Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

Serve Idaho Conference

Thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers for a successful conference!

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February 12 & 13, 2013
13th Annual Conference on
Service & Volunteerism

The Riverside Hotel


Bill Basl, AmeriCorps Director 
at the Corporation for National 
and Community Service will be 
speaking at our opening lunch!

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



  • Learned best practices, strategies and new ways of doing business from the state's best thinkers and practitioners of service and volunteering
  • Connected with peers, experts and leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors
  • Were inspired by dynamic speakers and stimulating forums, workshops and panel discussions and keynote speakers
  • Made an impact by participating in service projects and engaging with local community

During the two-day conference attendees choose from over 46 sessions, led by experts in their fields:

  • Engaging Skill-Based Volunteers
  • Leading Effective Meetings
  • Planning Special Events
  • Managing Volunteers
  • Preventing Volunteer Burnout
  • Harnessing Creativity & Embracing Uncertainty
  • Influencing Change for Greater Volunteer Impact
  • Building Sustainable Partnerships
  • Promoting Your Organization

Click here for all session descriptions

Click here for Session Presenter Bios

“I loved this conference. My brain is exploding, but I’m very inspired!”

“I learned a lot in these 2 days.  I will take all this knowledge back to work and use it!”

2013 Conference Attendees

Tracks and Workshop Presentations
Click here for the schedule of all the training sessions

Sessions at this conference may qualify for Continuing Education Units or Professional Development Units.  Please contact Serve Idaho for addtional information at: (208) 332-3578

Training offered at this conference may be used to meet the requirements for renewing  the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential.  One Professional Development Unit (PDU) is awarded for each 50-60 minute session or contact hour in topics related to volunteer resources management.  For more details about the CVA program and renewal requirements, visit www.CVAcert.org or email ccva@comcast.net

Boise State University has approved Serve Idaho to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for conference sessions attended. Participants can earn up to 1.5 CEUs over the course of the two days. The registration fee is an additional $15 on top of the conference registration fee. For information about registering for CEUs at the conference, please e-mail us at alexis.neufeld@labor.idaho.gov. For further information about receiving CEUs through Boise State University, please contact their Center for Professional Development at (208) 426-1709 or visit them online at http://cpd.boisestate.edu/ceuinfo.html.

Dale Carnegie Training® has been accredited and authorized to award Continuing Education Units (CEU) by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, Inc. (ACCET).  In addition to offering CEUs and CPE’s for CPA’s, the Dale Carnegie Course® is in compliance with the rigorous control and standards of the American Council on Education (ACE) and, as such, is considered of “college level” quality Currently the University of Central Missouri list is as a degreed program.  

Registration Information
During the registration process you will make your selection for your training sessions.  Please review all the training session descriptions prior to beginning your registration process.

Click here for all session descriptions 

Conference fees include: 

 Other   One-day    Two-day  
General Admission:    $90  $175   
National Service Members & Military:    $75  $135  
Celebration Dinner Only  $25  Included  Included   

Celebration Dinner is included in the registration fee, outside guests are welcome at $25 cost.

Riverside Boise Hotel will be hosting our conference this year and reduced room rates are available for attendees.
They are located at: 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, Idaho 83714.  
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Making Reservations: Individuals or groups seeking reservations at The Riverside Hotel may call 208-343-1871 and ask for the group "Serve Idaho".  Reservations must be made by JANUARY 21, 2013 to assure the per-diem rate of $77 Single Occupancy and $92
Double Occupancy

Service Projects
On Tuesday February 12, 2013, conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects throughout Boise. For those individuals interested in participating in service projects, you will need choose service project during the registration process and check-in on day one of conference to make your service project selection. Please note that projects fill quickly, so arrive early to select your project. 

This year's service projects include:

  • Project Linus –– Get Creative! Volunteers will be helping to make fleece blankets, cards for the kids who will receive the blankets and miscellaneous other items to help Project Linus carry out their mission.
    • St. Luke's Hospital (Service Learning)- Volunteers will make colorful worry dolls for kids at St. Luke's Hospital.
    • Boise Veterans Home - Volunteers will assist in the Mardi Gras party festivities at the Boise Veterans Home.
    • Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation-This off-site project volunteers will be assisting with landscape maintenance along the Boise River and the Idaho Shakespeare Theater. 

    Presenting Sponsor

      Partnership Sponsors

        Gold Sponsors

        Silver Sponsors

        Bronze Sponsors


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        Previous Conferences 
        2012 Service is the Solution! Serve Idaho Conference»
        Over 230 people attended the 12th annual Serve Idaho Conference held in Post Falls, Idaho. Attendees gathered together to participated in service projects and heard dynamic speakers during this three day conference on community service and volunteerism.  

        2011 Service in the New Decade! Serve Idaho Conference»
        Serve Idaho hosted this year's conference March 9-11 at the Boise Hotel and Convention Center. Over 250 attendees had the opportunity to learn from regional and national experts, attend the Celebration of Service dinner and participate in a service project.



        Agenda at a Glance

        Tuesday, February 12

        8:00-9:30 Session A
        9:30-9:45 Break
        9:45-11:15 Session B
        11:15-12:45 Session C
        12:45-2:00 Welcome Lunch
        2:00-3:30 Session D
        3:30-5:00 Session E
        5:00-6:00 Networking &
        6:00-7:30 Celebration of Service
        Keynote: Shawn

        Join us at our Celebration Dinner 

        February 12, 2013 Keynote:
        "I Can Climb Any Mountain!" 
        Shawn Anderson

        Six-time author and founder of Extra Mile Foundation

        Wednesday, February 13

        7:00-8:00   Registration
        8:00-9:30  Session F
        9:30-9:45  Break
        9:45-11:15  Session G
        11:15-12:45   Session H
        12:45-1:45  Lunch
        1:45-3:15  Session I
        3:15-3:30 Break
        3:30-5:00  Session J
        Click here for the schedule of all the training sessions

        2013 Presenting Sponsor

        State Farm