Your Press Kit
This page is all about having correct and up-to-date information on the Association of Volunteer Professionals. We offer logos, press releases, brochures, and forms to help you reachout to the volunteer community and share this fabulous resource. We will also be adding a database of Permian Basin Media Outlets. Use this information to help your organization/agency promote your programs to the area newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and local newsrooms.
After a volunteer workshop, held with Sue Vinyard and sponsored
through the Hext Family Foundation in October of 2000, several volunteer program managers began meeting to establish an organization to promote and support volunteer programs and managers throughout the Permian Basin. The founding members were Beverly Brock, Arminae Forest, Toni Lindley, Becky Menefield, and Ludi Navarro.
Area volunteer coordinators were invited to attend an organizational meeting in March of 2001 to conduct a survey for defining the organization’s structure. With guidance of The Network of Directors of Volunteers in Texas (NDVT), By-Laws were established for the new organization to be named the Permian Basin Association of Volunteer Administrators (PBAVA). The first meeting was held in April of 2001 with the first slate of officers presented and approved. A post office box was established in May of 2001, donated by Beverly Brock, and a bank account was opened.
In February 2002, a board retreat led by Cathy Herzog resulted in the development of a vision and mission statement as follows:
“Empowering volunteer management excellence through professional networking.”
Volunteer Managers promoting professional development, encouraging volunteerism,
and advancing the creative use of resources in the Permian Basin.
A committee, headed by Cookie Wetendorf, was formed after the board retreat to revise By-Laws which were approved in April 2002 to reflect the needs of the organization. For nomination purposes and since 2001 was an incomplete inaugural year, the board agreed to set 2002 as its first official year of operation.
In light of the dissolution of the national organization of Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) in 2006, PBAVA determined the need of a name change. Membership voted to change the name to the Association of Volunteer Professionals (AVP).
AVP filed for tax-exempt status in 2009. In 2011 the current board revised and updated job descriptions and the AVP logo. A new website was designed and launched in September as AVP joined the digital age.
This grass-roots organization has continued without interruption since its original establishment—functioning with the same vision and mission. This association effectively evolves as the needs of the membership are identified. By offering valuable workshops, information, and networking among volunteer program administrators and volunteers AVP provides a professional platform to encourage volunteerism.
Click the link above to be directed to the Membership Directory of the West Texas Press Assocaition. This is a comprehensive listing of available Media outlets in teh Permian Basin and surrounding counties.