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Service Unites! International Conference coming to Seattle!

2017_conf_logoService Unites! Inspiring and Equipping Changemakers Across the Globe!

Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service provides the singular opportunity for thousands from around the world to come together to shape the future of volunteerism. As the world’s largest service-related convening, it brings more than 3,500 nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders together to gain and share knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change globally.


… believes in putting needs of others first through the giving of their time, talent and voice.

… lives to give, stands up to serve and lights the way for others.

… believes that it doesn’t take a lot of power to make a difference in the lives of others.

… wants to grow as a person, affirm their purpose and take the next step in making a difference in the lives of others.

Eight learning tracks will feature proven models and innovative solutions
More than 70 workshops will be led by highly-respected experts

More than 3,500 participants focused on putting people at the center of change
Formal and informal networking opportunities

More information available at  VAN NW hopes to see you there!

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Incredible workshops offered at VAN Conference

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RSVP to Share Recruiting Tips at March Professional Gathering

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The VAN Conference Committee is already hard at work!  So we can tell you that the annual conference will be Friday, June 24, 2016 at Cascadia College in Bothell!  But we are still trying to decide the theme and keynote. Soon we will also be putting out an RFP to invite you our membership to […]

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VAN Conference Workshops and Schedule Announced!

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