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Live from New York...

by Merici Vinton

Today kicks of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service – more than 5,000 (!) service leaders are pouring into New York City to create greater impact and effectiveness in meeting social needs through service and volunteering.

Good news for those who want to participate online – we will be webcasting several of the events and the Twitter hashtag for the conference is #NCVS. And if you’re attending the conference in real life, don’t forget to check in on Gowalla to get a NCVS stamp.

Learn about all of this – and more – at volunteeringandservice.org.

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Here is the webcast schedule:

Monday, June 28, 1:30 – 3:30 pm ET: “It’s Up to YOU” Opening Plenary Session at Radio City Music Hall hosted by MSNBC’s Morning Joe team Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Featuring Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation; Michelle Nunn, CEO, Points of Light Institute; Senator Mark Warner; The Hon. David A. Paterson, Governor, New York; The Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York; Melody Barnes, White House Director of Domestic Policy Council, and others.

Click here to register for Open Plenary webcast

Monday, June 28, 8:30 - 10:00 pm ET: “Here’s To YOU” Inspiration Event at Radio City Music Hall hosted by “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver, featuring actress Ruby Dee; comedian Mo Roca, Global Health Corps president Barbara Bush, Top Chef finalist Carla Hall, oceans activist Philippe Cousteau; Broadway shows casts; Jeff Parness, founder of The New York Says Thank You Foundation, and special awards for extraordinary volunteers.

Click here to register for Inspiration Event webcast

Tuesday, June 29, 12:45 - 2:30 pm ET: National Service Town Hall, featuring Corporation CEO Patrick Corvington sharing his vision for service and answering your questions, a celebration of AmeriCorps VISTA and Foster Grandparents anniversaries, followed by a Strategic Plan listening session from 2:30 to 4:00.

Click here to register for National Service Town Hall webcast

Tuesday, June 29: MTV, TeenNick, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Shell are teaming up to spotlight the extraordinary efforts of our nation's youth service leaders in the "It's Up to Us! 2010 NCVS Youth Forum." The two-hour summit will give 150 young people a platform alongside leaders from the national service movement and the Obama and Bloomberg administrations, to connect, discuss and generate new ideas to expand the youth service movement. MTV News Correspondent Sway Calloway will kick-off the evening event as emcee, and Ben Nemtin from MTV's "The Buried Life" will join youth service leaders from Usher's New Look and Learn and Serve America.

Check conference website to learn how you can watch the forum live.

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Are you a Second Life fan? You can attend live learning labs from the conference by visiting the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.

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Wherever you are, we hope you can join us in New York as we work towards greater impact and innovation in service.

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