National Conference Journal, Day 1

This week is the Big Show for the volunteer and service world. Thousands have converged on Washington DC for the Points of Light Foundation’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service. We’ve joined together, as conference goers do, for workshops, panels, service projects, celebrations and plenary sessions.

Enthusiastic attendees outside the Main Exhibitors Hall on the first day of NCVS
Enthusiastic attendees outside the Main Exhibitors Hall on the first day of NCVS

The theme of this conference is “Service Unites,” and all I can say is WOW.  To illustrate this theme, Wednesday’s plenary session featured several extraordinary and well-known teams of rivals, Including Donna Brazile and Bill O’Reilly, Karl Rove and David Plouffe, and the marching bands from Washington DC’s Duke Ellington and Eastern High Schools.  Seeing groups and individuals who have experienced extreme, even bitter, rivalries come together and literally embrace each other in the name of service was truly awe inspiring.

Watch this space for a Volunteer Maryland Day dispatch from day 2 of the NCVS!

Eric Liu, Founder, Citizen University
Eric Liu, Founder, Citizen University, speaks at Wednesday’s Plenary Session
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