Just as an organization is stronger than any one individual, the collective experience of many organizations with common interests is also more powerful than that of a single individual or a single organization. The problems which volunteer service organizations seek to overcome are larger than any one of those organizations, and meaningful discussions on such subjects with other organizations on a cooperative basis towards the advancement of their ability to meet those needs and solve those problems are extremely important.
CVSA membership is available to nongovernment organizations, that involve volunteers in their work of materially aiding people and communities in need, as well as to organizations that support or place volunteers with such efforts. Membership is also available to individuals with personal or professional involvement or interest in the voluntary service and action field.
CVSA Membership BENEFITS:
1. Free catalogue listing describing your organization in INVEST YOURSELF: A Guide to Action, the catalogue of volunteer opportunities includes a descriptive listing of your organization and the full and part-time volunteer roles available, with photos. Published every two years, INVEST YOURSELF is distributed to colleges, churches and other places of worship, libraries, schools, professional associations, community centers and individuals across the country and the world. You may also choose to post your organization’s volunteer opportunities on CVSA’s website with contact information and link to your site.
2. A complimentary copy of each biennial edition of INVEST YOURSELF, with membership discounts on bulk orders to distribute in your own community and through your networks and outreach.
3. The CVSA quarterly membership newsletter, ITEMS: Members are encouraged to contribute articles to the ITEMS about information, news, achievements, experiences of success or failure that offer valuable lessons to be shared with other members. Items also features information and analysis on national and international developments affecting your community and organization as well as news from other member organizations.
4. Consultations by CVSA staff with your organization through a site-visit or in a group work session with other CVSA member organizations seeking to address similar issues such as how to build operating systems for sustainability and best practices with volunteers.
5. Training in methodology, tactics and strategies of organizing to reach specific organizational goals. For example, how to recruit and incorporate more volunteers, build support systems for full-time volunteers, build a stronger base of support and participation from the community, stay independent of funding with counterproductive restrictions and other areas of organizational concern. CVSA draws from the collective experience of many organizations as well as its own 70-year history of organizing.
6. Information Exchange and Resource Referrals related to volunteer service or grassroots organizing as well as issues that arise from your work in the community. Members can call CVSA to speak directly with staff on questions they have or to connect with other member organizations to share expertise relating to the member’s concerns.
7. CVSA Speakers Bureau: Members can participate in CVSA’s nation-wide speakers bureau made up of leaders available to speak on one or more of the many issues that CVSA member organizations address, about volunteer service as a vocation and about the growth of the independent volunteer service and action movement.
8. Representation in the United Nations through CVSA’s NGO Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): CVSA promotes the important work being done by member organizations that relate to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, submits proposals and reports to ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies and organizes events at the UN in order to advance the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world, build allies and foster international solidarity among the people and nations of the world.
9. Annual CVSA Membership meeting: Members are invited to attend the annual CVSA membership meeting held on or around December 5th to coincide with the annual International Volunteer Day (IVD). The agenda for the meeting, speakers, workshops and other activities are determined by October each year, based on suggestions from member organizations and needs that have been expressed in the course of the year.
How Members PARTICIPATE:
Participation by CVSA members and member organizations is voluntary and varies with their time and resources. There are many ways to contribute to the effort. We use a mutual assistance approach to organization. CVSA’s full-time and part-time volunteer staff coordinate the work of administrating CVSA’s benefits program and will talk with you about how you can advance the movement for service and action.
1. Promote and distribute the INVEST YOURSELF catalogue through your networks and in your community.
2. Contribute voluntary annual dues of $45 per year; Dues help support the work of CVSA including the production of our newsletter Items and the Invest Yourself Catalogue as well as phone
communications and mailings of these publications to members. Dues are voluntary – no individual or organization is denied membership if they are unable to contribute dues. Those who have
greater resources are encouraged to give more.
3. Share experience, knowledge and expertise that will be helpful to other organizations pursuing similar goals through submissions to the quarterly newsletter Items or in specially organized CVSA membership forums and workshops.
4. You and members of your staff are encouraged to volunteer your time on CVSA committees, campaigns and projects, including helping to produce the INVEST YOURSELF catalogue and Items, mailouts to members and our Speakers Bureau and more.
5. Members can sponsor display ads in our publications with your personal or organizational messages. Member contributions fuel benefits for all participants. Members can also help generate additional support from individuals and organizations they know in academic, professional, faith and business communities who will sponsor displays in CVSA publications.
How to Join:
Call us to discuss your particular interests and needs, and we will send you an enrollment form. (718) 482-8724
People helping people is not just a slogan — it is a way of life.
Thank you for being part of this important movement.
Call to Action
Communities across the nation, and peoples and nations throughout the world, are demanding change and real solutions to the problems of poverty, health care, education, employment, literacy,
housing, the destruction of the environment and more. Join CVSA. Together we can meet this challenge and provide leadership to change these conditions through the mobilization of
volunteers with our organizations that are dedicated to those goals.
Join us! Call to learn more (718)482-8724.