To our VAN NW Community:
Recent events involving police violence have put a spotlight on institutional racism and injustice within our country. We believe that Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with the #blacklivesmatter movement to bring about real change for the Black community.
To our Black colleagues in the field, the VAN NW Steering Committee acknowledges that our work in dismantling White Supremacy and racism within the field of Volunteer Engagement has been lacking, and we are making this promise to our community, today, to do better.
Here are the actions we will be taking as a Committee in our fight against racism:
• We will seek out BIPOC workshop presenters and steering committee members
• We will amplify the voices of our Black colleagues in the field
• We will provide anti-racism resources for our White and non-Black colleagues of color in the field
• We will better vet future conference and workshop speakers to ensure no harm is done
• We will work to create a welcoming and inclusive space for all our BIPOC colleagues in the field at our Professional Gatherings and Annual Conference
The VAN Steering Committee is committed to working toward these actions. Your feedback and partnerships are an essential and meaningful part of this conversation. Please e-mail connect@vannw.org with any questions, suggestions, or feedback.
Thank you,
VAN NW Steering Committee


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VAN is a vibrant professional network that advocates for the profession and empowers volunteer managers.

The Volunteer Administrators Network provides opportunities for:

  • Professional Development
  • Networking
  • Leadership
  • Connections to Resources

VAN Leadership

VAN Northwest is led by the VAN Steering Committee, a dedicated group of volunteer managers just like you.  We volunteer our time because we believe that our profession and our colleagues need and deserve a network, a community, a place to connect.  Whether we are organizing a Professional Gathering, posting resources online or discussing the next Annual Conference, we do it because we know how important it is to dedicate time to our profession and our own development as leaders in the volunteer management field. Won’t you join us? Email Connect@vannw.org to learn more about how you can get involved – consider helping plan the VAN Conference or organizing a Professional Gathering!

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