ENLA at the 2012 Annual VOAD Conference

Welcome to Norfolk

The Virginia VOAD ready to welcome AVC participants

Hello ENLA members, partners, and friends,

The 2012 Annual VOAD Conference is under way! Things got off to a running start on Monday, with committee meetings and the first annual VOAD Leadership Orientation training session.  The training session got great reviews, and the State Advisory Council is pleased with all the work we put into it.  I’ll be posting information about the different tools and information developed to help new VOAD leaders get up to speed and help their VOADs grow and thrive; I presented a draft of the Emergency Response Protocols that the SAC will continue to edit until it’s ready for prime time. I’m looking forward to meeting more of the Region IX VOADs that I represent during my time at the AVC.

Today the State/Territory meeting was held; representatives from NorCal VOAD represented our state, and I was in attendance in my capacity as a SAC member, taking meeting minutes.  The group re-elected Mike Manning (IN) as state representative to the board, and three committee members were chosen from among the state VOAD representatives nominated: Nicholas Auck, LA VOAD (Donations Management); Kit O’Neill, ND VOAD (Emotional & Spiritual Care); and Jay Burdick, RI VOAD (Housing).

The group heard presentations from the Ad Council regarding a cash donation toolkit (helping organizations understand how to discourage materials donations in favor of cash donations immediately after disaster and beyond), a FEMA contractor working on an implementation plan for the NIMS credentialing standards, and from the new Executive Director Daniel Stoecker.

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to a workshop on Community Recovery; I hope to gain some new learning to relate to our LACCDR project.  In the afternoon, I’ll be attending “Trends in Private Sector Engagement and the Evolution of Business Operations Centers”; as potential participants at the new City of Los Angeles BOC, this workshop sounds like it might provide us some additional perspective in the development and implementation of the BOC model.  Just as a note, ENLA has participated as a BOC Task Force member; if you are interested in attending those meetings on behalf of ENLA, please let myself or Brandy know.

Finally, NorCal and SoCal VOAD members, including myself, will be meeting with NYDIS’ Peter Gudaitis.  Those of you who attended the DPH Interfaith Summit will remember Peter as the engaging keynote speaker; he’s here working with several of the new NVOAD national partners: Islamic Relief USA, ICNA, and United Sikhs.  They all have a presence in California, and Peter is offering us an opportunity to meet with these groups to create relationships and welcome them into our local and state VOADs.

More tomorrow.  Is there anything you want to get out of the AVC this year?  Let me know!


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