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NCVS: Convening in a Service-Powered Community

by Kate Enos

Each year, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Points of Light Institute convene thousands of volunteers from across the nation at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, which will take place on June 6-8, 2011. 

This year, these volunteers, or Champions of Service, will be in New Orleans, a city where service roots run deep and wide.

The Gulf Coast keenly understands the importance of volunteering and service to strengthen community bonds and take sustained action. Since 2005, millions of people have given of their time, talent, and resources to help in recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast to build and repair homes, schools, shorelines, playgrounds, parks and lives. The volunteer spirit is alive and well in New Orleans, the region's largest city, making it a natural choice to host the 2011 Conference.

The conference provides attendees with an opportunity to learn, connect, and be inspired through a wide range of exciting and informative plenary sessions, workshops, special events, service projects, exhibits, specialized corporate tracks, and more.

Much of the conference will focus on three key areas: impact, strength, and community.

  • National service creates a positive impact on communities, empowering citizens to make a difference and be part of the solution. Sessions will address six focus areas, including Disaster Relief, Economic Development and Opportunity, Education, Environment, Health and Wellness, and International to give participants from all fields an opportunity to learn proven, specific and sustainable service and volunteer practices and strategies for each area.
  • Innovation, collaboration, passion, and results fuel and strengthen the field of national service and volunteering. Participants will share proven methods and emerging trends for managing, strengthening and sustaining volunteering and service programs to meet ever-changing economic, socio-economic, social and volunteer realities.
  • National service is powered by citizens who want to make a difference, building stronger communities across the nation. Participants will engage in ways to recognize and harness the specific skills and the diversity of individuals and groups that are primed for volunteering, leadership and service.

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