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~ November 2006 ~ Topics

Downloadable Books Available at Volunteer Today Bookstore
Michigan Training For Administrators of Volunteers
ARNOVA Meets in Chicago
COVAA Deadline November 15

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Downloadable Books Available at Volunteer Today Bookstore

The Volunteer Today Bookstore announces the availability of five titles electronically. Two of the books are no longer available in hard cover formats.

Episodic Volunteering: Organizing and Managing the Short-Term Volunteer Program (Macduff)

Handling Problem Volunteers (McCurley)

Keeping Volunteers (McCurley and Lynch)

Measuring Up: Assessment Tools for Volunteer Programs (McCurley and Vineyard)

Volunteer Management: Mobilizing All the Resources of the Community (2nd edition)

Michigan Training For Administrators of Volunteers

Nancy Macduff, Publisher and Editor of Volunteer Today is presenting a workshop in Southfield, MI on the challenges of volunteer administration. New Vitality: Strategies To Grow Your Volunteer Program is Monday, November 20, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southfield Presbyterian Church in Southfield, MI. It is co-sponsored by the UPS Foundation, partnering with Detroit Executive Service Corps, Metropolitan Detroit Volunteer Administration Network, Michigan Nonprofit Association Metro Detroit Partnership, United Way for Southeastern Michigan Romney Volunteer Center, and Volunteer Centers of Michigan. The cost is $50 and includes lunch. For registration information go to http://www.mnaonline.org/workshops.asp or call 517-492-2400.

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ARNOVA Meets in Chicago

Have you managed volunteers for years? Are you looking for a different conference experience? Join other practitioners, academics, and students at the annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action. Learn what is new in the field. Hear research on aspects of volunteering, like motivation. Rub shoulders with those who study volunteerism. November 16 – 18, 2006 at the Marriott in Chicago. Fee for non-members includes a year's membership in ARNOVA. For more information go to http://www.arnova.org.

COVAA Deadline November 15

The Congress of Volunteer Administrator Associations (C)VAA) is being held December 4 – 6, 2006 in Denver, CO. COVAA is a first-ever convening of official representatives of existing associations of volunteer program managers throughout the United States. These groups are sometimes called DOVIAs.

This two-day meeting is structured to allow participants to discuss such things as (the following is just a possible list):

What are existing associations already doing well and don't need a national organization to do for them? What might a national organization provide that is value-added?
What might a "congress" of associations permit existing groups to do together? Is the "congress" model the best choice for moving forward?
How might a "congress" encourage the formation of new associations in geographic areas without such a group now?
What might be the interrelationship between a national "congress" and local associations?

COVAA is intended to be a one-time event. An anticipated outcome is the creation of an empowered leadership steering committee to carry forth an action plan derived from decisions made at the Congress.

The conference is being held at the Warwick Hotel and registration is $50. A full conference schedule and details about registration can be found at the COVAA web site: http://www.covaa.org/.

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