Upcoming Meetings & Workshops

    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • UMSL, 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121 - Social Sciences & Business Building - Room #410

    Class description:

    Do you frequently have groups contacting your organization for volunteer projects? Maybe you have a big project or special event that requires a group of volunteers? Or you would like to engage a group of skills-based volunteers at your organization? This interactive class will guide you through the important steps of planning and organizing a volunteer group to ensure that everyone has a meaningful volunteer experience. It will highlight best practices in developing a group volunteer project, working with a group volunteer leader as well as coordinating a project’s day of logistics.


    Alexandra Brownfield applies her volunteer management expertise, industry experience, and steadfast energy to advise organizations on building effective volunteer programs. A graduate of Saint Louis University's School of Social Work, Alexandra began her volunteer management career at United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Volunteer Center. In St. Louis, she led the region’s effort to develop STLVolunteer, a bi-state volunteer management platform that connects volunteers to meaningful opportunities at community organizations. 

    From her experience in St. Louis, Alexandra went on to become the founding Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer East Tennessee headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. At Volunteer East Tennessee, she had the amazing opportunity to lead the region’s first Volunteer Center, which equipped hundreds of organizations with the tools needed to successfully engage volunteers. She also cultivated impactful community partnerships and connected thousands of volunteers to drive community change throughout East Tennessee.

    Today, Alexandra is a consultant for national nonprofits and corporations, where she specializes in strategic volunteer engagement, volunteer management technology and disaster recovery. She currently resides in the greater Atlanta region where she enjoys volunteering as well as spending time with her husband and three children.


    $45 for MVMA members with promotion code , $60 for non-members

    Promotion code for MVMA members can be found in the "Member's Only" page of the MVMA website.  MVMA members will need to log in to the MVMA webiste to view the "Member's Only" page. 


    Please click on this "Register" link below to register and pay for this workshop. This link will take you to the UMSL website to register and purchase the workshop. 



    Parking information will be provided by UMSL once you have registered and paid for your course.   A temporary parking permit will be provided. 

    Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management:

    This class qualifies for four hours toward the noncredit Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management.  This certificate is a partnership between the UMSL NPML program, and the Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA)In order to obtain this noncredit chancellor's certificate, individuals must enroll, and complete , 16 or more hours of training in classes and/or events that are produced as part of the collaboration between MVMA and the NPML program. 


    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Duo (Support Dogs) 10955 Linpage Place St. Louis, MO 63132
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     Join MVMA for a creative exploration of preventing burnout for volunteers (and the staff who work with them)! Following a brief networking breakfast, attendees will have the option to participate in stations designed to help them gather ideas to re-energize their volunteers, staff, and selves. Interactive stations will include:

    Creation Station – make a “mental break” kit, with ideas for quick activities that can help refresh your mind and re-center you in times of stress

    Duo Support Dogs – explore the ways in which pet therapy can help reduce stress for your volunteers, staff, and clients (this station will be in a separate room in consideration of allergies/dog phobias)

    Anti-burnout Brainstorming – brainstorm ideas for preventing volunteer/staff burnout with colleagues and an experienced Employee Assistance Program professional

    Chair Massages – meet experienced, affordable local massage therapists who can be booked for your next volunteer/staff appreciation event (and get a free chair massage!)

    Solution Station – confidentially share your most difficult burnout challenges with MVMA Board members and explore possible solutions together

    Complimentary parking is available in the large parking lot next to the building.

    Breakfast will be provided.   To ensure we have enough food and beverage, please register for this meeting by Sunday, April 14.


    • 17 May 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Richmond Terrace (Lutheran Senior Services) 1633 Laclede Station Rd St. Louis, MO 63117
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    A Young Friends program or Junior Board can help your organization to build its volunteer corps, donor base, and connections to the community, while offering leadership opportunities to service-minded young adults. Join MVMA for a networking lunch and presentation from Launch St. Louis, a collaboration of St. Louis’ young professionals working to fuel a stronger St. Louis charitable community by helping local nonprofits build young friends groups, or junior board groups. Come explore a local source of the knowledge, resources and energy needed to create “young friends” groups!

    Speaker - Paul VandenElzen, Board Member of Launch St. Louis

    Paul is a Lead Research Analyst and Project Manager at Avant Marketing Group. In addition to his work with Launch St. Louis, Paul is an avid volunteer and Board member with the Young Friends of the APA. When he is not conducting market research he can be found backpacking, kayaking and camping through-out the Midwest.

    Complimentary parking is available in the parking lot next to the building. Overflow parking on the street if needed. 

    Lunch will be provided.  To ensure we have enough food and beverage, please register for this meeting by Wednesday, May 15.

Past Events

21 Feb 2019 Building a Volunteer Base in a New Community
18 Jan 2019 Morning Mingle

MVMA Morning Mingle - Speed Networking - January 18, 2019

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