volunteer management practitioners that serves San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley. Meets bi-monthly at member agencies.  Send email for additional information: doviasfv@yahoo.com.  

DOVIA Silicon Valley

Founded in 1997. DOVIA Silicon Valley provides an opportunity to network with your peers, receive on-going training, provides professional development and leadership opportunities, provides a unified voice for our profession and a forum to critically discuss issues the state of volunteerism. Individual memberships are $25.00 per year.

Dovia-LA

Meets the third Friday of every other month, 9:30am - 12:00pm. 

DOVIA-Sacramento

DOVIA Sacramento meets once a month, typically on the second Thursday of each month from 11am-1pm. Location rotates around to different agencies throughout Sacramento. DOVIA Sacramento offers 2-3 half-day trainings per year. For more information, visit www.doviasacramento.org.

Orange County DOVIA - OneOC
Ventura County Volunteer Coordinator Council

The Council meets once a month to discuss issues that will help volunteer coordinators to recruit, train and retain an active volunteer base.

Volunteer Administrators Network

Volunteer Administrators Network provides professional development and support to San Diego County's volunteer administrators in the form of trainings, monthly roundtable discussions on relevant volunteer management topics and networking events.

Colorado

DOVIA of the Denver Area

Serves Denver and the Surrounding Communities
We are one of the country’s largest and most successful DOVIA’s. Our members are enthusiastic and committed professionals who care deeply about promoting excellence in volunteer management. We offer professional growth, networking, and leadership opportunities to both the experienced and new members in the field of volunteer management.

Grand Junction DOVIA

Serves the Western Slope of the State of Colorado in Grand Junction DOVIA
 

Pikes Peak Area Volunteer Managers Roundtable

Coordinated by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado Springs.

Volunteer Connection of Jefferson County, Jefferson County, CO

Meeting 3rd Thursday of every month, Visit website for rotating location and topic.

Delaware

Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators

Serves the entire state of Delaware and surrounding regions. DAVA is a statewide, professional network of salaried and non-salaried managers of volunteers.

District of Columbia

Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA)

Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA) serves Northern Virginia region, DC and Maryland.
 

Florida

Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management (FAVRM)

Some of Florida's most progressive Volunteer Managers representing government, non-profit or faith-based organizations. Meets quarterly in central part of state for easy access

Florida Association of Directors of Volunteer Services (FADVS)

Florida state association for leaders of volunteers in healthcare.

Big Bend Directors of Volunteers Association
Council of Volunteer Management of Central Florida

Meetings are held monthly at rotating member agencies, primarily in Orange County (lunchtime meetings)

Director of Volunteer Services (DOVS) of Palm Beach County
Hillsborough Association of Volunteer Administrators

Georgia

Georgia Association for Volunteer Administration

GAVA promotes, develops and strengthens professionalism in volunteer leadership throughout the state of Georgia. 

Council Of Volunteer Administrators (COVA)

Association of leaders of volunteers in Atlanta and the surrounding area.

Idaho

South West Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS)

SWIDOVS is a networking group of Volunteer Services Directors in Southwest Idaho.
 

Illinois

Illinois Volunteer Management Network

The Illinois Volunteer Management Network seeks to cultivate an extensive resource network of volunteer managers and administrators in voluntary agencies and associations, small and large, across Illinois. Meetings and activities are held in various areas of the state; see site for regional links. Coordinated by Serve Illinois.

 

Association of Volunteer Administrators--Metro Chicago (AVA-MC)

The Association strengthens leadership and provides advocacy for the field of volunteer resource management and provides an accessible forum for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.

DuPage Association of Volunteer Administration

Dedicated to promoting excellence in volunteer programs by encouraging and enhancing professional development of volunteer administrators through education, networking and mutual support. 

