2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service

June 16-18, 2014
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    An Uplifting Celebration of Service

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    Cheering for New Ways to Attract Volunteers

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    Dynamic Voices and Dynamic Movement Start Off the Conference

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    Getting Charged Up in Atlanta

Here are some highlights from the 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service, which took place June 16 - 18 in Atlanta. Click here to watch videos showcasing the event.

Points of Light Unites 'House of Service' in Rousing Closing Session


We are all united in the house of service. That’s the message Points of Light Chairman Neil Bush delivered to a packed closing plenary session June 18 – joined by volunteer service leaders and award-winning entertainers – to wrap up the 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta. Read more >

Military Family Honored for Easing the Pain of Loss for Others


When Myles Eckert, son of an Army soldier killed in Iraq, gave a $20 bill he found to a Air National Guardsman, it sparked a chain of events that has yielded $1.6 million for an organization that provides vacations for children of U.S. military personnel who have died in the line of duty. Read more >

Financial Expert Recognized for Helping Others Escape Debt


On June 17 Conference for Volunteering and Service attendees witnessed “Service Unites” in action, as dozens of educational sessions and forums focused on creating cross-sector alignment and new alliances to help address pressing community issues. Read more >

'Service Unites' as Conference Sessions Encourage Cross-Sector Collaboration


On June 17 Conference for Volunteering and Service attendees witnessed “Service Unites” in action, as dozens of educational sessions and forums focused on creating cross-sector alignment and new alliances to help address pressing community issues. Read more >

Actor Lamman Rucker Celebrated for Work With Youth


Lamman Rucker co-founded The BLACK GENTS – an all-male, African-American theater company in Los Angeles – to resurrect and redefine the positive image of the black male through programs for young people and service to the community. Read story >

And the $50,000 Grant Goes To…


At the HandsOn Network Innovation and Social Impact Forum June 17, four HandsOn Network affiliates pitched inventive programs getting results in their communities – for a shot at a $50,000 grant. Hands On Nashville came out on top. See why >

The Difference a Caring Adult Can Make


The June 17 Creating a Bright Future for Our Kids Forum focused on the power of caring adults to affect the lives of young people and took a deeper dive into the complexities of mentoring. See more >

Disaster Protection Through Preparation


At the June 17 Global Forum on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, four U.S. mayors joined Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer for a discussion about what communities can do to prepare for disaster. Read more >

AmeriCorps Members Share Success Stories at National Service Town Hall


There was a lot to celebrate at the June 17 National Service Town Hall meeting at the 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service, with AmeriCorps turning 20 this year. AmeriCorps members shared their stories, explaining the effect national service has had on their lives.
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Bringing Creativity and 'Collective Impact' to the Workplace


Companies are recognizing that volunteer programs affect the value of their business – and employee morale. Volunteer programs help employees build creativity and problem-solving skills they can use in their jobs and even their personal lives. Read more >

Service and Celebration Set the Tone


Conference attendees met an entertainment icon, a president’s daughter, a Super Bowl MVP and many more notable figures as they joined in volunteer service and got to know each other on the Conference’s opening day. Learn more >

Powerful Voices Open the Conference on Volunteering and Service


Tyler Perry told his story of overcoming abuse to become a point of light. Chelsea Clinton explored the commitment of young people to volunteer service. Three civil rights legends discussed what the volunteer movement could learn from the civil rights movement. And that was just the start of the Conference on Volunteering and Service. Learn more >

Tyler Perry Honored for Philanthropic Giving


Though one of the most successful figures in entertainment today, Tyler Perry's early life was one of struggle. But he has never forgotten what it meant to live in need and has donated generously to charities that focus on helping the homeless, victims of disaster and more. Read more >


Conference Attendees Unite in Service to Combat Homelessness


The City of Atlanta has given a warm welcome to Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service – and on June 16, hundreds of volunteers from around the world gave back. Attendees spent the morning volunteering for Mayor Kasim Reed’s initiative to end homelessness in Atlanta. Learn more >


Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees Encourages Companies to Share Their Service Stories


On June 16, business leaders – joined by Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees – celebrated service and the outstanding achievements of companies that give back to nonprofits and their communities through the workplace. Read more >

Startups With a Socially Responsible Bent Pitch Their Ideas for Praise and Prizes


The Civic Accelerator Demo Night and Good Frenzy Atlanta ended a day of innovation June 16 at the Conference on Volunteering and Service – shining a light on local and national social entrepreneurs. Read more >

Affiliates Converge for HandsOn Network Pre-Conference


From Florida to the Philippines, HandsOn Network affiliates from around the world gathered in Atlanta June 15 for an information-packed Affiliate Pre-Conference to share best practices, learn about new initiatives and spark creative approaches to everything from volunteer management to fundraising. Learn more >

America's Sunday Supper Cooks Up Conversation


Sitting down to a meal of soul food and southern specialties, nonprofit, business and faith leaders continued the tradition of America's Sunday Supper. The topic of conversation was collaboration across sectors – a critical part of understanding and creating community change. Read more >

Measuring Effective Employee Volunteer Programs


Whether tapping the enthusiasm and talent of employees in St. Louis or Singapore, research shows that creating service opportunities isn't only benefiting communities in meaningful ways; it's enhancing businesses, too. See how >

A New Facebook App for Finding Volunteer Opportunities


All for Good Volunteer – the first app for finding volunteer opportunities on Facebook – is being unveiled at the Conference. How can it help your nonprofit?
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