Music, passion and social entrepreneurship dominated the closing plenary of the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service in Detroit, punctuating three days that brought nearly 3,000 attendees and speakers together to share and learn from one another as we unite in service to shape the future of our communities, and our world.
For some celebrities, actuating social change is just another responsibility that comes with the trade. For 16-year-old Yara Shahidi, rising star of the hit ABC TV sitcom, “Black-ish,” engaging in social change is simply part of her DNA.
Attendees participated in the General Motors Service Project throughout the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service, packing 5,000 backpacks in support of the students of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties. The backpacks, each containing school supplies and healthy snacks, will be distributed to K-12 students during United Way for Southeastern Michigan's Meet Up and Eat Up events.
“Consumers want the companies, the brands they are loyal to, to be agents of purpose,” said Points of Light CEO, Tracy Hoover, as she opened the Business Track at the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service, celebrating corporate changemakers who are inspiring the next generation of purpose-driven organizations.