DOVIA presents the Margaret Einspahr Youth Volunteer Award and Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Award


The Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) celebrate volunteerism on Thursday, July 17th from 5-6:30 with a reception to honor the Volunteer Coordinator of the Year and the Margaret Einspahr Youth Volunteer of the Year. The reception will be held at Wellspring Women’s Center, 3414 4th Avenue, Sacramento.

These awards began with the support and efforts of Margaret Einspahr.  She was one of the original founders of DOVIA and for many years served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.  She was instrumental in organizing the JC Penny’s Golden Rule Award Luncheon where these awards were originally presented.  Later, when Penny’s no longer sponsored these awards, they were presented annually at the Volunteer Center of Sacramento’s Spirit Awards Luncheon.  Today, DOVIA continues this tradition in a stand-alone ceremony.

To honor Margaret Einspahr’s legacy as a dedicated leader in the field of volunteer management, and as one of the initial founders of DOVIA, the board established the Margaret Einspahr Memorial Fund after her passing in 1996.  Through DOVIA this fund is used to recognize an outstanding youth in volunteer service to the community by presenting a $500 scholarship to the youth recipient.

The Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Award, presented to the outstanding volunteer manager, and the Margaret Einspahr Youth Volunteer of the Year Award are selected by a panel of 3 judges.  This year the judges are:  Dr. Bill Wittich, nonprofit/volunteerism expert and author; Tina Reynolds, Founder/Principal of Uptown Studios; and Tricia Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Resource Center.

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: