Summer Updates from DAVA
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Summer News from DAVA

Membership: Join or Renew!
Visit to check out our new website and to register for the next membership year!
The Year Ahead:
Meeting Speakers & Topics
While our meeting schedule is still TBD, here are some of the great topics and speakers we will be featuring in the upcoming year!

Sheri Burke
  • September 28th from 10 AM to noon
  • At Hagley Museum and Library: 200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
  • DAVA can members to bring a friend for free to this meeting!
  • Free for members and $25 for non-members

Celebrating Volunteer Impact This Year
via Skype
Susan Ellis

Working with Millennial Volunteers
Andrea Taylor

Professional Development
Connie Pirtle

Building High Performance Teams
Kristin Bainger

Adopt-a-Student Program
It’s the beginning of the 2016-17 school preparation season for Adopt-A-Family through the State Service Centers!
Even as we gear up to help provide much needed educational support to needy children, we are also aware that the economic situation at this time is hitting everyone especially hard.  Even those with jobs have had to “tighten their belts” one or two notches due to reduced hours, business lay-offs, and closings.  These households are finding it difficult to pay basic living expenses; many have lost their homes or are living with relatives or friends in uncertain situations, and, yet others are in homeless shelters trying to find a way to get back into a place of their own where they can provide a secure, normal home for their children.
In the midst of all these struggles, the children of these families continue to grow and need new clothes and shoes as well as haircuts and school supplies.  How will families get through the next school year? Where will the resources come from?  The answer to that question is YOU, our devoted and caring sponsors.  You, who have shown time and time again that you care about the future of our children. 
How you can help is simple.  Details are below:
  • You may send us a check, bring cash, gift cards, or backpacks filled with school supplies. You can even have fun by making it a team collection effort! 
  • It takes about $50 to provide two uniforms for a student and about $25 to provide them with a pair of shoes. 
  • All donations are tax deductible.
  • Deadline for all donations is Friday, August 5, 2016. 
  • However, please contact Adopt-A-Family office if you need an extended deadline. 
  • Please deliver your donation to either our New Castle or Kent/Sussex locations:
    • New Castle: 3301 Green Street, 2nd Floor, Claymont, DE 19703 OR
    • 13 SW Front Street, Milford, DE 19963 between 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. 
  • You may contact us in New Castle at (302) 792-6510/email at or in Kent/Sussex County at (302) 424-7260/email at if you should have questions or need additional information.
Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
We know it is hard to choose, but don't forget to nominate at least ONE of your outstanding volunteers for the Governor's annual award!  

Today (8/19) is the deadline for nominations!

Click here to start the nomination process. 
A Matter of Balance
Volunteer Delaware 50+ offers fall prevention programs for those 60+:  A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce a person’s fall risks by changing attitudes and behaviors and through an exercise program that improves strength, balance and flexibility.  This program meets for 2 hours once a week for 8 consecutive weeks.

The Moving for Better Balance Program uses Tai Chi inspired movements to reduce fall risks by improving overall core and leg strength.  This program meets twice a week for one hour each time for 4 months. 

For more information and schedules, contact: 

NCC:  Susan Fox – 302-255-9690
KC:  Rich Phillips – 302–834 9245
SC:  Ann Gorrin – 302 515-3026
In this Issue
Committee Members needed!
Committe members are needed for Membership and Communications.

Please contact Cheryl Christiansen if interested!
CVA Registration 
The final CVA registration deadline in 2016 is less than TWO MONTHS away

Anyone wishing to take the exam in October must apply by September 15, 2016.

The certification process advances both personal and professional development.

There are various types of support offered to help candidates succeed: 
"This past spring, I participated in the CVA certification process. Preparing for certification helped me focus on ways I could improve my performance as a volunteer manager. The framework of core competencies provided by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration is both challenging and reassuring, in turn. In my preparation and testing, I could apply what I was learning to my work at Winterthur. The course of study has also allowed me to perceive opportunities for further growth in the profession." -Tricia Davies

Contact Angela Williamson for more information or questions:
  • 302-658-2400 ext. 257
Quote of The Issue
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Ghandi
DAVA County
Networking Meetings
Bring your own beverage and food!  We’ll talk about the topic listed (bring examples of what you do at your organization) and whatever else is a hot topic that day! Meetings will be held in Oct, Jan, May, and July in EVERY county.  We will discuss topics such as: Handbooks/Policies, communication, recruitment and group volunteering. Details coming soon. 
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