Mississippi Valley Directors of Volunteers in Agencies

Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline/Rock Island, Illinois (Quad-Cities Metro Area) 

Network of Volunteer Administrators (NOVA)

For volunteer administrators in Peoria and Central Illinois

Indiana

ISDVS (Indiana Society of Directors of Volunteer Services)

ISDVS strengthens the profession of Volunteer Services Administration, supports health care volunteerism and forges alliances to build healthy communities. The state is divided into four zones with two zones meetings each year and the state comes together for a spring conference and fall conference

Central Indiana Association of Volunteer Administration (CIAVA)

Iowa

DOVIA of Des Moines
Mississippi Valley DOVIA

Serves the Quad Cities area of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Volunteer Administrators Network

Serves Johnson and Washington counties in Iowa.

Kansas

Managers of Volunteer Engagement (MOVE) Topeka

Gathers once a month to build professional relationships and partnerships, improve the relevance of volunteerism within the community, and educate/support  volunteer managers.

Kentucky

Kentucky Society for Directors of Volunteer Services (KSDVS)

This group for volunteer managers in healthcare settings is affilitated with the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP) and the Southeastern Directors of Volunteer Services in Healthcare Organizations.

Louisiana

DOVIA New Orleans

Southeast Louisiana Regional DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Alliance) organization providing leadership development and networking through meetings, online resources, special events and training days. 

DOVIA of Greater Baton Rouge

Convened by Volunteer! Baton Rouge.

Maine

Volunteer Maine Peer-to-Peer Networks

Listing of 8 regional networks of volunteer resources managers, with contact information for each, coordinated by the Maine Commission for Community Serivce.

Maryland

Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services (MCDVS)

Since 1957, promotes and strengthens the field of volunteer administration and the skills of volunteer management professionals through collaboration, support, education, and leadership development. 

Coordinators of Volunteers of Anne Arundel County (COVAAC)

For anyone who leads volunteers and or volunteer programs within non-profit, government or private industry.

Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County, MD

Formed to assist businesses in creating employee volunteer programs and to support those program leaders.

Massachusetts

Greater Boston DOVA (Directors of Volunteer Administration)

Yahoo! Group for volunteer coordinators in Boston, who also meet in person regularly.

Michigan

Michigan Hospice Volunteer Coordinators Association

A professional association to develop and advance effective volunteer services administration in hospice programs. 

Volunteer Centers of Michigan

We provide support, public policy and training and technical assistance to our network of 30 Volunteer Centers in the state of Michigan. 

Kalamazoo Association of Volunteer Administrators (KAVA)
Newaygo County Volunteer Coordinators' Committee

Organized through the  Volunteer Resource Center of Newaygo County. See brochure for the Committee.

Washtenaw Association of Volunteer Coordinators (WAVC)

The group meets every two months, rotating locations at different member organizations. 

Minnesota

Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA)

Founded in 2001, MAVA is the result of collaboration among leaders from the field of volunteer administration, representing a broad spectrum of sectors and geographic locations throughout Minnesota. Over 40 groups participated in creating MAVA. See a complete list of MAVA's member networks at http://www.mavanetwork.org/networks

CLOVE (Council of Local Organizations for Volunteer Enhancement)

Network of coordinators and leaders of volunteer programs in the greater Mankato area.

Rochester Area Volunteer Administrators (RAVA)

The Rochester Area Volunteer Administrators (RAVA) is a network of leaders of volunteers in the Rochester, MN area that meet to network, receive professional development, and strengthen volunteerism in our region of the state.

Mississippi

DOVIA Central Mississippi

DOVIA Mississippi (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) is a networking group of professionalsfrom the greater metropolitan Jackson area.

Missouri

Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association

Connects volunteer management professionals in Greater St. Louis.

Nevada

New Jersey

New Jersey Association for Volunteer Administration (NJAVA)

NJAVA generally schedules 3 meetings/training opportunities per year along with an annual meeting to conduct all organization business. Meetings are held at various venues across the state of New Jersey.

New York

New York State Association of Directors of Volunteer Services

Membership in the state association originates at the chapter level. There are seven chapters covering specific geographic areas of New York state. Membership is open to those who manage or direct volunteers in health and healh-related orgaizations and facilities.

New York Association for Volunteer Administration(NYAVA)

The New York Association for Volunteer Administration (NY AVA) provides members with a full network of educational resources including a variety of year-round workshops and meetings where professionals who work with volunteers can meet and share experiences. We offer our members such benefits as biannual membership meetings, mentoring for CVA certification, an extensive Job Bank, NY AVA Newsletter and apprenticeship placement.

Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteer Service

RAAVS provides support,guidance, training and resources to individuals working in the volunteer management field. 

Rochester Region Association of Directors of Volunteer Services (RRADVS)

Membership is open to those who are administrators (managers, coordinators or directors) of volunteers in health and health-related organizations and facilities.
 

The Association of Professional Volunteer Administrators (APVA)

Professional development and networking for volunteer managers in a wide variety of settings on Long Island, NY in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Volunteer Administrators Association of the Capital Region (VAACR)

Centered around Albany, NY.

Volunteer Administrators of the Southern Tier (VAST)

Contact through the United Way of Broome County.

Volunteer Administrators of the Twin Tiers

To increase awareness and cooperation among persons in the Twin Tiers involved in the development, implementation, coordination and participation of volunteer programs.

North Carolina

North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration

NCAVA provides education and leadership towards effective volunteer management in North Carolina. 

PRAVA (Piedmont Regional Association of Volunteer Administration)

We usually meet the 4th Tuesday of the month. Connect to us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or by email for meeting locations. We'd love to have you join us!

 

Metrolina Association of Volunteer Administrators (MAVA)

Our mission is to provide education, leadership, and support towards effective volunteer management in the Metrolina area. Benefits of membership include networking with peers, excellent educational events, job referrals, mentoring program and leadership opportunities.

Volunteer Hendersonville

Formerly called  the Henderson County Association of Volunteer Administrators (HAVA).

North Dakota

Fargo Moorhead Directors of Volunteer Services (DOVS)

This group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Ohio

Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators

CAVA’s mission is to equip, enrich, and empower volunteer administrators and volunteers to create positive impacts on the communities in which we live, work and play. 

Directors of Volunteers in Agencies Greater Akron

The DOVIA is organized within the United Way of Summit County.

Forum for Volunteer Administrators

The Forum for Volunteer Administrators (FVA) is dedicated to the continuous professional development and support of Volunteer Administrators throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators

Serves the Dayton area.

Volunteer Administrators' Network of Central Ohio (VAN)

Large and active DOVIA serving Columbus and central Ohio.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Society of Directors of Volunteer Services

 To strengthen and enhance the administration of volunteer services within Oklahoma health care organizations.

Central Oklahoma Volunteer Administrators

Oregon

Mid-Valley Volunteer Managers Association

Promotes the professional role of the volunteer manager and encourages active participation of volunteers in the mid-Willamette Valley (Salem) area of Oregon. 

NOVAA - Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association

Dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities to volunteer management professionals in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. 

Pennsylvania

Delaware Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators

Membership represents volunteer management from a wide range of local organizations in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, including from the arts, cultural, educational, faith-based, health and human services.

 

Society of Volunteer Administrators of the Lehigh Valley
VOICE (Volunteer Opportunities In Community Endeavors)

A coalition of volunteer driven organizations whose mission is to develop, promote and strengthen the role of volunteerism in meeting community needs in the Central Susquehanna Valley (Lewisburg area). 

Volunteer Administrators Network of Adams County

To provide education, training, resource sharing and networking opportunities for individuals and organizations working with volunteers in Adams County (Gettysburg area).

Volunteer Administrators of Southwestern Pennsylvania (VASP)

Large and active association for Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Green, Washington, and Westmoreland counties (greater Pittsburgh area).

Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators (WAVA)

To encourage quality volunteerism in Westmoreland County by, assisting, supporting and networking with agencies and organizations that utilize volunteers.

South Carolina

South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA)

State association for volunteer resources managers in all types of settings. SCAVA has regional affiliates in different areas of South Carolina:

  • LASCAVA- Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester
  • MASCAVA – Calhoun, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter
  • PSCAVA – Greenville

South Dakota

DOVIA of the Sioux Empire

Centered in the Sioux Falls area, with statewide reach.

Tennessee

Volunteer Administrators Network

For volunteer resources managers in the greater Nashville area.

