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Engaging Volunteers From Diverse and Immigrant Communities
Published on: 7/3/2020
Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this
issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of 8
strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting
point for volunteer engagement leaders seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.
Below is a summary of the 8 strategies, and the full report is available on MAVA’s website at
MAVA Presents the November 2020 Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference
Published on: 7/3/2020
Redefining Volunteerism: Dismantling Inequities*
A Three-Day Virtual Conference
November 16-18, 2020
10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
VISTA Spotlights
Published on: 7/3/2020
VISTA Spotlights
Volunteering has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia
Jenna Egan
Published on: 7/3/2020
What can WE learn from them?
Racial Equity in Volunteer Engagement: Why it Matters
Published on: 7/3/2020
Minnesota ranks 2nd in the nation with over 35% of residents 16 and older volunteering at an
organization at least once in the past year. But the numbers paint a different picture when broken down by race. While nearly 40% of non-Hispanic white Minnesotans report volunteering in the past year, only 15% of people of color report having volunteered
Racial Equity and Inclusion Resources for Volunteer Engagement Leaders
Published on: 7/3/2020
Resources for Volunteer Engagement Leaders
Recognizing Racism in Volunteer Engagement
Lisa Joyslin
Published on: 6/19/2020
Today, June Nineteenth, we commemorate the end of official slavery in the U.S. On this day, we recognize how racial injustices are still deeply rooted into the fabric of our society. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, followed by protests and riots across the nation calling for racial justice, many people are experiencing discomfort. Discomfort at the unfairness and injustice experienced in the Black community. Discomfort in our own actions, or lack thereof. Discomfort regarding how to move forward.
COVID-19 Resources for Volunteer Engagement Leaders
Published on: 5/20/2020
MAVA staff and board wish to provide support to each of you as we address challenges we face as a result of COVID-19. We are balancing health concerns with the importance of providing our members with support, connection, and resources.
MAVA in the News: Responding to COVID-19
Jenna Egan
Published on: 3/23/2020
MAVA in the news to discuss volunteerism and volunteer leadership during COVID-19.
MAVA COVID-19 Support and Updates
Published on: 3/16/2020
Dear MAVA Community:

These are hard times. The uncertainty can produce anxiety and it is difficult to know how to do our jobs and how to navigate the constantly changing environment. MAVA staff are working remotely and will continue to provide services and support to each of you virtually where possible.
MAVA’s Response and Resources for COVID-19
Published on: 3/12/2020
Dear MAVA Community,

MAVA staff and board wish to provide support to each of you as we address challenges we face as a result of COVID-19. We are balancing health concerns with the importance of providing our members with support, connection, and resources.
Preparing Your Volunteer Program for COVID-19
Published on: 3/11/2020
As COVID-19 spreads through the US, there are many unknowns as to the level and depth of response needed from nonprofit organizations. Managing volunteers through this pandemic will be an important part of continuing essential service delivery in our communities. While we acknowledge this is uncharted territory, we want to offer some tips for nonprofits and volunteer engagement leaders as you prepare your organization’s volunteers for COVID-19.
What We're Reading
Published on: 1/9/2020
Check out what MAVA staff have been reading this month!
Member Spotlight: Courtney Flug and Ree Ford
Published on: 1/9/2020
Meet this month's featured members, Courtney Flug a Volunteer Manager and Ree Ford a Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator VISTA for VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)
New Website Connects Immigrants with Volunteer Opportunities
Published on: 1/9/2020
Learn about Abdurrahman Mahmud who made a website focused on connecting immigrants to jobs and volunteer opportunities
Plan for Your DEI Professional Development in 2020
Published on: 1/9/2020
There are many opportunities to advance your own professional development through events focused
on diversity, equity and inclusion. Take a look at some of the organizations providing DEI training and
what they’re offering in 2020.
MAVA Announces New Inclusive Volunteerism Resources and Opportunities!
Published on: 1/9/2020
MAVA is excited to announce the release of several new inclusive volunteerism resources for volunteer engagement leaders, along with a first-time cohort learning opportunity around racial equity in volunteerism in 2020.
Welcome, new members!
Meet MAVA's members who joined or renewed their membership in the past month.
Member Benefit: Background Check Discounts with McDowell Agency
Learn about MAVA member discounts on background checks through the McDowell agency.