Upcoming events

    • July 08, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • July 10, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual

    Volunteer Program Re-boot:

    Building a Solid Plan for Action

    Learn the essential skills and frameworks needed to expand and deepen volunteer impact using today’s tools and strategies. If your organization is under pressure to build its volunteer capacity post-COVID-19, it’s time to get a concrete plan in place so you can hit the ground running when you return to full operations.

    In this multi-week immersion, you will learn a clear, step-by-step process to assess your current and future needs and set a course for purposeful growth that is realistic and achievable in the current environment.

    How do you build a team of ideal volunteers that support your agency’s evolving needs? How do you re-establish connections with past volunteers, even in times of uncertainty? How do you attract new volunteers with online tools?

    How do you onboard volunteers right now so you dare ready to hit the ground running when you re-open full operations? We’ll answer these questions and more.

    In addition to learning step-by-step frameworks through live online instruction, you will translate learning into action through peer-to-peer discussion and sharing in an exclusive online forum set up for the course. You’ll leave with solid next steps, ready to launch a volunteer strategy that gets results.

    Come learn from a master trainer with deep experience and a fresh, modern set of strategies for today’s leaders of volunteers.

    Volunteers are vital assets to your organization’s sustainability, and now is the time to plan your volunteer program’s re-boot and recovery.

    Sessions will be facilitated on Zoom by Tobi Johnson, MA, CVA of VolPro and interactive online community will take place on Facebook.

    • July 13, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom

    The Coordinating Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning at the University of South Carolina is responsible for coordinating community engagement efforts between the university and the community. There are a number of extraordinary potential partner organizations out there. There are also a lot of questions. How do you know which partner organization is right for your institution? Okay, we’re partners now what? Is this partnership mutually beneficial? Are the volunteers and partner organizations getting what they feel is deserved from this engagement experience? This session will help attendees strategically approach partnerships and clearly outline the objectives and outcomes of community engagement activities.

    Session attendees will leave with increased knowledge on how to evaluate existing partnerships and initiate new productive partnerships. Attendees will also become more knowledgeable on the evaluation process of engagement activities.

    Target Audience for your session: Volunteer Managers, Service Learning Professionals, Community Engagement Professionals, Organizations looking to Partner



    • July 14, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom

    Youth, communities, and democracy thrive when we all work together for the common good. Even though youth participation rates are at or near record-high levels, we’re still leaving 3 of every 4 young people out of actively working together for the common good. Participation rates are even lower among youth from underserved low-income and minority communities. Youth Service America’s work is focused on increasing youth participation rates in volunteering and service, voting and civic engagement, and joining and leadership to 50% by USA250 on July 4, 2026, on the way to 100% a decade later so that no one is left behind.

    Create your own youth service conference by choosing from the following on-demand sessions and then join YSA staff for a live Q&A consultation session on July 14th at 2:00PM

    Register at: 


    Topic 1: Semester of Servicewww.YSA.org/semester

    The free Semester of Service online course will enable educators and youth development staff to guide students in project development from creation to completion using the IPARD/C service-learning process, engaging them in a semester-long activity that is directly linked to 21st Century Skills, using the tools and resources available in the Semester of Service Teacher Toolkit.

    Online Training (50 minutes): https://ispri.ng/ND2k6

    Toolkit PDF Download: https://ispri.ng/L1yg5

    Editable Word Document Download: https://ispri.ng/721JD

    We also recommend watching one of the accompanying courses for our Youth Changing the World Toolkit (ages 13-25) or Kids in Action Toolkit (ages 5-12), depending on the age of youth you work with. Think of the Semester of Service Toolkit and training as the teacher’s edition and these resources as the youth/student edition.

    Youth Changing the World

    This video course will explore the Youth Changing the World Toolkit and prepare you to take a service projects from ideas to action through the various stages of project development (investigation, preparation, planning, and action, and reflection and celebration).

    Online Training (12 minutes): https://ispri.ng/Ml1R0
    Toolkit PDF Download: https://ispri.ng/xnZVY

    Kids in Action

    This video training walks through the Kids in Action Guide and is created by kids, for kids to help elementary-age children image and plan a service project.

    Online Training (10 minutes): https://ispri.ng/YN91l

    Toolkit PDF Download: https://ispri.ng/n9WLq

    Topic 2: Engaging Elected Officials – www.YSA.org/vote

    Youth Power in 2020 Elections: How to Make Your Voice Heard (1 hour)

    Voting is important but isn’t the only way to make your voice heard during elections. Your elected representatives still work for you, even if you can’t vote for them. Get ideas for how you can register, educate, and get out the vote; advocate for progress on the issues you care about; and increase youth voice and leadership in public decision-making between now and Election Day as part of YSA’s ServiceVote 2020 campaign.


