Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

2011 Serve Idaho Conference


Service in the New Decade!

Thank you to all who helped make Serve Idaho's 11th annual Serve Idaho Conference on Service and Volunteerism a success.  

Hosted by Serve Idaho - Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism in partnership with Idaho Department of Labor

At this year's conference Serve Idaho hosted over 250 attendees representing all corners of Idaho, Washington State, California, Washington D.C. and Australia.  During the conference experts from the field donated their time, talents and tresures.  22 workshops were presented related to volunteer management, national service, Service-Learning, and professional development.



Listed below are the 2010 Serve Idaho Conference sponsors. Without the support of these generous individuals and businesses, the conference would not have been possible. Please remember to support and thank them for their contribution to service and volunteerism in Idaho.

Presenting Sponsor 

Partnership Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • Bronze Sponsors


    Training Session Materials 

    Thanks to over 20 trainers presenting we were able to have fantastic workshops during our conference!  Below you will find some of the workshop handouts and presentations.

    »Work Hard, Play Harder! Worksheet - Presented by Courtney Rush
    »Volunteer Management: Top Ten Tips for Recruiting and Retention - Presented by Abby McLean
    »Media Training - Presented by Melissa McGrath
    »The ABC's of Service Learning - Presented by Russ Weedon
    »Six Pillars of Character - Presented by Russ Weedon
    »Voluntourism-A Growing Trend - Presented by ReNea Nelson

  • Managing Disability Inclusion, National Service and Volunteerism - Presented by Erin Gannon
    »Heart Act Fact Sheet
    »National Service Inclusion Project
    »The Principles and Guidelines of Universal Design

    Grant Writing - Presented by Sonja Hudson
    »Grant Writing Presentation
    »Grant Writing Handout #1
    »Grant Writing Handout #2


    Micro-Volunteering - Presented by Casey Armstrong
    »Link to Presentation
    »Watch Video of Presentation

    »Handbook on How to Set Up a Micro-Volunteering Project


    Service Projects 
    On Thursday March 10, 2011, conference attendees participated in a variety of service projects throughout the Treasure Valley.  Photos have been posted to Serve Idaho's Facebook page.

    If you have any questions about service projects or would like to host a project in the future, please contact the service project coordinator Renee Cox at renee.cox@labor.idaho.gov or phone (208) 332-3578 ext 4786.

    The following agencies hosted this year's service projects:




    • Project Linus - Located at the Boise Hotel & Convention Center.  Volunteers got creative as they assembled blankets and designed quit squares.  The blankets an quilts will go to children who are critically ill.
    • Boise Parks & Recreation - Castle Hills Park got spruced up! The volunteers helped spread safety surfacing in the playground, mulched trees, picked up trash, and painted picnic tables and other site amenities (rain or shine).
    • Boise Veterans Home - Volunteers spent time visiting with the Veterans and listening to a bluegrass band.   
    • Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation- At Discovery Park & Sandy Point volunteers cleaned up the park and pruned rose bushes and planted trees.
    • Idaho Humane Society-Volunteers exercised the dogs and played with the cats.
    • Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands- Volunteers broke ground to initiate and enhance an already existing wildlife trail.  They worked on the development and direction of the trail, carving paths, and pulling wood debris together in piles to create wildlife cover.
    • St. Luke's Hospital (Service Learning)- Volunteers made colorful worry dolls and dream catchers for kids at St. Luke's Hospital.
    • Veterans Resource Network - During our conference we held a special donation drive in support of the Veterans Resource Network(VRN) and Idaho's deployed soldiers. 








  • Feedback

    "I had such a great time at the Serve Idaho Conference! Being a first timer at a Serve Idaho Conference I walked away feeling so inspired and refreshed. I have applied many things I learned at the conference to my daily life and work environment."
    2011 Serve Idaho Conference Attendee

    Photos & Videos

    View photos of the conference
    on our Facebook page.

    Thanks to Lewis-Clark Service Corps AmeriCorp for supplying the above video.