Our Mission

Dear Virginia Activity Professionals,

Welcome to The Virginia Association of Activity Professionals website. The Virginia Association of Activity Professionals is a statewide non-profit organization of persons who are interested in promoting the quality of life in all geriatric settings. VAAP serves as a catalyst for both professional and personal growth and provides a state voice on aging and long-term care issues.
VAAP Membership is open to persons currently employed or maintaining a certification as an Activity Professional or Recreation Therapist in the Senior Care Continuum or those serving as a consultant/educator to Activity Professionals. Membership is also open to students, volunteers or persons interested in the activity field.

VAAP’s MISSION:
Promote Professional Development
Sponsor an Annual Conference and other Educational Workshops
Provide Discounted Registrations for Members
Unify District Activity Professionals Associations
Aid in Statewide Communications
Serve as a Legislative Advocate for Activity Professionals at the State Level
Problem Solve on an Individual or Collective Basis

Are you new to the field of Activities? Do you work with assisted living residents, nursing home residents, or maybe adult day care clients? Each one of these venues has its own unique set of regulations that must be followed to meet state and federal requirements. You will find information on this website about upcoming conferences and workshops across Virginia which are specifically tailored to the needs of the Activity Professional. If you have any questions about anything pertaining to Activities, please feel free to call me at #804-521-7542, or contact the representative from your area, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

The Virginia Association of Activity Professionals is made up of 7 districts. Each district holds regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year. We encourage you to make contact with the representative from your local district and get to know the other activity professionals in your area. Networking locally about programs, entertainment, volunteers, restaurants, etc. can be very helpful to you as you plan your monthly calendars. If you have the best information and training, then your residents will benefit the most from the programs you provide.

As you read through the information on this website please consider becoming a member of the Virginia Association of Activity Professionals. There are many opportunities to increase your professionalism and knowledge by attending any of the VAAP workshops or our annual conference. VAAP members receive substantial discounts on the registration costs of these events. We can also provide information about becoming a nationally certified activity professional. You may also want to increase your professional skills by serving on a state-wide committee, or as a district representative or officer. You will find information about membership to VAAP through links on this website.

On behalf of the VAAP Board, thank you for visiting us today.

Betsy Jenkins
President