Business and Nonprofit Relationships: Managing Through the Post-COVID-19 Restoration: 2021 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Presented by Amber Johnston, Director of Volunteer Services and Community Education, Upper Valley Haven; Stacey Chiocchio, Community Citizenship Manager, Hypertherm

Session Description:

As two essential businesses that remained open throughout the pandemic, we learned a great deal about what was important to our donors, employees, and the people we serve.  With this lens of improved best practices, we will be able to continue to partner and strengthen our volunteer engagement programs.

This will be an interactive session where we will share some of our best practices but also help to reignite and re-engage your volunteer programs. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions that will aid in improved success with their volunteer programs.

Session Goals:

By the end of this session, participants will have learned how to:

  • understand best practices around safely engaging volunteers during the transition to re-opening and in-person volunteering
  • creatively reignite and re-engage their volunteer programs and corporate/nonprofit partner relationships



Amber returned to VT in 2013 after working for 5 years with displaced peoples in East Africa and the Middle East. With a background in mental health programming, she has overseen programs in the US, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Egypt.

As Hypertherm’s Community Citizenship Manager Stacey manages the global Community Service Time volunteer program, supports the HOPE Foundation, and collaborates with area businesses on community issues. She coordinates Hypertherm’s SHAPE program engaging students in STEM education, is the Upper Valley Haven Board President, and serves on various nonprofit subcommittees.