MSA's 2013 Statewide Conference on Service and Volunteering "Generated" Success!
2013 Massachusetts Conference on Service & Volunteering
What do YOU Generate?
On Thursday, June 6, 2013, The Massachusetts Service Alliance held its biannual Massachusetts Statewide Conference on Service and Volunteerism on at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough. Over 400 professionals from the nonprofit and corporate sector, higher education and service-learning fields joined MSA for a day of networking, learning, and connection!
State Senator Daniel A. Wolf (D- Harwich) welcomed attendees at the Opening Session, followed by Keynote Speaker, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. With 30 years of first-hand experience in the nonprofit realm, Ms. Spencer offered inspirational words to the crowd highlighting the importance of civic engagement and service on a national and local level. During the Keynote Address, Ms. Spencer stressed the importance of volunteering citing a new study, "Volunteerism as a Pathway to Employment" which links unemployed individuals who spend their time volunteering to their success in the job market.
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Once again we would like to congratulate our 2013 Massachusetts Service & Volunteerism Award winners who were honored at a special awards luncheon during the conference: Anne French for Outstanding Service-Learning Practitioner, John Reiff for Higher Education Community Service Champion, Google for Outstanding Corporate Volunteerism, Samaritans for Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program and Yves Singletary and Quinin Velez Rivera for "Getting Things Done in Massachusetts."
This year's Workshop topics included the following themes:
- Generate Impact! Telling your story through cutting edge mediums including infographics and social media
- Generate Community! Effective practices to recruit and support volunteers including skills-based volunteers, youth, and families
- Generate Growth! Effective volunteer management practices
- Higher Education: A special track for professionals working in the higher education field
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. " -Margaret Mead