2020 GRAVA Conference Postponed!

Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2020 conference!

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GRAVA Workshop: Data Bootcamp!

Thursday, February 6th
8:30-10:30am
Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
3409 W Moore St Richmond, VA 23230

Prepare to make data work for you.

Alan Delbridge from the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond is going to lead us through a data tutorial. We plan to learn how we can make the most out of our data by developing some dashboard-building skills. This will be an incredible skills-building opportunity!

As always, breakfast will be served.

To do before the meeting:

  • Have a google account and access to google sheets
  • After signing into their google accounts, participants will need to “add” this document to their google drives
    1. File dropdown click “make a copy” to add an editable copy.  
    2. Show up to the training!
  • If anyone is interested here is a link to the course I took. The page has sample lessons available for preview. The course costs $199, but GRAVA HAS SCHOLARSHIPS!

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GRAVA Conference Announcement!

 

The 2020 GRAVA conference has been postponed! Stay tuned for more information! 

POSTPONED


Please reach out to Erin with any questions.

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GRAVA’s January Meeting: January 9th

We hope everyone’s holiday season has been joyful and that 2020 brings even more happiness.

Our January meeting is the second week of January—we all need a little time to get back in the groove after the holidays!

Facilitated Networking

Thursday, January 9th
8:30-10:30am
Special Olympics Virginia
3212 N Skipwith Rd #100
Richmond, VA 23294

Are you brand new to the industry? Are you a longtime volunteer professional who is keen to grow and change? GRAVA wants to connect you to other volunteer professionals who can help you! Facilitated networking will ensure we can all create deeper connections to folks in our community.

As always, breakfast will be served.

This workshop is free for GRAVA members and $5 for non-members. An impactful act of professional development is joining GRAVA! We offer workshops year-round and a summer conference; learning with fellow volunteer professionals is a great way to invigorate yourself, grow your community network, and keep learning new skills.

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GRAVA Holiday Social

GRAVA members, you’re invited to the GRAVA social on Thursday, December 5th from 4:30-5:30pm at Social52.

To RSVP, head over to our invitation!

Cheers to all the good work GRAVA members did in 2019!

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Download the GRAVA Schedule

Download a free printable of the GRAVA Meetings 2019-2020.

Join us for conversations and workshops on advocating for volunteers within your organization, strategic planning, data, managing interns, and so much more!

GRAVA events are free for members and $5 for folks who aren’t members. Every event is an opportunity to win a prize, gain a skill, eat a tasty breakfast, and network with fellow volunteer management professionals.

To become a GRAVA member—or renew your membership—head over here.

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November’s GRAVA Workshop: Self Care

Self Care 

with Project Yoga Richmond

Thursday, November 7th
8:30-10:30am
Visual Arts Center of Richmond*
1812 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220

GRAVA appreciates you! This month we honor Richmond’s volunteer professionals with a self care workshop (and a gift for everyone in attendance!) at Vis Arts. Project Yoga Richmond is going to lead us in chair yoga practice—no need to wear your stretchy pants, though, chair yoga is office-clothing friendly—and we are going to celebrate all of the amazing ways you make Richmond a better place for everyone.

As always, breakfast will be served.

This workshop is free for GRAVA members and $5 for non-members. An impactful act of self care is joining GRAVA! We offer workshops year-round and a summer conference; learning with fellow volunteer professionals is a great way to invigorate yourself, grow your community network, and keep learning new skills.

*Vis Arts has a parking lot behind and beside the building. There’s also street parking.

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GRAVA Meeting: October 2019

Emotional Intelligence

Presented by Susan Wilkes

How are you smart?  Come learn why “emotional intelligence” may be more important, especially in volunteer management, than traditional “IQ.”  In this interactive session, we’ll learn about the key components of emotional intelligence, watch some fun video clips of EQ in action, and explore where we might get a boost in EQ!

October 3rd
8:30-10:30am
LaPrade Library
9000 Hull Street Rd
North Chesterfield, VA 23236

 

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June 2019 Workshop – Create a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

June 6, 2019
8:30-10:30am
Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
3409 W Moore St
Richmond, VA 23230

Presenter: Presented by Stephanie Glenn

8 STRATEGIES FOR CREATING A MORE INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Do volunteers at your organization represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the community you serve? The answer, for most governments and nonprofit organizations, is “no.”  But this can change.  Join GRAVA on June 6th  to learn 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at your organization. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders who are seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

Stephanie Glenn is formally the program  manager for HandsOn Greater Richmond which is a service of the Community Foundation.  Currently in a new role as Senior Program Officer for Educational Success.  Stephanie has 16 years’ experience in nonprofit with specialization of volunteer management.  She’s a volunteer’s volunteers as she serves on several boards and volunteers herself as a mentor to youth. Stephanie has dedicated her career to making a change in communities where individuals and families need systematic change.

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May 2019 Meeting – Peer2Peer Mentoring

How to Give and Receive Productive Professional Peer Support

May 2, 2019
8:30-10:30am
YWCA Richmond
6 N 5th St
Richmond, VA 23219

*Parking is available on the street and in the parking garage across the street. Parking is not free.*

Presenter: Presented by Alison Jones-Nassar and Katie Campbell

GRAVA members – you asked and we heard! Overwhelming numbers of volunteer engagement professionals operate departments of one and are in need of professional advice concerning daily challenges as well as guidance on particular issues, ideas for new initiatives, and suggestions on how to navigate sensitive situations that are unique to our profession. As members of GRAVA, we are surrounded at every workshop by peers with experience and expertise in the problems we wish to solve. But how can we efficiently connect with our peers in small group or one-on-one arrangements? And how can we ensure that we connect in ways that are positive, productive, and professional? Join Alison Jones-Nassar, GRAVA’s professional development chair, and independent consultant Katie Campbell, who has facilitated hundreds of peer consulting sessions locally and nationally, on Thursday May 2 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for an informative session that promises to provide you with the peer support models and mechanisms you need to engage in short- and longer-term consultations, get you the answers you need, and unleash the peer consultant within!

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