Founded in 1968, the Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), is the premier membership society for health care volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines. AHVRP provides timely and critical support through thought leadership, learning and knowledge sharing, professional development, certification, recognition for personal and professional achievements, networking, collaboration and advocacy resources for leaders in health care volunteer management as well as auxiliary leaders, volunteers, students, faculty and retirees who are interested in issues relate to healthcare volunteer resources, retail operations and advocacy. AHVRP offers the only certification distinguishing health care volunteer resource professionals, the Certified Administrator in Volunteer Services.