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Greater Minnesota Update

Julie Vreeland

What a great month of meetings in Greater Minnesota. Our District Councils met again following several postponements from February and the input was wonderful. Suggestions included: more online trainings, working to set up more local networks and collaboration with other associations. A full report was made available to all District Council members. Thank you all for your input. We are setting up an all-District Council meeting during the MAVA/POL Conference in June. If you would like to attend this meeting or a District Council meeting please let me know and I will add you to the mailing list.

Special thanks to hosting organizations for setting up meeting in March. University of MN – Crookston Campus – Southwest Initiative Foundation – Animal Allies - MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership – and Fairview Northland Medical Center.

You suggested and we listened to your comments and have a webinar set for April. Lisa Joyslin, MAVA’s
Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager will present “8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program” on April 23rd. Check the MAVA website for registration information. Let us know what additional online training you would like to see from MAVA.

We have a couple Greater Minnesota trainings set up in the Two Harbors area in 2019. The two day Volunteer Impact Leadership Trainings Series will be held on August 22-23 and a Skills Based Training on May 16th. Both of these trainings will be held at the Two Harbors Community Center and are hosted by Community Partners.

If you or your non-profit would like to host a Series training in the fall of 2019 please let me know. Series host organization receive $500 for hosting the trainings. We are particularly looking to set up a Series in Western or Southwestern MN. Give me a call (218-537-1792) or send an email for additional information.