At the beginning of 2018, the AHA Committee on Volunteers (COV) transitioned to be under AHVRP. This move was a natural fit given the synergy with healthcare DVSs, volunteers and auxilians. The COV then became the Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) and set on a new course. We still continue to select the winners and finalists of the AHA HAVE Awards and took on some new tasks. We decided we also needed to create mission and vision statements, guidelines and procedures. Our mission and vision statements directly support the AHVRP mission and vision statements (see below).
We set out to create a mission statement first but had to put it on hold for a couple of months in order to choose the 2018 HAVE Award winners. Once this was done, we went back to work on the mission statement. While working on the mission statement, the vision statement became an easy task. Through the work of the VAC, both of these statements were completed and ready for voting on at the same time. We completed this task in time for the 50th Annual AHVRP Conference where we attended the conference in Chicago and where were responsible for the 2018 HAVE Award Breakfast and presentation of the awards.
At conference, we set forth committees to work on guidelines and procedures. We hope to collaborate with State Auxiliary/Volunteer Leaders (SALs) as we move forward. After conference, we continued to work on guidelines and procedures that will help us better serve and support our State Leaders.
One of the main things we were able to pull together this year was how could we meet monthly since VAC members were all over the country; we connected remotely via GoToMeeting and worked by phone, conference calls and computer. We were able to use this method of meeting and accomplished our goals for the year.
As our inaugural year ends for us and as 2018-2019 VAC Chair, I must say “Thank You” to each VAC member. It is only because of you that we were able to accomplish all we did this year. To leaders, Margie Beadles, CoxHealth, Springfield, MO and Lynn Smith, CHI St. Vincent-Hot Springs, Hot Springs, AR, thank you for your work and commitment to the COV and VAC.
Best Wishes and happy holidays!
Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) Mission
Striving to advance the mission of AHVRP by connecting the voices of auxilians, volunteers and health care volunteer resource professionals.
To educate and develop health care professionals to excel as global leaders in integrating volunteer resources into positive health care outcomes
Vision of the VAC
Advancing Health Care Together through:
- Volunteer recognition and best practice sharing through the HAVE awards process
- Advocating for healthy communities by educating with resources provided by the AHA and AHVRP
- Connecting hospital and state auxiliary organizations through SALS
AHVRP is the premier national healthcare resource advancing volunteer engagement to promote, build, and sustain healthy communities.
2018 Chair, Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC)
Broward Health Medical
Ft. Lauderdale, FL