Got a Great Volunteer? Nominate Her for a GIVE Award!

The Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards

It’s time to nominate a volunteer from your community for a prestigious GIVE Award!  Every year, Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service), in cooperation with the Office of the Governor, honors the accomplishments of Mississippians who have given exemplary volunteer service to their communities.  On Monday, April 22, 2013, GIVE Award recipients will be recognized at an event held specially for them at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

You can nominate any volunteer that has given outstanding service to a deserving cause in the community.  Some special categories for nominating individual and/or group volunteers who are: college students, youth under the age of 18, Public Servants, National Service Members, person(s) with a disability, disaster volunteers, or those who have given a lifetime of service. Also consider small and large corporations/businesses and nonprofit organizations that have exceptional volunteer programs, as well as outstanding nonprofit volunteer management professionals.  Please read the nomination for other possible award recipient categories and criteria.

The nomination process is easier than ever!

  1. Open the 2013 GIVE Nomination form (PDF document)
  2. Complete the form
  3. Save a copy to your computer
  4. Submit your nomination by email to

Nominations may also be faxed to 601.432.6790, or mailed to Volunteer Mississippi, C/O GIVE Awards, 3825 Ridgewood Rd, Ste 601, Jackson, MS 39211.

The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2013.

2013: Year of the Volunteer?

Help make 2013 the Year of the Volunteer in Mississippi!

Mississippians’ hospitality is world-renowned, as is their humility. Volunteerism is an open secret in Mississippi: it’s everywhere, but few people talk about the small and large acts of kindness they offer to the world around them.

Volunteer Mississippi (formerly the MS Commission for Volunteer Service) invites you to join with the First Family, Vol Mississippi’s commissioners, staff, national service members and other Mississippians across the state in acts of service and charity throughout the year. Your actions have greater influence than you know, including inspiring others to rise in service to their communities.  Download the pledge, and add your pledge photos, videos or posts on Volunteer Mississippi’s Facebook wall.

Set a goal, take the pledge, and then share your experiences on Facebook.

MDAH Hosts CCVA Meeting in Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) recently hosted a committee meeting of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA).  The CCVA advances the profession and practice of volunteer resource management.

Volunteer Mississippi Executive Director David Mallery and DOVIA President Michele Baker welcomed the group upon their arrival. The group traveled from Oregon; Pennsylvania; California; Massachusetts; Texas; Ohio; Illinois; Virginia; other parts of Mississippi; and Nova Scotia, Canada; and serve as volunteer administrators in a variety of organizations.

CVA-Logo-smallCCVA sponsors the CVA (Certified in Volunteer Administration) credential, the only international professional certification in the field of volunteer resources management. If you are interested in becoming a CVA, please visit and register to begin the process.

2013 Intensive Trainings… take the survey!

Dear Friends of DOVIA:

The 2013 officers are busy planning the 2013 calendar of events.  Last year’s “Grant Writing Made Easy: Financing Your Vision” was a huge success; we’ve heard from you that you want more in-depth trainings in addition to the regular monthly meetings.

Here’s your chance to make your voice heard!  We’ve developed a short survey (just 7 questions) to address this very issue.  Please take 30 seconds now to complete it:  2013 In-Depth Training Survey (Survey Monkey)

The survey will be open until December 15.

Thanks for your participation!

Vote by 12/15/12 on the proposed amendments to the Standing Rules

Hopefully this afternoon you received an email asking you to vote by 12/15/12 on the proposed changes to the Standing Rules. Here’s the text of that email, in case you missed it:


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DOVIA members have the opportunity to vote on changes to the Standing Rules. The proposed changes are in *BOLD and ALL-CAPS* below:

The officers shall be elected from and by the Membership present at the December meeting *OR BY ELECTRONIC VOTE TO THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS MAY BE CONDUCTED ELECTRONICALLY WITH 14-DAYS’ NOTICE. OFFICERS* shall take office at the January meeting.

Read the full text of the Bylaws and the Standing Rules here.

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