The National Conference on Volunteering and Service, a program of Points of Light Institute, is an annual event that offers opportunities for anyone interested in service to learn, connect and be inspired.  As the world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors, the conference offers a wide range of exciting and informative plenary sessions, workshops, special events, service projects, exhibits, specialized corporate tracks and more.

This year, Chicago is proud to host this wonderful event, and we hope that you will join us in making our city the best conference venue yet! Here are two simple ways that you can take part in strengthening our nation through volunteer service.

1. Join us at the conference. Attendees typically include:

  • Volunteer coordinators and supervisors
  • AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Foster Grandparents, RSVP
  • AmeriCorps Alums
  • HandsOn Network Action Centers
  • Non-profit professionals
  • Nonprofit and government volunteer leaders
  • Workplace volunteer managers
  • Leaders in corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate partners
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Funders and philanthropists
  • Anyone else ready to pave the way for a fresh approach to civic engagement

2. Share your knowledge. Each year hundreds of practitioners, thought leaders and innovators  share their experience and expertise through workshops and other learning  environments. Workshops will focus on inspiring, equipping and mobilizing 21st century volunteers to give their time, money and voice to create change in their communities. Your session can be a 90-minute workshop, highlighting an innovative organization, program or initiative through interactive learning. You can align your presentation with one of these  tracks:

  • Business
  • Digital Mobilization
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Excellence in Education
  • Faith and Neighborhoods
  • Health and Wellness
  • National Service Programs
  • Nonprofit Capacity Building
  • Service Innovation
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Volunteer Management
  • Youth Leadership

The deadline for presenting a proposal is December 5, so make sure that you submit your ideas today!