    Visit YSA’s website for resources and learn how to:

    Topic 3: Youth Service During Coronavirus Response & Recovery – www.YSA.org/covid

    Volunteering and service are more important during a crisis than ever. Let’s all do our part to contribute to the common good, so that when this crisis is over, we’re proud of how we came together to help our communities respond, recover, and thrive. YSA has updated our COVID-19 Ideas page, now with 20 ways youth can help. Each idea now includes:

    • news articles to investigate the issue
    • resources to help prepare & plan
    • ideas and tools to take action
    • stories of youth to inspire

    Recognizing that most of the needs caused by the pandemic are really the result of existing problems being made worse by the public health and economic crisis, we've included ideas and resources for both short-term immediate needs and long-term pre-existing issues. www.YSA.org/Covid


    We recommend watching one or more of the following sessions:

    How Youth Can Respond to the Coronavirus Crisis – presented for the International Association of Volunteer Effort (1 hour)
    Young people play a vital role in the global volunteer community. In midst of the coronavirus pandemic, youth volunteers are looking at innovative ways to assist their communities, particularly to those most at risk. Steve Culbertson, President & CEO of Youth Service America (USA), offers his insight on mobilizing youth volunteers in response to the crisis.

    Virtual Service Activities and Projects for Student - presented for the National Association of Secondary School Principals NHS, NJHS, NEHS, and National Student Council Programs (1 hour)
    Even while social distancing, we know service—inspired by care and concern for your community—can happen. Join us for a group discussion on virtual service activities and opportunities to share ideas; promising practices; and how to support, encourage, and capture these activities. This session features both YSA staff as well as student council and NHS advisors.

    Virtual 9/11 Day of Service K-12 and Higher Education Working Group Session - co-hosted by Youth Service America, My Good Deed, and the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at George Washington University (52 minutes)
    The current international health crisis requires a complete shift in the way we think about how we can best serve in and with our communities. What does this mean for large-scale service projects in general and especially in commemoration of 9/11? How can we shift from coordinated, on-the-ground service in groups to virtual service as collective individuals?  This brainstorming session explores answers to these questions and solutions that may enable us to create robust service in honor of 9/11. Young people are responding now in much the same way that they responded after that horrible event nearly 20 years ago: joining together across boundaries to address immediate needs and support the first responders at the front lines. How might we harness this drive to do something, link to the mission of 9/11 Day and create opportunities for youth to serve this September?”
    (The entire thing is worth watching, but YSA’s section starts at 30 minutes if you want to watch a shorter section.)

    REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xYsKkNbkTmqK9PeKLjAI0A

    • July 15, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Via Zoom

    Navigating partnerships, faculty staff, students, administrators and community leaders can be difficult at times. This workshop is designed to alleviate some of the stress involved as it will provide attendees an opportunity to take an in-depth look at the Benedict College Service-Learning Program from the perspectives of the Program Manager, Ms. Katrina Pitts and Faculty Member, Dr. Tami Ashford-Carroll. This tag-team will discuss the art of service-learning and how they have successfully navigated in this field for years. This informative session will discuss the pivot experienced as a result of COVID-19 and the continued project development for the upcoming semester that meets both student learning outcomes and community needs. Workshop attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share tips they have found useful as well.



    • July 16, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Via Zoom

    Multiplying Good, the parent organization of the well-known Jefferson Awards, offers a service-learning and leadership development program for teens across the state called Students In Action (SIA). Through SIA young people conduct a community needs assessment and investigate the root causes of the issues they care about. But they can’t do this alone! Community-based organizations are critical partners in this work as Multiplying Good seeks to connect SC nonprofits, colleges and universities, faith groups, volunteer managers, and skilled + general volunteers with the youth participants in SIA. This session will help attendees understand the landscape of service-learning within the middle and high school population statewide and clearly outline the ways that potential partners can add real value to a teen’s leadership development journey.

    Session attendees will leave with increased knowledge of the service-learning landscape in middle and high schools across the state. Attendees will also become more knowledgeable about how community-based organizations and volunteers can partner with teens to meet mutual goals and better serve communities in need across the state.



