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Volunteerism & Service Conference

Strengthening Our Communities through Collaboration and Volunteerism
#vavolunteerism2014

  • Do you work with volunteers?
  • Are you looking for ways to connect with people through service?
  • Does your organization serve others?

The VA Office on Volunteerism & Community Service and the Virginia Service Foundation will host this highly-interactive conference offering a diverse array of workshops, networking events, and opportunities for service. 

2014 is the 50th Anniversary of Community Action Agencies and of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), the 40th Anniversary of National Volunteer Week and of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. Coinciding with the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, this conference will celebrate these milestones and also feature a nationwide simultaneous swearing-in ceremony for AmeriCorps members. Conference attendees will be invited to participate in one of several exciting service projects throughout the community!


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When:
September 11 & 12, 2014


Where:
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA

Registration:
Registration is now open! Includes networking reception, one breakfast,
two lunches, two days of workshops (31 total) and transportation to
service project. The deadline to register is September 2, 2014.

  • General Attendee Registration is $95 per person
  • National Service Member Registration is $35 per person
    National Service Member or Program Staff includes AmeriCorps State, VISTA, NCCC, Senior Corps (Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and RSVP), and any National Service Alumni
  • National Service Program Staff Registration for one staff person is $35
  • Student Registration with Student ID is $70

Refund Policy: Registration cancellations must be made in writing and sent to info@vaservice.org no later than 5pm on Monday, September 1, in order to receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. If a registrant cancels after September 1, or is a no-show, the full registration fee will still be owed. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for late cancellations or no-shows. However, if your organization would like to substitute another individual, please email info@vaservice.org to obtain information about substitutions.

Preliminary Schedule (Click here to download the full preliminary schedule.)

Day 1 (September 11)

  • 8:30am - Registration Opens (Exhibitor Set-up at 8:00am)
  • 9:00am - 10:30am - Morning Session: National Service Pipeline
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm - Opening Plenary, Luncheon and Welcome
  • 12:45pm - 1:45pm - 10 Workshop Sessions
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm - Service Projects (Transportation Provided)
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Reception

Day 2 (September 12)

  • 7:00am - Registration Opens/Exhibits
  • 8:30am - 9:15am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am - 10:45am - 10 Workshop Sessions
  • 11:00am-12:15pm - 10 Workshop Sessions
  • 12:30pm - 1:45pm - Luncheon, Keynote Speaker (TBA) and Robert E. Wone Award Presentation
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm - AmeriCorps Swearing-In Ceremony
     

Praise for the Conference:

  • "It was a privileged opportunity to meet Mr. Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps State & National Programs . . . He stressed not only the importance of service, but the value in having clear information about AmeriCorps and its benefits within the community, including usage of readily accessible websites and concise verbal marketing. He later
    shared his personal 'life story' of service. A true inspiration and testimony in how each of us can make a difference through serving
    others in whatever realm of influence afforded us. We have no excuses."

    - Nina Hollins, New River Community Action
     
  • “What an unforgettable experience, witnessing the diverse, inclusive
    and high-power coming together for such a sacred cause that profoundly impacts one and all, bringing out the best in us!”

    - Rabbi Israel Zoberman, Congregation Beth Chaverim
     

Accommodations:
Group rates are available for the conference at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond, VA. The rate is $94.04/night ($83 + 13.3% tax). For reservations, call 804-379-3800. The deadline to make reservations with the group rate is August 23.

Service Projects:
Conference participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a service project in Greater Richmond that will take place on September 11th, the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Our goal is to have 500 participants sign up for volunteer service! Projects will include: FeedMore, Operation Paintbrush, project:HOMES, Tricycle Gardens, Richmond Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation/Johnston Willis, and many more! Sign-up for service projects will be available on the conference registration page.

Exhibitors:
You can be a unique part of the conference by reaching out to participants as an exhibitor! This year’s event will give you access to the volunteer and human service sector from across Virginia. Conference participants will be encouraged to visit exhibitors throughout the day and specific times will be blocked off during the conference for exhibitors to interact at their booths with participants. The exhibitor fee is $130 and includes one registration (valued at $95) to the conference. The government agency exhibitor rate is $80.

Workshops:
Instructional workshops will include volunteer management, nonprofit resources, leadership development, collaborations and partnerships. A separate track of workshops for AmeriCorps Members and Program Directors will be provided. View complete descriptions of conference workshops.

Who Should Attend:
This year’s conference will include representatives from AmeriCorps and other National Service Programs, Community Action Programs, Faith-Based Programs, and Neighborhood Assistance Programs. The annual statewide conference will provide the unique tools and training necessary to fully utilize volunteer services in your community for:

  • Volunteer Service Leaders
  • Nonprofit Directors
  • Organizational and Faith-Based Leaders
  • Local Government and Public Organization Volunteer Coordinators
  • Representatives from K-12 Schools
  • Higher Education Volunteer Programs

Conference Scholarships Now Available:

The Virginia Service Foundation makes it a priority to keep the Annual Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference affordable and to offer scholarships to make events more accessible. Scholarships can cover the costs of conference registration and/or the cost of lodging expenses. We are unable to provide scholarships to cover the cost of travel expenses.

  • Assistance is available to the director or agency head of an organization or volunteer coordinator for an organization which uses volunteers in the accomplishment of its mission.
  • An organization can only submit one request for assistance.
  • Assistance is available to National Service Members and Alumni.
  • Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.
  • The total maximum available for scholarships is $2,000.

To apply for a scholarship, download the scholarship application. You may apply beginning July 1st, the application period will close on August 8, 2014 at 5pm. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis throughout the application period. Please email completed scholarship applications to virginiaservicefoundation@gmail.com. 
 

Think Green:
The Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference is green! Please bring your electronic devices to view presentation materials. All presentations and handouts will be available for download prior to the conference.

2014 Planning Committee:
Special thanks to all the hard work of the 2014 Planning Committee who have volunteered their time, expertise, and energy to make this event possible.

Take a look back at the 2013 Conference on Volunteerism and Service in Virginia Beach. Workshop materials and handouts are available, as well as highlights and photos of the event.

 

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From North - Traveling I-95 South: Take Exit 79 (Powhite Parkway-195 TOLL ROAD). Keep to the left and follow Powhite to Midlothian Turnpike (Route 60-West). Follow Midlothian Turnpike 2 miles to Koger Center Boulevard. Hotel will be on your right.

From South - Traveling I-95 North: Take Exit 67, Chippenham Parkway. Follow Chippenham Parkway 10 miles to Midlothian Turnpike (Route 60) West. Travel 5 miles to Koger Center Boulevard. Hotel will be on your right.

From West - Traveling 1-64 East: Take exit for 288 South to Route 60/Midlothian Turnpike (East). Follow Midlothian Turnpike approximately 3 miles to Koger Center Boulevard. Hotel will be on your left.

From East - Stay on I-64 West. Follow signs to I-95 (do not take I-295N). Stay on I-95 South to Powhite Parkway 195 (Exit 79 TOLL ROAD). Follow Powhite Parkway to Midlothian Turnpike West (Route 60) for 2 miles to Koger Center Boulevard. Hotel will be on your right.