Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This document addresses common questions, asked mostly by new members.
A: We only have a limited number of volunteer events per year because suitable events are somewhat difficult to come by. We mostly depend upon our members to find events for our group, and these events also need to meet certain criteria in order to be well suited for SVA. Please refer to the page entitled "Ask for Volunteers" for the guidelines we use to determine what would constitute an appropriate event for SVA.
We have participated in many different types of events over the years, and have been able to use that experience to determine which ones our members tend to prefer, and similarly, which community service-oriented organizations will really appreciate our participation.
A: There are several things you can do to help SVA meet its goals.
1. Find suitable volunteer events in which SVA can participate. Take a leadership role to ensure that these events get off the ground. Please refer to the page entitled "Ask for Volunteers" for the guidelines we use to determine what would constitute an appropriate event for SVA.
2. Become an Event Leader. Every event requires at least one Event Leader. If you need help getting started, there is always someone available to help, or to be your mentor. As always, you can also contact the Volunteer Events Chairperson with any questions you may have. Sign up to be an Event Leader.
3. Join a committee. By becoming more intimately involved in the running of SVA, you will naturally be one of the first people to hear about the group's plans. This also allows you to anticipate when we'll be looking for an Event Leader, and for event participants.
A: If you are receiving the weekly newsletter, yes. One of the conditions of continued membership in SVA is that you be on our e-mailing list. This requires that you have a valid email address, and that it is receptive to messages sent out from our LISTSERV emailing system. If you are not currently receiving our newsletter, it may be that your email address has changed and you neglected to inform us, or you incorrectly typed in your email address when you originally filled out the membership form.
Another reason that you are not receiving the newsletters may be if you had registered with SVA using a workplace email address. In an attempt to filter out "spam", your company may be erroneously filtering out the newsletters we send through our LISTSERV. This is one of the reasons why we recommend that members use a personal email address instead of their workplace's email address.
A: Members will need reliable and independent transportation in order to get to the grand majority of our events. Find out if public transportation is available to the site where the event is taking place. We don't provide transportation to events.
A: First off, our membership rules state that to be a member of SVA, you must be single, i.e. you are not in a committed relationship.
Our events aren't intended for "couples" to attend.
A: SVA is intended to be a singles group.
Events are generally open to members only, and membership in SVA is limited to those people who are at least 21 years of age.
There are a few exceptions per year, which will be noted in the event desciptions.