    • July 17, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Via Zoom

    Youth are not our future; they are our present! How do we engage youth in meaningful service in their communities? In this session, we will explore how to create important service opportunities for youth, how to engage youth in ways that matter to them, and how to overcome challenges facing the youth development sector. Learn how Youth Volunteer Corps has translated their 30 years of youth service to virtual platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Attendees will explore elements of meaningful service including youth leadership, social activities, identifying community needs, and more. Attendees will leave with case studies of how Youth Volunteer Corps engages youth in virtual volunteering.

    Target Audience for your session: Anyone who works with youth or works with organizations that work with youth.

    Youth Volunteer Corps creates volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. Founded in 1987, YVC engages youth ages 11-18 in meaningful service-learning activities across the US and Canada.



    • July 29, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • online

    SCAVA 2020 Annual Meeting 


    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    10:30-11:30 a.m.

    • September 08, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Gibbs Cancer Center, Community Room

    • September 30, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • South Carolina State Museum - 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

    Annual South Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Awards 2020

    The South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA) and the Governor’s Office are pleased to announce the 2020 Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, which will be held on September 30, 2020 from 10:30am-1:00pm.  

    Everyone who volunteers in South Carolina is a hero and deserving of recognition.  For many of our dedicated volunteers, the simple act of being nominated for such a significant award is an honor in itself.  Please take the time today to make the difference in the life of a volunteer.  All nominees will receive a recognition letter on behalf of SCAVA and the Governor’s office.

    Ten awards are awarded in the following categories:

    ·        Community Leader Volunteer

    ·        Direct Service Volunteer

    ·        Volunteer Group

    ·        Youth Individual Volunteer

    ·        Volunteer Family

    ·        Workplace Agency / Association

    ·        Legacy Volunteer

    ·        Volunteer Administrator of the year

    ·        AmeriCorps Member of the year is selected by the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service and will be recognized at the Luncheon

    ·        COVID-19 Outstanding Leadership Volunteer is selected by the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service and will be recognized at the Luncheon

    Awards will be presented by SCAVA at the SC State Museum, located at 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201.   An Awards Luncheon will follow.  Award recipients and nominators will be informed 3 weeks before the awards ceremony. 

    Completed nomination forms must be submitted electronically to scavaawards@gmail.com, and received no later than Midnight, August 15, 2020. 

    Annual South Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Awards

    Please read and follow the eligibility criteria and nomination instructions carefully.  Incomplete or incorrectly completed forms will not be accepted. Please insure nomination form is complete so the nomination process is not delayed. This ensures fair treatment of all nominees and enables the selection committee to make a timely and fully-informed decision. 

    Eligibility Criteria:

    ·         Only South Carolina residents performing volunteer services or activities in South Carolina are eligible.

    ·         Previous winners are not eligible for the same award two years consecutively.

    ·         Nominees must have been active within the past twelve months in the category of service for which they are nominated. 

    ·         Nominees for the Legacy Volunteer must have served a minimum of fifteen years of continual service with one agency, with no more than a one-year absence from volunteering during that period.

    ·         All nominees must have served without financial gain, except for nominees in the category of Workplace Agency.

    ·         The Selection Committee reserves the right to change a nominee’s category; you will be informed of any changes.

    ·         Self-nominations are accepted.

    Nomination Instructions:

    ·         There is no limit to the number of individuals you nominate for each category; however, an individual may be nominated in only one category.

    ·         Applications must be typed using only the electronic nomination form.

    ·         The nomination may include only two (8 ½ x 11) pages of pertinent supplementary material such as news articles, brochures, or letters of recommendation. This must be in an electronic format and attached to the nomination e-mail.

    ·         Nominations become the property of SCAVA and will not be returned.

    ·         You will receive confirmation within a week of receiving your nomination.

    Completed nomination forms must be submitted electronically and received no later than Midnight, August 15, 2020 to scavaawards@gmail.com.

    The Selection Process:

    Professional volunteer administrators representing various areas of volunteerism from across our state will take part in the selection process.  If a selection committee member works at the agency at which a nominee serves, he / she will be excluded from voting in that category.

    Questions?  Contact Janice Lovinggood at 864-364-5703 or via e-mail jlovinggood@oconeesc.com .

    Annual South Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Awards


    Community Leader Volunteer
    An individual who has provided broad and exceptional leadership to causes, programs and / or projects that address human needs.

    Direct Service Volunteer
    An individual who has excelled in providing direct one-on-one service to an individual, organization, or the community, demonstrating and performing with commitment and initiative.

    Volunteer Group
    A group that has been instrumental in designing or sponsoring a program or project to benefit an individual, organization, or the community, demonstrating and performing with commitment and initiative.