Texas

Texas Association, Directors of Volunteer Services (Healthcare)

TADVS prepares members to meet the challenges in today's health care industry by focusing on strong educational programs, an extensive communication network of peers, and accessibility to volunteer management resources. 

Association of Volunteer Professionals

Volunteer managers in Midland/Odessa, and the surrounding area.  March 2015: Activities suspended temporarily. 

DOVIA (Directors Of Volunteers In Austin)

For volunteer resources managers in central Texas.

DOVIA of East Texas

Serves the greater East Texas Community. 

DOVIA of Tarrant County

Network for the greater Ft. Worth area. 

Houston Association of Volunteer Administrators

Education and networking opportunities with Houston area volunteer administrators.

SAVA (San Antonio Volunteer Administrators)

Virginia

Greater Richmond Associaton of Volunteer Administrators (GRAVA)
Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA)

NVAVA membership workshops/meetings are offered every other month on various member-selected volunteer management topics that meet the needs of both the new and seasoned volunteer administrator. 

Southeastern Virginia AVA - Volunteer Management Association

The Southeastern Virginia Volunteer Association (SVAVA) is a professional non-profit organization that pursues excellence in mobilizing and supporting volunteer resources management.

Washington

DOVIA Washington

Washington State volunteer program managers.

DOVIA of the Inland Northwest

Spokane area.

DVPA (Directors of Volunteer Programs Association)

Association in Southwest Washington.

Volunteer Administrators Network Northwest (formerly DOVIA of King County)

Networking and education events offered throughout the year.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Association of Directors of Volunteer Services - WADVS

WADVS is the Wisconsin professional organziation for directors and other employed leaders of volunteer services in healthcare facilities. 

Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association (WVCA)

A professional, statewide network for administrators of volunteers in any type of setting.

Bay Area Managers of Volunteer Services (BAMVS)
Coulee Region Volunteer Coordinators

Coulee Region Volunteer Coordinators (CRVC) is a collaborative organization that promotes the profession of volunteer management and supports volunteerism throughout our region.

Dane County Administrators of Volunteer Services (DCAVS)

Bi-monthly programs, annual conference, bi-monthly newsletter, IVMA celebration, networking opportunities, and over 50 member organizations.

St. Croix Valley Volunteer Leadership Network

 Serves Washington County in MN and Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties in WI.

Canada

National

Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada

VMPC is the national professional association for volunteer resources managers in Canada. Links to the provincial professional associations affiliated with the national body can be found on this page of the site. VMPC changed its name in 2014 from Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources (CAVR).

Alberta

Volunteer Management Group of Edmonton

VMG Edmonton provides professional development and networking opportunities to managers and coordinators of volunteers from a diverse range of organizations. 

British Columbia

Administrators of Volunteer Resources BC

The provincial professional association for individuals involved in the management of volunteer resources. 

Manitoba

Manitoba Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA)

MAVA grows and strengthens the field of volunteer resources management.

Nova Scotia

Volunteer Management Professionals of Nova Scotia (VMPNS)

Ontario

Brant Regional Association of Volunteer Administrators (BRAVA)

Serves Brantford and Brant County, Ontario.

Kingston & Area Association of Administrators of Volunteers

KAAAV is a multi-disciplinary membership association of volunteer managers. 

PAVR-O - Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources

PAVR-O is the provincial association for Volunteer Engagement professionals in Ontario. We offer a number of member-only and public services including an annual conference, professional development webinars, discussion forum, mentor program and ongoing research.

Peel Volunteer Administrators' Network
Toronto Association for Volunteer Administration (TAVA)

Greater Toronto area.

Volunteer Co-Ordinators Association of Sarnia-Lambton (VCASL)
York Region Association for Volunteer Administration (YRAVA)

Québec

Association des gestionnaires de ressources bénévoles du Québec

The Association of Volunteer Resources Managers of Quebec (AGRBQ) groups volunteer resources managers in the health sector and social services. Site is in French and English.

Saskatchewan

Administrators of Volunteer Resources-Saskatchewan (AVR-SK)

An association that unites administrators of volunteer resources to promote best practice support professional development, facilitate networking and advocate for the profession and its impact in the province.