Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators - December Newsletter
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Upcoming Event! 

Join us for our DAVA workshop

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ross Mansion

203 High Street, Seaford, DE 19973



Featuring Speaker
David I. Bull, Human Resourced Director
First State Community Action Agency 

Management to Leadership

Please bring your favorite Holiday

cookie or candy to share!!!

Register for this meeting by emailing Linda Rogers Phone: 302-515-3020

Cost: FREE to DAVA Members $25 for Non-Members

DAVA's Membership - Join today!
Don't wait to join or renew your membership online at: or by mailing your registration with a check to: DAVA, P.O. Box 2776, Wilmington, DE  19805

As a DAVA member, you will have access to many resources and opportunities to interact with our varied members. You have taken a great step to keep your program up to date with new ideas and information for those leading volunteers.
We encourage you to take advantage of all of the benefits of membership: 
  • Attendance at all workshops, meetings and webinars held by DAVA
  • A discount on the State of Delaware Annual Volunteer Conference
  • Attendance at regional collaboration meetings, including mentor/mentee pairing
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Certified Volunteer administrator exam and portfolio support and encouragement
  • Access to members only online Resource Center  

There are many wonderful volunteer opportunities in Sussex County! Volunteer Delaware 50+ of Sussex County wants to extend an invitation to each of you a listing of opportunities available with their community partners and invites you to get involved in meaningful service.

Volunteer Delaware 50+ is a statewide program offered through the State Office of Volunteerism. The mission of Volunteer Delaware 50+ is to engage persons 50 and older in volunteer service, to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.

For information about Volunteer Delaware 50+ contact us at 302-515-3025

Click the link below to access the wonderful volunteer opportunities that are available.


DAVA Member Mary Kate Benson
director of volunteer services
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware


The Governor Honors Delaware’s Outstanding Volunteers

Twenty-four individuals and groups were  honored with the 2017 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award on Oct. 25 at Dover Downs Hotel. This year's event placed a spotlight on the service people and organizations engaged in diverse activities, including mentoring children, rescuing wildlife, helping seniors and veterans, and protecting the environment.

Ben Fournier (pictured above) of Chadds Ford, Pa. 

For 27 years, Ben Fournier has volunteered for Delaware Hospice’s grief camp for children, Camp New Hope. Ben is a professional photographer and has donated his services to capture the cheerful, soulful, silly and sad emotions that the children experience throughout the healing process of the four-day bereavement camp. In honor of his 25th year of volunteering, Ben launched a successful fundraiser that helped pay for the cost of sending nearly 100 children to camp. Two years, later, he is well into his third fundraiser and has a goal of reaching $100,000 this year. Though he arrives each year as a photographer, Ben steps in wherever he is needed. Whether he acts as a fundraiser, lunch time helper, errand-runner or a human jungle gym for a group of 6-year-olds, Ben comes to Camp New Hope ready to help.

Many other organizations and individuals were highlighted. Below is the complete list. Congratulations to all who were recognized this year!

New Castle County
Dr. Marie G. Finamore, Arts/Culture
Mary E. King, Community Service
Gerald R. Poirier, Education/Literacy
Desiree Dowling, Health & Special Needs
Elaine Vignola, Human Needs

Kent County
Pastor Aaron Appling, Human Needs

Sussex County
Roxanne Nelson, Economic Development
Dr. Thomas Connelly, Education/Literacy
Maryanne Yingst, Environment
Dr. Nancy Feichtl, Healthy Futures
Chase A. Marvil, Social Justice/Advocacy
Scott Underkoffler, Veterans & Military Families

New Castle County
Kalmar Nyckel Volunteers, Arts/Culture
Networks Schools for Employability Skills, Economic Development
Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, Education/Literacy
Christiana Care Health System Project Connect Volunteers, Health & Special Needs
Moving for Melanoma, Healthy Futures

Kent County
DonDel Theatre Company, Community Service
Friends of Killens Pond State Park, Environment

Sussex County
Greater Lewes Community Village, Human Needs
Ocean View Police Volunteers, Public Safety
Clothing Our Kids, Social Justice/Advocacy
Operation SEAS the Day, Veterans & Military Families

For more information on the 2017 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award can be found at


Read about the The Value of Volunteers in Delaware Business Times. DAVA member Mary Kate Benson is featured! 
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