    Youth Individual Volunteer
    An individual, age 19 or younger, whom has excelled in service to an individual, organization, or the community, demonstrating and performing with commitment and initiative. The voluntary nature of the service is a critical factor.

    Volunteer Family
    A family who has provided broad and exceptional leadership to causes, programs and / or projects that address human needs.

    Workplace Agency / Association
    A corporation, business or trade association that has demonstrated commitment to the community by supporting volunteer activities.

    Legacy Volunteer
    An individual who has been involved as a volunteer with fifteen (15) years or longer of continual voluntary service and has excelled in service to an individual, organization or the community, demonstrating and performing with commitment and initiative.

       Volunteer Administrator of the Year

    An individual who is involved in volunteer administration and demonstrates exemplary service to their community, the profession of volunteer administration, and their agency or organization.

    Annual South Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Awards 

    2020 Nomination Form

    Answer all questions in the spaces provided, following the eligibility requirements.


    Being nominated for (place an x beside one):

    __ Community Leader Volunteer

    __ Direct Service Volunteer

    __ Volunteer Group

    __ Youth Individual Volunteer

    __ Volunteer Family

    __ Workplace Agency / Association

    __ Legacy Volunteer

    __ Volunteer Administrator




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    If your nominee is the award recipient, would you or someone from your organization like two to three minutes to provide a brief summary of your nomination before he / she is presented with the award certificate?

    Answer all questions in the spaces provided, following the eligibility requirements.

    Nominating Statement

    1.      What was accomplished? (Program name, brief description of activities and their importance and impact)

    2.      Who has benefited from the program or activity? (i.e. State, community, organization or individual)

    3.      When did this service take place? (dates and length of service)

    4.      Where did this service take place? (i.e. community, workplace, agency, or individual’s home)

    5.      Why or how is this person/group outstanding? (i.e. resourcefulness, adverse conditions, initiative, originality, leadership)

    • November 10, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Gibbs Cancer Center, Community Room

Past events

May 26, 2020 Legal Issues Every Manager of Volunteer Resources Should Have On Their Radar- Viral Edition (Webinar)
May 13, 2020 SCAVA Board Meeting
May 11, 2020 Empowering Inclusion! - Webinar
April 28, 2020 Propel Your Rural Organization from Surviving to Thriving - Webinar
April 10, 2020 REIMAGINE SCAVA - Board Structure
April 01, 2020 POSTPONED SC Conference on Volunteerism & Service - Registration
March 24, 2020 CANCELLED TRI-SCAVA Workshop-Volunteer Leadership
March 12, 2020 MASCAVA Meeting Invite
February 11, 2020 USCAVA Planning meeting
January 28, 2020 TRI-SCAVA 2020 Planning Meeting
January 08, 2020 Annual SCAVA Board Leadership Retreat
November 19, 2019 TRI-SCAVA Annual Luncheon
October 23, 2019 Global Pro Bono Week
October 23, 2019 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference
October 12, 2019 Rural Leaders Summit
September 24, 2019 Making Great Public Presentations-for staff and volunteers
August 08, 2019 Join us for a Networking Happy Hour for SCAVA members August 8th
July 25, 2019 SoLo SCAVA July 25 Meeting
July 11, 2019 USCAVA site visit Appalachian Council of Governments
July 09, 2019 MASCAVA July Meeting
June 13, 2019 USCAVA June Meeting: Grants Writing Workshop
May 28, 2019 Including and Accommodating Volunteers with Disabilities
May 10, 2019 2019 SCAVA Annual Meeting
May 09, 2019 USCAVA Site Visit at the Salvation Army KROC Center
April 25, 2019 APRIL Southern Lowcountry SCAVA Meeting
April 11, 2019 April USCAVA Meeting
March 26, 2019 TRI-SCAVA March Meeting-Need College Student Volunteers?
March 14, 2019 USCAVA March Site Tour
March 12, 2019 MASCAVA Meeting March 2019
February 21, 2019 LASCAVA Meeting - Feb 2019
February 21, 2019 SoLo-SCAVA Program Meeting
February 15, 2019 USCAVA 2019 Planning Meeting
January 22, 2019 TRI-SCAVA Planning Meeting
January 17, 2019 January 2019 LASCAVA Meeting
October 25, 2018 2018 SCAVA Conference
October 18, 2018 SOLOSCAVA October Meeting
September 25, 2018 TRISCAVA Fall Workshop
September 20, 2018 LASCAVA Fall Workshop

Contact Us:

(864) 625-1222


Mailing Address:

SCAVA c/o Together SC
P.O. Box 12903
Columbia, SC 29211

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