This month, a team of Repair the World staff and fellows are heading to Detroit for the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service. An entire conference dedicated to service? Centered in Detroit, one of the most active and vibrant civic engagement cities in the country (and one of Repair the World’s partner communities)? Convened by the amazing Points of Light? Yep, we’re pretty excited.
From a star-studded lineup of guest speakers (this year includes Points of Light CEO Tracy Hoover, Detroit’s youngest do-gooding entrepreneur, Asia Newton, and musician and humanitarian, Maya Azucena), to the insane number of informative panels and sessions, this is the conference to go to if volunteering is your thing – or you want it to be!
In addition to representing at the conference, for the fourth straight year, Repair the World will convene a 25-person delegation of Jewish non profit professionals. Delegates will attend a few pre-conference sessions designed especially for them, and go on a walking tour of Detroit to check out the food justice work Repair the World and our partners are doing in the city. Repair the World will also facilitate two workshops during the conference itself: one focused on how to work and negotiate with different stakeholders on a service project, and the other focused on Detroit as a model for service pluralism.
Sound tempting? It’s definitely not to late to join us at the Conference – register now to secure your spot in one of the most meaningful and inspiring gatherings of the year. Meanwhile, check out this video and just try not to shed a tear from the beauty of it all.