Atlanta, June 28, 2012 – More than 5,000 leaders from the service sector came together this week to create new ideas for service, discuss challenges and work together to create solutions through the power of people at the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago. Building on the turning point created in Chicago, it was announced today that the 2013 Conference will be held in Washington, D.C.
“At a time when so much divides us, service is common ground. It is a uniting force that can pull us together in common cause and in pursuit of the ideals upon which this nation was founded and toward which we, as citizens, continue to strive,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light. “Washington will be a wonderful place to explore what it means to be a citizen and how we can all create change.”
Convened by Points of Light, the 2013 Conference on Volunteering and Service is scheduled for June 19 to 22. It will provide opportunities to learn, connect and be inspired through a range of provocative and relevant plenary sessions, workshops, intimate conversations, service projects and more.
The conference will carry forward the themes from Chicago, including the ways ordinary Americans can roll up their sleeves to solve problems and discover answers that our world really needs. The event will allow service-minded attendees to engage thoughts leaders, policy makers and congressional leaders in a dialogue about volunteerism as a means to address and solve critical issues.
“Our conference celebrates local and national efforts to take responsibility for our communities and our country through service and volunteerism,” said Points of Light Board Chairman Neil Bush. “Convening in a post-election Washington, D.C., will take our discussions to a new level and help us establish new ways for 21st century volunteers to use their time, talent, voice and money to build stronger, healthier communities.”
For more information, please visit www.volunteeringandservice.org.
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About Points of Light
Points of Light is the leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan presidential legacy. Our mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. We connect people to their power to make a meaningful difference by providing access to tools, resources and opportunities to help volunteers use their time, talent, voice and money to meet the critical needs of our communities. We are organized into three divisions: Programs, Civic Incubator and Action Networks, which include HandsOn Network, the largest network of 250 local volunteer centers across the country and around the world; generationOn, the youth service movement that ignites the power of kids to make their mark on the world; AmeriCorps Alums, the national service alumni network that activates the next generation of service leaders; and Points of Light Corporate Institute, which enables companies to engage their employees and customers in service. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.