November 5, 2013
Windsor Essex Association for Volunteer Administration is comprised of 35 local organizations that promote and strengthen the profession of Volunteer Management. These individuals are responsible for recruitment, training, retention and the ongoing supervision of volunteers at their agencies. WEAVA members manage over 8000 volunteers who dedicate thousands of hours each year. . “I love working with volunteers because it is a great way to meet new people and understand what we should be doing in life and that is giving back. As Helen Keller quoted “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,” exclaims WEAVA President, Paulette Jagatic. This year we are excited to report that on November 5th WEAVA members celebrated International Volunteer Managers Day in Windsor-Essex in various ways within their respective organizations. Volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life. However, volunteering does not succeed in isolation. Behind this mass of volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals and agencies who are responsible for the coordination, support, training, administration and recruitment of the volunteers – skilled professionals who take singular passion and turn it into effective action.
WEAVA is the leading organization for volunteer managers offering high-quality professional development and networking opportunities in Windsor-Essex. Members attend six professional development meetings each year. An annual insert in a local paper outlines a volunteer story from each member organization as well as the importance of volunteer work in our region.
Volunteer management professionals are vital to the success of a volunteer program. As members of WEAVA we know from our own experience that having a paid volunteer management professional on staff increases the capacity of the organization to involve volunteers. In addition, having a volunteer management professional on staff leverages the impact volunteers have on the organization and its mission. The bottom line is that volunteer management is not middle management. It’s capacity building, leadership, relationship managing, public relations…you get the idea. However you frame it, it’s important. If you are interested in more information or you would like to become a member you can check out our website at http://windsoressexava.com
Written by: Luciana Rosu-Sieza (BANA)