Brent-Ratzleff-2016-croppedBrent Retzlaff, BA, CVA – Siloam Mission, Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

The CVA was a more valuable experience than I could have ever imagined. The time that I spent reading and studying the Volunteer Administration textbook helped to solidify my understanding of volunteer management with the practical experience that I have. The certification gives me the confidence to speak up as a professional in my work space.

Photo: Volunteers help facilitate bingo nights at Siloam’s supportive housing facility for those transitioning out of homelessness.

IMG_8871 smBrandon Leong, CVA – Keiro, Los Angeles, CA USA

I have always been passionate about volunteerism and the tremendous impacts volunteers can have. I felt that pursuing the certification would validate my work and the incredible work that volunteers do to support organizations.

Photo: Keiro volunteers are dedicated to enhancing the quality of senior life in Our Community by sharing their talents and skills.

Amira Barger with Volunteer Group - smAmira Barger, MBA, CFRE, CVA – Project Open Hand, San Francisco, CA USA

Acquiring my CVA opened the door to further professional development and relationships. Through this process I have met dedicated peers and served alongside them on committees related to the CVA. I have learned so much from my peers and these committees and each day I implement something a peer has advised, spoken about or implemented on their own. I am so grateful for a co-hort of peers to use as a sounding board and continue building the profession of Volunteer Management.

Photo: Amira Barger with volunteer group from Heffernan Insurance Brokers.

High School students testing waterJason Frenzel-Wright, CVA – Huron River Watershed Council, Ann Arbor, MI USA

I loved the process of acquiring my CVA! I found it personally enriching and professionally valuable. I now have many more resources and abilities at my disposal. I recommend the experience for anyone who is prepared to cultivate their abilities as a professional volunteer manager.

Photo: Advanced volunteer leader, Dave Wilson, is training Ann Arbor area high school students water quality monitoring techniques.” Photo Credit: Haley Buffman