Volunteers in Westmoreland County

About Us


Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators (WAVA) is a volunteer organization that promotes volunteerism in Westmoreland County. We offer ways for the public to search for volunteer opportunities that fit their interest and their schedule.

Mission :

To encourage quality volunteerism in Westmoreland County by assisting , supporting and networking with agencies and organizations that utilize volunteers.


Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators (WAVA) began in 1980 to help organizations using volunteers. The group found that through networking and training they were able to improve skills in managing, recruiting and retaining volunteers.

In 2005, WAVA took on a broader mission and started to provide information to the public about volunteer opportunities throughout the Westmoreland County area by creating a Volunteer Opportunity Guide and sponsoring the first annual “Find Your Fit” Volunteer Fair.

In 2008, WAVA assisted with the revitalization of the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) in Westmoreland County. The Westmoreland County Emergency Services and the American Red Cross asked WAVA to act as a liaison between them and county-wide agencies. This relationship would assist in providing volunteers and services to meet secondary needs during a disaster within the county. Since we are already networked with so many agencies and their volunteers, it was a perfect fit to take on this responsibility.

In 2008, WAVA created its own website: www.volunteerwestmoreland.org. The Volunteer Opportunity Guide would now be available to download on this site. Information about WAVA’ s mission, programs and membership was also included.

In 2008, WAVA expanded their program to include outreach opportunities, where volunteerism was promoted at public events.

In 2013, WAVA in collaboration with VASP (Volunteer Administrators of Southwestern PA) held their first “Leadership Conference.”

In 2014, WAVA  was approved for 501 C-3 non-profit status to better accomplish its mission.

In 2015, WAVA upgraded its website and started to use facebook for promoting events and networking.

In 2018, WAVA offered educational opportunities for volunteer administrators through the newly formed Bag Lunch Series, held during lunch hours throughout the year.

Meetings, Trainings and Events:

WAVA officers, committee chairs, and any interested representatives from member organizations meet periodically at Executive Committee Planning Meetings, to plan upcoming educational and networking opportunities, outreach events, and volunteer fair. These meetings are open to all.