Program Schedule

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Explore GRAVA’s upcoming programs.


When? GRAVA holds monthly membership meetings from 8:30am – 10:30am on the first Thursday of every month (except August and December). The first 30 minutes are reserved for breakfast and networking, followed by a 90-minute program.

Where? We rotate meeting locations between spaces donated by our member organizations. This keeps your costs low, and gives you a great chance to hear about the great work being done across our community!

How much? Free for members, $5 for non-members at the door. Cost includes breakfast (and yes, plenty of coffee!)

What? GRAVA meetings come in two flavors…

  • Workshops: Run by invited speakers who are local experts in topics relevant to volunteer management. Designed to provide members with bite size, tangible resources to apply immediately in their everyday practice. Workshops will provide content and exercises for real world-skills with the potential for immediate application.
  • Roundtables: Facilitated by board members, and designed to provide members with in-depth discussion and interactive activities building on the preceding month’s workshop topic to help reinforce learning and application. We hit the sweet spot between recap (for those who missed last month) and deep dive (for those who attended and are eager to learn more!)

Interested in serving as an expert facilitator or know someone who would? Interested in having your organization host a GRAVA meeting (need space for 40-50)?  Contact Program Co-Chairs Jan Rowley or Debra Friedman.


2016-2017 Meeting Schedule: Save these dates in your work calendar so you can get the most out of your GRAVA membership this year! Links and topics will be added as event registration goes live.

September 1: Workshop, 8:30-10:30 AM (Creating an Inclusive and Welcoming Volunteer Environment with Jonathan Zur of VCIC – hosted by Westminster Canterbury)

October 6: Roundtable, 8:30-10:30 AM (deep dive on previous workshop – hosted by Health Brigade / formerly Fan Free Clinic)

November 3: Workshop and International Volunteer Manger’s Day Celebration, 8:30-10:30 AM – hosted by the Gathering Place at the Chrysalis Institute)

*No Membership Meeting in December*

January 5: Workshop,  8:30-10:30 AM (Defining Your Philosophy of Leadership with Katie Campbell – hosted by Community Idea Stations)

February 2: Roundtable, 8:30-10:30 AM (Peer to Peer Learning: Challenges and Effective Strategies – hosted by Health Brigade / formerly Fan Free Clinic)

March 2:  Workshop, 8:30-10:30 AM (Crafting a Great Episodic Volunteer Program – hosted by the Appomattox Regional Library)

April 6: Roundtable, 8:30-10:30 AM (Anatomy of an Episodic Volunteer Event – hosted by the Henrico Training Center)

May 4: Workshop, 8:30-10:30 AM (Innovative Approaches to Leveraging Data – hosted by Saint Paul’s Baptist Church) 

June 1: Roundtable, 8:30-10:30 AM (Choosing the Right Volunteer Management Software – hosted by Diversity Richmond)  

July 20: Annual Professional Conference, July 20, 8:30 AM – 2 PM

* No membership meeting in August *

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