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Conference on Volunteerism Set for April 15-16


March 26, 2004
Friday - 1:30 am

Anchorage - The Alaska State Community Service Commission will host its third annual state wide Alaska Conference on Volunteerism on April 15-16, 2004 at the Hilton Anchorage, featuring workshops, award programs, and a well-known author as the keynote speaker.

"I invite any and all Alaskans interested or involved in volunteerism to attend the ASCSC conference," said ASCSC Executive Director Elsa Sargento. "Working together, we can carry last year's successes into the New Year and help broaden the scope of our volunteer outreach to include new partnerships, new collaboration and new possibilities for growth in community service."

Aimed at strengthening volunteer services in communities across the state, the conference will include workshops providing essential tools to volunteers, supervisors and trainers of volunteers. This year's workshops will focus on three areas: Community Building; with sessions on Civic Engagement, Inclusion and Strategic Planning; Sustainability/Accountability, with sessions on Financial Management, Fund Raising, Inclusion and Grant Writing; and Member Development, with sessions on Leadership Development, Inclusion, Interviewing and Resume Writing.

The guest speaker will be Arline Oberst, co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer Soul," who will share inspirational stories of "How Ordinary People Can Make an Extraordinary Difference." Edwin Futa, General Secretary of Rotary International said of Oberst's book, "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul demonstrates an old truism -- that by serving other people, you help yourself even more. Each of these stories testifies to the power of volunteerism."

On April 15, the conference will host the First Lady's Volunteer Award Luncheon, where Alaska's First Lady Nancy Murkowski will present awards to 10 Alaskans in recognition for their outstanding volunteer service. On April 16, the Ellis & ASCSC Award Luncheon will honor one outstanding community leader for his or her volunteer efforts. The luncheon program will also include the presentation of outstanding volunteer awards to four participants in Alaska State Community Service Commission-supported programs.

"This year's ASCSC conference is being steered by an energized commission board focused on celebrating volunteers and their many contributions to our state and community," said Sargento. "Through the energy and guidance of our board, the Commission is making great progress in helping Alaska's communities help themselves. The vibrations of volunteerism will be felt throughout the conference, communities and the state as volunteers are encouraged to continue their contributions through service."

For more information on how to register for the conference call Chery White at (907) 269-4637 or Nita Greenwell-Madsen at (907) 269-4674.


Source of News Release:

Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development
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