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Virtual Listening Session on Helping Others - 3/17, 4-5:30pm

Participants Needed for Listening Sessions on Helping Other People! $75 gift card provided

Do you help people in your community? Maybe you help people cook, take care of family, organize celebrations, drive friends to work and more. Are you a Black, indigenous or person of color? The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) would love to hear from you about your experiences, and we will pay you with a $75 gift card for your time, energy and ideas.

For this session we are looking to hear from BIPOC men, along with participants of any gender identity who identify as Indigenous/Native, Hmong, or Latinx.

More Information

Join MAVA for 1.5 hour listening sessions about volunteering and helping others in your community. Listening sessions will take place virtually in October 2020. You will have multiple times and dates to choose from. You can only join one time.

We will not share your name or personal information. Only your words and ideas will be used in a report we will create. You will receive a $75 gift card (Cub, Target or Walmart) after the session by mail or email.

Please join us if:

  • You help others in your community (family, relatives, neighbors, etc.) or volunteer with a group or organization
  • You are willing to share your ideas and experiences
  • You are a man who is Black, indigenous or person of color AND/OR you are a person of any gender identity that is Indigenous/Native, Hmong, or Latinx.
  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You live, work or attend school in the city of Minneapolis (you do not need to have an office in Minneapolis, but you can do business there)
  • You have a device, such as a computer, tablet or phone, and internet connection to listen and talk to other people in a 1.5 hour session

If you would like to join, please register for one of our listening sessions here or email Lisa Joyslin at to sign up for a session.

About this Project

MAVA is conducting research on racial equity in volunteerism. We have identified areas of systemic racism in traditional volunteer structures, and would like to 1) identify additional barriers to participation and 2) learn about alternative volunteerism structures that are created by and for Black, indigenous and people of color.

We will use the information we gain to create an initial report and training on building racially equitable systems for volunteerism. Ideas shared by listening session participants will be cited in the report, but will be anonymous. MAVA is happy to provide all listening session attendees with copies of our report so you can see the research to which you are contributing.

MAVA would like to thank the Minneapolis Foundation for funding this initiative.

About MAVA

MAVA’s mission is to connect, engage, support and advocate for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations to positively impact communities. Learn more at

Contact Information

Please contact Lisa Joyslin, MAVA’s Equity and Inclusion Manager, with any questions or concerns at

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM
You will be sent a Zoom webinar link the day before the session.

Additional Info:
Free Special Event
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