Annual Volunteer Administrators Awards

There are more than 683,000 volunteers in the San Diego region, ranking us 12th among the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas. These volunteers support thousands of community organizations and government agencies. As you know, community service plays an essential role in the vitality of our neighborhoods and positively contributes to the health and prosperity of our region. Volunteers could not be successful in their roles without the support of Volunteer Administrators working behind the scenes to champion community engagement and effectively recruit, place, train and motivate volunteers.

Volunteer Administrators Network (VAN) and Cultural Volunteer Managers Council (CVMC) will be presenting the following awards at the spring 2013 Volunteer Administrators Celebration:
Volunteer Administrator of the Year (.docx)
Rookie Volunteer Administrator of the Year (.docx)

Please take the time to nominate a deserving candidate. Organizations or individuals may submit a nomination. Individuals may also nominate themselves.

Awardees will be selected by a committee made up of leaders in the volunteer community and from the community at large. The recipients will be presented with their awards, and all nominees will receive certificates of recognition, at an event scheduled for spring 2013.

To submit a nomination:
■ Complete the nomination form (links above). An incomplete form will not be considered.
■ Nomination forms must be e-mailed by 5:00 p.m. on February 11, 2013.
■ The selection committee may request additional information or clarification.
■ The decision of the selection committee is final. The nomination forms become the property of VAN and cannot be returned.

E-mail nominations and/or questions to:

Nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 11, 2013.


International Volunteer Managers Day

This day provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on all the work, strategy and heart you put into engaging volunteers. Join us for a happy-hour networking event to celebrate. Mingle with others who coordinate volunteer efforts, share your best tips, get inspired and energized, and celebrate the good work our profession does! (For more information on the international holiday, visit

Our event will take place at the following:
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 7; 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Martini’s Above Fourth – 3940 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 (Take the elevator!)

A BIG thank you to Martini’s Above Fourth for donating their venue! Check out their happy hour menu.

Questions about the event? Email

Committee Members Wanted

We are currently seeking new members for two of our committees: Marketing & Outreach and Networking. Come share your talent and enthusiasm and help us spread the word about our programs!

      • Marketing & Outreach Committee: The purpose of this committee is to help increase awareness of VAN services, increase the number of organizations participating in our programs and Roundtable Discussions, and to help increase the size, relevance and impact of the VAN Advisory Council through the targeted recruitment of area professionals.
        • Time Commitment: monthly meetings for a one year term.
        • If you are interested in being a part of this committee and supporting volunteer administrators around San Diego County, please contact Debbie Krakauer at
    • Networking Committee: The Networking Committee helps to make professional development accessible to the many volunteer management professionals in the community in a relaxed and casual environment. This committee also supports peer recognition of excellence and achievement in the field, and promotes best practices in volunteer coordination throughout our community.
      • Time Commitment: As a committee, we meet bimonthly and host two events in the fall and two events in the spring, including our recognition event, the Volunteer Administrators Network Celebration and Awards.
      • If you are interested in being a part of this committee and supporting volunteer administrators around San Diego County, please contact Chrissy Califf at to learn more!

Benefits of being on either committee:

  • Community networking and leadership
  • Opportunity to share your knowledge and experience
  • Help create a culture of volunteerism in San Diego County!

For general questions, contact

Upcoming Roundtable Discussions

October: “Sticky Issues”
Bring your tough volunteer issues to this forum where ideas and solutions can be made.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Join us at the network breakfast at 8a.m. before the roundtable!
Location: Museum of Man
Facilitated by: Jean Stein, Volunteer Coordinator Museum of Man and Adrianna Lewis, Volunteer Manager Project Wildlife
RSVP here.

November: “Social Media” Webinar
Stay tuned for a webinar on the latest trends in social media as it relates to volunteer engagement.
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 6, 9:00-10:00a.m.
Location: Webinar
Facilitated by: ALIVE

December: “Training Events No Volunteer Can Resist”
Roundtable discussion on the best volunteer training practices.
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 11, 8:30-10:00a.m.
Location: California Police Athletic Federation
Facilitated by: Patty Zwolinski, Volunteer Coordinator California Police Athletic Federation and

January: “Cultivating Volunteers into Donors”
Roundtable discussion on the best volunteer training practices.
Date & Time: Thursday, January 16, 8:30-10:00a.m.
Location: Feeding America San Diego
Facilitated by: Alicia Saakes, Volunteer Manager Feeding America

Times and locations will be announced through Facebook and enewsletter. Stay tuned and reserve your spot!

Upcoming Trainings from our Partners

The following are all offered through Nonprofit Management Solutions.

Planning for and Recruiting Volunteers: February 2, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Screening Volunteers for the Best Fit: March 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Engaging and Retaining Volunteers: April 11, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Volunteer Manager Learning Group: Five-week course, every Thursday in March from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

If you know of other relevant trainings in our area, please enter notes in a comment below.

