United Way’s Loggans receives international Certification in Volunteer Administration

Debby Loggans joins the ranks of close to 1,500 professionals across 11 countries

Abingdon, VA (July 27, 2017) – Debby Loggans of Abingdon, VA has been awarded the certification, “Certified in Volunteer Administration,” by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

Debby Loggans, manager of the Volunteer Center for United Way of Southwest Virginia, was awarded the Certification in Volunteer Administration, which entitles certificants to use the designation “CVA”, and is the only certification in this field that is recognized internationally.

It is awarded upon passing a two-hour examination testing knowledge and application of skills related to volunteer resources management. Successful CVA candidates also pledge to work within the professional code of ethics.

Loggans said, “Working here at United Way, it makes me wonder about why I love doing what I do, and my thoughts always wander back to my mother. My mom was always thinking of others. Working on staff to lead volunteer engagement is a way for me to give back to the community, but it’s also almost permission to remember my mom and all of the wonderful things she did for so many people.”

Loggans joins a select group of approximately 1,500 individuals who have attained this sought-after international certification as demonstration of their professional excellence in mobilizing and managing volunteers. The CVA certification was developed in the early 1980s as a professional development tool for individual practitioners who lead volunteer engagement in a wide variety of nonprofit, government, and corporate entities.

Growing recognition of the value of skilled leadership in volunteer engagement has brought a steady increase in the number of candidates each year. Most CVAs are located in the United States and Canada, and the program has attracted candidates from Australia, Bolivia, China, New Zealand, Japan, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Zambia.


United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Through an initiative-based cradle-to-career approach, United Way of Southwest Virginia is creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce. United Way convenes cross-sector partners to make an impact on the most complex problems in our region. Through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals, United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change. With a footprint that covers almost 15% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia serves Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton. For more information about United Way of Southwest Virginia, visit www.UnitedWaySWVA.org.