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2013 Conference on Volunteering & Service – Alums Recap

June 27, 2013

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Thank you to the over 400+ AmeriCorps Alums who joined us for Service Unites – 2013 Conference on Volunteering & Service in Washington DC!

Culminating as one of the best Conference for AmeriCorps Alums, it was a unique opportunity to gather alumni living in DC metro as well as those from all over the country at our annual Town Hall and various offsite events. We heard from many thought leaders throughout the week who publicly announced their support of national service and the members who have served their nation. From Chris Christie to John Legend, the praise for AmeriCorps and national service was strong!

  • AmeriCorps Alums Town Hall
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CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer greeting Alums at Town Hall

This year’s AmeriCorps Alums Town Hall, sponsored by MSW @ USC, was twice as big as last year’s gathering!  Attendees heard from both Bill Basl and Wendy Spencer, who shared CNCS’s 20th Anniversary celebration plan for AmeriCorps: the nearly 1 million alumni of AmeriCorps across the world will at the same time on the same day repeat their AmeriCorps oath to recommit themselves to a Lifetime of Service.

AmeriCorps Alums shared a welcome from actor and national service advocate, Brandon Routh, inspiring stories from national chapter leaders and White House Champion of Change Delores Morton.

We also announced our new partnership with BoardSource to provide new opportunities for alumni of AmeriCorps to have a pathway to leading on nonprofit and organization’s Board of Directors. Share a tweet on how the skills you gained in AmeriCorps would be valuable serving on a non profits’ or foundation’s board. See the photos here.

  • Sessions on the Alums as Leaders & the Impact of AmeriCorps Alums

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    From L-R: AmeriCorps Alums Executive Director Ben Duda, Work on Purpose Director Linda Kay Klein, Public Allies DC Executive Director Nakeisha Neal, and Commongood Careers Recruitment Manager Michael Omenazu

“Exploring Alums as Leaders” – This session featured alumni now working at Commongood Careers, Public Allies DC , and Echoing Green. Attendees learned about how to transition their service experience into leadership roles, advice on finding meaning in one’s work, and an opportunity to preview the ‘Work on Purpose’ curricula from Echoing Green.

A second session, “The Impact of AmeriCorps Alums: Making a Difference This Year and Beyond” led by National Advisory Council member Diana Epstein, Miami AmeriCorps Alums Chapter Leader Darrill Gaschler, and Gary Williams from Public Allies Baltimore and the Baltimore AmeriCorps Alums Chapter took a look at impact and best practices from AmeriCorps alumni pursuing their lifetime of service in local chapter communities

  • From Service to Politics

Co-Convened with ServiceNation, New Politics, and George Washington University’s The Center for Second Service, AmeriCorps Alums hosted a gathering at the Capitol Hill Visitors Center for those who have served in the military, AmeriCorps, or the Peace Corps to discuss the leadership pathways for bringing their service to politics and policy.

Attendees heard from Representatives who have also served in the former programs including Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Mayor of Flint, Michigan – Dwayne Walling, Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY), and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA). See the event photos here.

  • Stand for Service DC

Bright and early Wednesday morning, AmeriCorps Alums, in partnership with ServiceNation and the National Peace Corps Association, hosted Stand for Service DC. Conference attendees and national service supporters gathered on Capitol Hill holding signs that made visible the reasons why service matters in communities across our nation.

See the photos here and read the summary posts from ServiceNation and National Peace Corps Association.

  • NCVS Welcome & Alums Kick Off at Old Dominion Brewhouse

To kick off 2013 Conference on Volunteerism and Service, AmeriCorps Alums invited Conference attendees and Baltimore/Washington DC area alums to a welcome gathering. This was a great opportunity to hear from AmeriCorps Alums Executive Director, Ben Duda, as well as a space for attendees to connect with Alums from across multiple programs and multiple focus areas. See the photos from the event here.

  • Service Café

On Thursday of the Conference on Volunteering and Service, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Alums teamed up to present the Service Café.

The Service Café featured various activities throughout the day, including the screening of vintage VISTA and Peace Corps films, information sessions on current service opportunities and the chance for attendees to share their “My Service in 6” stories. Service Café was the perfect space for alumni and supporters of domestic and international service to connect with friends – both old and new.

  • Photo Jun 20, 6 17 02 PMCause DC

AmeriCorps Alums hosted an NCVS off-site gathering at the one-of-kind “philanthropub” CauseDC, founded by leading social entrepreneur AND AmeriCorps Alum and RPCV Nick Vilelle. The event served as a continuation of Thursday’s Service Café – co-convened with the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps*VISTA – and was an opportunity for active AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps Alums and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to learn more about the nationally renowned CauseDC. See the event photos here.

  • NCVS Closing

To wrap up a very inspiring three days of Conference, attendees heard from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who praised AmeriCorps and the national service community. He shared in detail the impact of the work of AmeriCorps members in the recovery efforts of Hurricane Sandy. He also denounced the arguments of partisanship in the times of disaster:

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Deserving of his AmeriCorps pin by Wendy Spencer, Gov. Christie also told attendees that if anyone questions the value of their service to personally email him and have him back them up. That’s an inspiring message to all those who question if their service matters to communities across our nation.

Thank you to Points of Light, HandsOn Network, ServiceNation, Corporation for National & community Service, MSW @ USC, BoardSource, Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA helping AmeriCorps Alums convene our events at a very successful 2013 Conference on Volunteering & Service. A very special thank you to our AmeriCorps Alums DC Chapter for providing staff support and publicity for all the offsite events we hosted around our nation’s capital. Thank you to our chapter leaders who helped to spread the word of Alums in your communities to conference attendees. And of course, thank YOU for supporting AmeriCorps Alums as we go forward in 2013/2014 to continue to support your Lifetime of Service.

See you in ATLANTA for the 2014 Conference on Volunteering & Service!

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