Upcoming Roundtable Discussions

  • January

Internship or Volunteer Opportunity?
Join the Volunteer Administrators Network for a Roundtable discussion on Internships. Learn about the rights and responsibilities for interns and organizations, valuable definitions and terminology to help distinguish interning, skilled volunteering and service learning opportunities. Find out what other organizations are doing with internships and how to make the most of your experience!

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 18, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: “The Ink Spot” (San Diego Writers, Ink) – 710 13th St., Studio 210, SD 92101. Street parking available, coins and cards accepted.
Facilitated by: Jeannine Moeder (Volunteer Resource Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego/Imperial Chapter) and Jared McCannell (Volunteer Administrators Network, Marketing & Outreach Chair)

  • February

How to Make Them See the Light – Creating a culture of volunteer engagement throughout your agency
Working with staff who supervise volunteers can sometimes be a challenging task. Does it seem like you are always fighting a losing battle when it comes to working with staff who supervise volunteers in your organization? Are you struggling to help them understand the value of volunteers? Join us for a round table discussion on effective ways to energize and educate staff who work with volunteers. Help them see the light on how volunteers can further the goals of their programs and their work load.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 15, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Jewish Family Service 8804 Balboa Avenue, San Diego 92123. Please park across the street at 94th Aero Squadron (8885 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123). Cross the street very carefully. Enter through the main lobby.
Facilitated by: Melinda Wilkes (Volunteer Services Manager, Jewish Family Service of San Diego)

To RSVP for either Roundtable, please email

Upcoming Roundtable Discussion: “What will you do without Volunteer San Diego?”

Join us to learn how to fill in the holes left by the closing of Volunteer San Diego. Representatives from and 2-1-1 San Diego will explain how they can help you. You will receive a handout with websites of more organizations that can help you recruit volunteers or offer excellent volunteer management resources. Enjoy the networking and knowledge offered by the Volunteer Administrators Network at this monthly roundtable.

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 14, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Girl Scouts San Diego HQ – 1231 Upas Street St., San Diego, 92103
Facilitated by: Sue Irey, Volunteer Coordinator, City of Carlsbad
RSVP to: or add your info in a comment

Dee Warford-Kutch Volunteer Administrator’s Award Winner Announced

Congratulations to all three of the amazing nominees for the Dee Warford-Kutch Volunteer Administrator’s Award:

Chrissy Green Califf

Cheli Mohamed of San Diego Pride, Beverly Codallos of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, and Chrissy Green Califf of Words Alive. Special recognition goes to Chrissy as this year’s award winner.

This is just one excerpt from the nomination her co-worker submitted: One of the most common comments we hear from volunteers is how great it is to volunteer with our organization. This has so much to do with Chrissy’s affection for the people who make our work possible and her rock-solid professionalism. She is the first person volunteers interact with when contacting our organization, and who volunteers and staff alike turn to when a sensitive situation needs to be handled with care and grace. She has impeccable follow-up when it comes to planning and executing tasks, yet you know there will always be a warm-hearted human being on the other end of the phone. Most admirably, she operates with a kind of sincerity that most of us attempt, but do not often attain. I have never known another person who more genuinely welcomes others to contribute to a creative process, or someone who is quicker to lend a hand when your plate is full. She is the epitome of a teammate, and our organization and the community we serve have benefited immensely from her efforts.

Notes of thanks: to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care for sponsoring the award, to the Volunteer Administrators Network – Networking Committee for planning the recognition event on Nov. 2 (especially Sandy Lawrensen, Committee Chair), and to all of the Leadership Council members who donated food for the event.

Upcoming Roundtable Discussion: “Now What?”

Join us next Thursday as we continue the discussion shaping the direction of our network. We’ll discuss programs to focus on, holes in resources now that Volunteer San Diego has closed its doors, resources we should all know about (especially avenues and methods for volunteer recruitment), ways to get more involved with the network, and what next steps are needed.

Date & Time: November 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Humane Society – 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, 92110
Facilitated by: Sarah Adams & Jared McCannell, Volunteer Administrators Network Council members
RSVP to: or add your info in a comment

Upcoming Events

October 20, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion on Building Cross-Sector Partnerships

Join Wanda Bailey as she discusses her experiences in the Cities of Service program in Chula Vista, cultivating service in the community through building partnerships between nonprofit, governmental and corporate organizations.

Facilitated by: Wanda Bailey, Chief Service Officer, City of Chula Vista
Location: South Bay Pioneers – 270 C Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

November 2, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Volunteer Managers Networking & Celebration of International Volunteer Managers Day

Don’t miss this celebration of our profession! Meet and recognize fellow supervisors of volunteers, and honor those nominated for the Dee Warford-Kutch Volunteer Administrator’s Award. All who work with volunteers are welcome. We will also have an opportunity to discuss the future of the Volunteer Administrators Network–we want your input!

Location: Wine Steals at Liberty Station – 2970 Truxtun Rd., San Diego, CA 92106