DOVIA ward winners and nominees.

DOVIA Award Winners Announced
Directors of Volunteers in Agencies 2015 Awards


The Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) celebrated volunteerism on Thursday, March 12th with a reception to honor the Volunteer Coordinator of the Year and the Margaret Einspahr Youth Volunteer of the Year. The reception was held at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.

And the winners are:

Volunteer Coordinator of the Year: Susan Ramsden

Susan Ramsden organizes the volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to volunteer in the Habitat for Humanity Restore. These volunteers have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to Habitat for Humanity over the past several months and are a continuing partner. Susan organizes various groups to come to the Restore several days a week. Susan and her volunteers truly saved the day in the Habitat for Humanity Restore, which was having substantial trouble recruiting volunteers, specifically recurring volunteers to help. Sales (and revenue stream for building homes) was suffering as a result. Susan’s volunteers came in and have put in well over 3,000 hours volunteering in the Restore since November, 2014.

Youth Volunteer of the Year: Maggie Oys

Maggie Oys, age 17, started volunteering with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) Youth Committee about a year ago, where philanthropic-minded youth from different high schools throughout Sacramento collaborate to organize and recruit fellow students for service activities and projects. At the beginning or the 2014-2015 school year, Maggie decided she could have a bigger impact if she focused her efforts on the students at her school, St. Francis, And so, by collaborating with the Volunteer Services Manager al SFBFS and the Service Coordinator at St. Francis, the SFBFS Core Service Program was born, with a rotation of 40 students helping out regularly in the clothing program and monthly food distributions. Using her rapidly developing leadership skills, Maggie has helped to provide a consistent, dependable group of volunteers on a weekly basis throughout this school year. Maggie has made a philanthropic impact by inspiring and organizing youth to give back to their own community. By volunteering her leadership skills, Maggie is helping to instill the values of humanitarianism in her peers.

We congratulate these two outstanding people for their ongoing efforts and contributions to our community!

DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) of Sacramento provides a forum for exchange of information on relevant issues facing professional volunteer managers. Through collaborative efforts DOVIA is committed to promoting services and emphasizing professional growth and development of the volunteer administration profession. DOVIA Sacramento hosts monthly luncheons featuring relevant topics in the field and also semi-annual training seminars. For more information visit:

For more information about the awards contact: Cole Forstedt, Awards Chair, at or call (916) 856-3983.