Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators    August Newsletter 
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Summer News from DAVA

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Introducing DAVA's New Board Leadership 

President – Nancy Greene

Vice President - Carrie Hart

Secretary - Kelly Novak

Assistant Secretary -
Danielle Briggs

Treasurer - Ann Gorin

Building On Our Past
Changing Our Future
Nancy Greene, DAVA President
It is with great appreciation to past DAVA Presidents that I accept the challenges ahead as President of DAVA.
Those I follow have built an amazing team of volunteer managers who are working to assure volunteer professionals in the State of Delaware have an organization that gives them resources to succeed.  The ability to have a strong peer network and resources will allow DAVA members to grow as individuals and bring value to our respective organizations.
This year my goals are:
  • Share DAVA's values and resources with new members
  • Involve more young professionals in the organization's activities and leadership and  
  • Continue the progressive changes that allow volunteer managers to take advantage of technology, to enhance the always valuable face-to-face interactions of our members, and become recognized as a reliable resource for volunteer resources.
I ask you for your support and welcome suggestions on how to accomplish our mission.
DAVA's New Membership year starts on September 1st. 
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 have 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
Upcoming meeting and program dates: 
October 3 - DAVA will host a timely presentation on Active Shooters.
October 24 - we are gathering together as a community to Take the Leap|Embrace Change with other volunteer managers and international speakers in a comprehensive webinar/hybrid conference hosted by Better Impact and AL!VE.

Stay Connected with DAVA
From DAVA's Annual Meeting 
Keynote Speaker Kristen Bainger, Owner Germaine LIFE - Executive Business Consulting & Coaching

Kristin G. Bainger

Lessons Learned for Building Success
ONE - Be Kind to Yourself
TWO - Understand the difference between goals and the measures and metrics needed to achieve those goals
THREE - Breath 
FOUR - Speak the Truth
FIVE - Work Hard, Be Happy
SIX - Breathe 
SEVEN - Be Accountable
EIGHT - Embrace the Problems you Face

NINE -  Fess Up When You Mess Up
TEN - Give Credit and Support to Others
ELEVEN - Surround yourself with people who can bring variety to your life.
TWELVE - Listen to The Voice in the Back of Your Head 
FINALLY - Leadership is About Serving Not Being Served.  Again, building stronger teams means becoming stronger leaders. Leaders are found in all manner of roles and positions, not in a job title or a pay rate. Leaders do not wait for a popular consensus to make difficult decisions; they take responsibility for the mistakes made on their watch and give credit to others for the successes; they don't make selfish or politically driven decisions; They understand it is fair and honest to treat under performers and exceptional performers differently.

 Connect with Kristen Bainger -




Young children whose parents read to them enter kindergarten recognizing 30,000 more words than children whose parents didn't. Roxanne Nelson reported this and other facts to the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity staff and AmeriCorps Delaware members at a luncheon celebrating Reading Opens Doors, a program that donates a personally customized library of books to children whose parents build and purchase Habitat homes in Sussex County. In 2007 Roxanne began the distinctive partnership with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. To date, she has given over 6,500 specially selected books to 270 children in 100 Habitat families, a milestone well worth celebrating.

A retired kindergarten teacher, Roxanne recognized that most Habitat families have young children, some of whom are bilingual or just learning English. When she started the program, her goal was to place a small library in each new home with age appropriate books for the children and reference books the entire family could use. Roxanne's work begins when most of the construction has been completed and the family is ready to settle into their new home. She arranges a time to meet with the children and parents to learn a little more about their family dynamic.

Central to the mission is the thoughtful selection of age appropriate children's books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases. Roxanne chooses carefully, often with insights from the staff at Rehoboth's Browseabout Books. Not surprising, her basement has been transformed into a book warehouse.

Roxanne visits the new Habitat home taking bags of books for each of the children, along with a bookcase to accommodate their new treasures. She stays and reads to the children, talking with them about their favorite books and school subjects. Also, she shares with parents the importance of reading to their children.

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity strives to build strength, stability, and self-reliance in our partner families. Reading Opens Doors truly enhances that effort. On behalf of all who support the Habitat for Humanity mission in Sussex County, we offer our most sincere thanks to Roxanne Nelson. She inspires us all.

"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another." 
                  -Erma Bombeck
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