Four representatives from the Center for Service Leadership/AmeriCorps at Frostburg State University recently participated in the 10th Annual National Conference on Community Volunteering and National Service in Salt Lake City.
The event, held from June 9-11, featured the theme, "Sharing the American Spirit."
Special guest Laura Bush spoke on ways Americans can strengthen their communities and the nation through volunteering. Her speech reinforced President Bush's call to service and the role volunteers play in healing America following the September 11 tragedy.
This was the third year that a group from FSU has presented at the annual conference. The focus of their presentation was "Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Service Networks." Presenting were Tony Washington, assistant director of Volunteerism and National Service; Rhonda Schwinabart, director of the Read to Succeed Program; Sean King, program coordinator for ASTAR! In Western Maryland and Lori Senese, director of the Institute for Service Learning. Examples cited were an after-school program, an annual book giveaway, a partnership between reading education students and local kindergartens and Relay for Life.
"It's always informative," said Washington of the conference. "Anybody who is anybody is there, we can talk directly to the people who fund us and I have the chance to pick the brains of those running community service in America." Convened by the Corporation for National Service and the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, the conference is the premier training and networking event for leading volunteer and community service supporters. More than 3,000 volunteer leaders attended, learning new skills to boost their effectiveness in solving community problems.
The Points of Light Foundation & the Volunteer Center National Network are the nation's leading nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations supporting millions of volunteers in thousands of communities in the U.S. For more information, call (202) 729-3238 or visit www.PointsofLight.org.
The Corporation for National Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, was established in 1993 to encourage Americans to become involved in community service. For more information, call (202) 606-5000 ext. 255 or visit www.nationalservice.org.
To learn more about volunteer activities and opportunities at FSU, contact Krug at (301) 687-4210 or visit www.frostburg.edu/clife/lanec/.
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