The presenter for our November “Self-Care” program was Suzanne Vinson of Silver Tree Art. Suzanne is a wife, mother, chaplain/minister, author and artist. She encouraged us to close our eyes and breathe as she read an essay, Breathe In, Breathe Out from My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Remen, M.D. Then a poem from her own book, Broken Wide Whole, was read aloud by several members of our group, as we sat in the light dimmed room.
We then were given several choices of small art projects to work on. A popular one was coloring matchsticks from matchbooks with Suzanne’s designs on them, and think about the ways in which we “light up” the world in our roles as volunteer managers.
Suzanne brought buttons, matchboxes, and cards with her whimsical watercolor designs and sayings for members to take home with them, as well as their own handiwork.
St. Joseph’s Villa hosted our event. Members learned a lot about St. Joseph’s Villa, their campus and mission. Tours were offered after the program by Kathy Perun.
November 1, 2018
St. Joseph’s Villa
8000 Brook Rd
Richmond, VA 23227
Presenter: Suzanne Vinson, Silver Tree Art
November is “self-care” month at GRAVA! Our presenter is artist/owner, Suzanne Vinson of Silver Tree Art. Silver Tree Art specializes in soul-care art and retreats that gather folks ’round the table. Our workshop will be a combination of mindfulness practice, artistic creativity, and energy renewal infused with ritual, art, and conversation. Participants will consciously infuse their work with head, heart, and hands, mindfully present to the day.
St. Joseph’s Villa at 8000 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23227, will host our November event, in the boardroom of The Administration Building. Parking is available in front. We will meet on November 1, from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Breakfast will be provided.
October 4, 2018
The Women’s Club of Virginia
211 E Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23219
Directions & Parking: The house is located between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Parking is available in their lot located at the corner of Franklin and 3rd Street in the TWC area.
Presenter: Whitney Guthrie, Director of Community Engagement at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
Join us October 4th for a Round Table discussion on “Policies and Procedures “. If your organization has no written Policy & Procedure manual this is a great time to get ideas for creating one. If you feel your existing Policy and Procedure manual could use some updating, bring it for suggestions. Or, if you feel your organization already has a great Policy & Procedure manual, bring it to share ideas and inspiration.
We will meet at The Women’s Club of Virginia (TWC) located at 211 E. Franklin Street. The house is located between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Parking is available in their lot located at the corner of Franklin and 3rd Street in the TWC area. We meet from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Breakfast will be served.
Our September presenter Katie Campbell gave an informative talk on “Saying No without Reserve or Regret” at the beautiful Virginia War Memorial. Katie reviewed tactics used by askers to get us to say “yes”. Some of the tactics are flattery, desperation, quilt and trickery. She then discussed why and how to say “no”. She also supplied us with phrases to use in saying “no” such as “I have a previous commitment…”; “We don’t have the resources…”; and “This is beyond the scope of our organization’s mission…”. Katie also suggested some deflection phrases such as “Who else is helping with this…” or “Have you thought about…”.
After a short round table discussion, Katie concluded with when to say “yes”. She stressed askers should have a clearly defined idea of what they were asking of you, and expected outcome. You should have a clear idea of what can be expected in way of resources and support. Only when you feel confident with the mutual agreement should you say “yes”.
Katie concluded with, “If you never say no, what good is your “yes”.
September 6, 2018
Virginia War Memorial
621 South Belvidere Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Directions & Parking: If arriving from the North, from Belvidere St. take the last LEFT before the Lee Bridge. If arriving from the South, take the first RIGHT just after crossing the Lee Bridge. There are about 10 spaces at the museum for use, and some on Spring Street. Street parking is also available on Oregon Hill just across Belvidere. (2nd St. is closed for construction)
Presenter: Katie Campbell, CVA
“Saying NO — Without Reserve or Regret”
Many of us are naturally inclined to say YES with a “can-do” spirit. As leaders and managers we want to demonstrate our positive attitude and avoid disappointing others. So when we find ourselves in a situation where our gut tells us to say NO, we struggle with getting the word out. This session will explore legitimate reasons to say NO, why we find it difficult, and how to do it effectively. Leave with some practical tactics to strengthen this skill – in both your professional and personal life.
June 7, 2018
3001 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063.
Parking: Parking is available in front of the building. This is the “old” address. The “new” address does not work in GPS. It is the same location!
Presenter: GRAVA Board
Volunteers allow your organization to do more work. They often lessen the burden on your paid staff. Volunteer recruitment also raises the awareness of your organization. We’ll expand on the workshop from May on ways to recruit volunteers, keep them engaged, and increase your retention rates. We will talk about unlikely places to obtain volunteers and ways to engage and keep them motivated. Participants are encouraged to come with their own ideas to share as well.
At GRAVA’s May Workshop, we focused on the best practices of volunteer recruitment and retention. Amy Nisenson gave us insights into the motivations of volunteers and when we should recruit them. She talked about warm body recruitment, targeted recruitment and concentric circles recruitment. To get a good handle of how we should recruit, we ought to first speak to our current or past volunteers about why they volunteer, why they left and they experience as a volunteer. Having a good strategy for the types of volunteers needed helps to find out which skills or demographics you need and how to target them. Many corporate groups have grants for organizations that their employees volunteer for.
Once you have recruited volunteers you need to engage them by providing training and leadership opportunities. Some of the reasons volunteers don’t stay is a chaotic experience or the experience didn’t live up to their expectations. There needs to be clear expectations and a friendly, professional environment to better engage volunteers.
See the slideshow here.