Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Learning for Volunteer Managers

Have you registered for the conference, or you’re about to register, and have discovered that some of the volunteer management track sessions are filling up fast?

Books and Bagels at the National Conference

This year the National Conference on Volunteering and Service is featuring book clubs called Books and Bagels. These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to engage in intimate discussions with featured authors on new and relevant books for your work. As with all sessions, you must register to attend.

The book clubs include:

Citizen You: Doing Your Part to Change the World (SID #1646)
Featured Author: Jonathan Tisch
Tuesday, June 29 from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Girls. Power. Change.

Girls. Power. Change.
Girls Summit on Civic Engagement (SID 1735)

Numerous Service Luminaries Headline Micro-Plenary and Forum Sessions

College and university presidents, corporate executives, nonprofit CEOs, social media experts, foundation program officers, public officials, and other thought leaders will participate in the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service ( Many will speak as panelists or keynoters at two micro-plenaries and 19 forums.

Why Volunteering? Why Me?

Ever since I was a young child, my parents have bestowed in me the importance of giving back and helping others live a more fruitful life. I was a sophomore communications major at a state school when an idea stuck me that would change my life forever. I realized that the only way that I was going to become the person that I wanted to be was to become the change that I wanted to see. I knew that I couldn’t fix the world’s problems, but I could change one person’s life at a time by simply helping them with a random act. So that is what I did.

Step Out of Your Box

The best part of a conference this large is the variety of things to do. Beware of the trap of looking for topics or speakers that seem most connected to your current job or setting. Of course you want to learn as much as you can that will be immediately applicable back home, but don’t miss the opportunity to sample something totally different, too. Seek out sessions that—at first glance—do not appear “relevant” to you now and give them a try. You may be surprised!

Before the Opening General Session...

The opening general session of the conference is Monday at 1:30 p.m., but we recommend landing in New York well before then in order to take advantage of awesome events!