Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators - March  Newsletter
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Upcoming Event! 

From Nancy Green,
DAVA's President

Elevate Your Volunteer Leadership!

Each year DAVA and the Delaware Office of Volunteerism teams to help volunteer administrators, managers and directors take their professionalism to the next level.

Through inspiring keynotes and hands-on workshops, attendees gain new perspectives and tools to recruit, train and honor volunteers – the lifeblood of most non-profits.

The Annual Volunteer Delaware Conference will be held on
Monday, April 30 from 8 am to 4 pm at Dover Downs.

Come network with the best volunteer managers in the state, team with presenters who will expand your toolbox, and join plenary sessions where speakers feed your enthusiasm to enrich your volunteers’ experiences.

See you there!

Please go to and you will find information on the Volunteer Conference: “Elevate Your Volunteer Leadership”.  

This will include the keynote speaker, Closing Plenary and all six workshops. 

The conference will be Monday, April 30th, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at Dover Downs. 

You will find the link to register on Eventbrite.  Cost is $75.00 for DAVA members and $90.00 for those not yet members. Registration the day of the Conference is $125.00  

Great things are happening in Laurel Delaware! Reimagine Laurel
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, The Town of Laurel, DE and The Laurel Redevelopment Corporation announced the Transfer of Ownership of 2 of the Habitat homes to the new homeowners one on Oak Street and one on Market Street.  The homes were renovated by Sussex County Habitat for Humanity using volunteer labor and partner homeowner families contributed more than 400 hours of sweat equity alongside the volunteers. 

Volunteers from Laurel came together to rebuild the homes, build community, and foster hope in their own back yard.  The area was the focus of a Rock the Block event this winter where Laurel citizens cleaned the area, provided support for new homeowners and brought visibility to the changes happening in Laurel’s downtown. 

On February 19 Gov. John Carney and Anas Ben Addi, Director, Delaware State Housing Authority announced funding with support from the Downtown Development District program, developer The Meoli Companies – plans to soon begin construction on 10 units (five duplexes) in the second phase of the town-home community of Villas on Broad Creek in Laurel.

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is proud to be part of the Reimagine Laurel efforts and stand beside the citizens of the town as they revitalize their neighborhoods.




Join the next DAVA workshop
Jennifer Clement
Director with Children’s Beach House
Experienced Trainer & National Speaker

Elephant in the Room
Dealing with Unacknowledged Conflict

April 10, 2018
           10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.            
Children’s Beach House
1800 Bay Avenue
 Lewes, DE  19958

Do you sense the presence of the “elephant in the room” at staff meetings, with administrators or with Volunteers?  This workshop explores the most effective responses to unacknowledged conflict and the five styles of conflict management.  Participants will investigate the style they are most comfortable with and the styles that create more conflict.  Proactive strategies for addressing and resolving conflict will be identified.


Register for this meeting by April 4, 2018
Email: Linda Rogers at:

Phone: 302-515-3020

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

Volunteer Essay 
After 25 Years, I Have Finally Met My Neighbors: My service in a code purple shelter


Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is a hot tourist spot for more than half of every year. Families look forward to their summer weeks off so they can travel down Coastal Highway, shop in the tax-free Tanger outlets, walk the boardwalk, eat Thrasher’s French fries or some saltwater taffy from Dolly’s, and enjoy the sun. It’s the city that everyone wants to retire to in order to enjoy life after a long career up North. Building a dream house five minutes from the beach and adorning it with lighthouse shaped lamps and nautical artwork is common for retiree’s in Rehoboth. I personally have spent hundreds of hours with the Rehoboth Beach community either walking alongside them on the boardwalk in my spare time or shaking just the right amount of citrus into a regular customer’s drink during happy hour through my work in the restaurant industry.

I had signed up for an intake shift at the local code purple shelter before I even knew where it was located. I passed all the giddy shoppers and bikers on the side of Route One on my drive when I finally spotted the old building with dark brown siding. I parked the car and felt a little uneasy as I approached the building with a long line of men wearing backpacks waiting outside the door. I hurried inside to find a large common area and seasoned shelter volunteers ready to lend a hand. As the line of men began entering the facility with friendly smiles underneath their beards, I felt embarrassed for the anxiety I felt just moments ago.

As intake continued, I learned a little more about the lives of the shelter clients. I witnessed their sheer joy for a roof over their head on a 20 degree night and for a warm meal in their stomachs. Their gratitude for the shelter was overwhelming and it made me proud to live in Rehoboth where so many people were willing to help others.

Only recently, my eyes have been opened to the truth of the Rehoboth Beach community. I never knew there were so many people facing homelessness and who went without food for days and without showers for weeks. I was constantly submerged in all the great and rich parts of my town that I was blind to the rest of the community that had always been there, asking for help.

After my experiences in a code purple shelter I see (even more) the importance of volunteering. I have realized that not all people who live in Rehoboth constantly lay on the beach and frequent happy hour. Many people have found where they belong within the volunteer community and that is such a heartwarming thing. No matter how nice and exciting a city may look like on the outside, there is always something you can do to improve it or someone you can help through volunteering.

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