Register for the National Conference on Volunteering and Service
Chicago will host the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders, from June 18-20. Thousands of service sector leaders will participate in workshops and plenary sessions to discuss best practices and creative ideas to spur civic engagement across the globe. Conference attendees will also get a “taste” of Chicago’s robust social service community through special events and service projects held in neighborhoods throughout the city.
“Chicago is not only the city of Big Shoulders, we are the city of big hearts,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Our city has a remarkable history of combining service with innovation. We’re proud to host this year’s conference to facilitate conversation about not only what has worked in the past, but to discuss innovative solutions for the future of civic engagement and volunteering.”
The Conference brings together international leaders to learn from others’ diverse experiences in promoting service, civic engagement and volunteerism in various settings, discuss common challenges and generate new ideas and solutions. This year, former first lady Barbara Bush and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will speak at the opening plenary session. Featured speakers include: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Executive Director Joshua DuBois; Chicago Bears star Israel Idonije and founder of the Israel Idonije Foundation; Kate Maehr, CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository; J.R. Martinez, an Iraq War veteran and actor; Kevin Bacon, actor, musician and founders of SixDegrees.org; Governor Pat Quinn; and Mayor Emanuel.
“Hosting the National Conference on Volunteering and Service is a unique opportunity to showcase Chicago and its rich history of service community,” added Chicago Chief Service Officer Jenne Myers. “We hope that the thousands of leaders who come together to discuss the future of civic engagement and service will learn from each other and also from the thoughtful, innovative work our city’s nonprofits and social service organizations are doing every day.”
The Conference is convened by Points of Light, a leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history serving communities across the country and a mission to connect the brightest and most cutting-edge civic entrepreneurs to generate change and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
This is the first time the Conference is being held in Chicago. The 2011 Conference was held in New Orleans and hosted more than 4,000 attendees. New York City, Atlanta and San Francisco have hosted the conference in previous years.
To register, visit www.volunteeringandservice.org.