Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

2014 Serve Idaho Conference

Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers for a successful conference! 

Over 190 participants at the 2014 Serve Idaho Conference. . .
  • Made 47 blankets and decorated 50 quilt blocks for Project Linus to give to children in need throughout the state
  • Sent 70 postcards of encouragement to children through Send Kids the World
  • Made 45 worry dolls for children at St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Collected 63 books for Literacy in the Park, a program that brings story-times, activities, and little libraries to Idaho Foodbank lunch sites to combat summer learning loss
  • Learned, laughed, and reflected with speakers and presenters

If you would like to see photos from the event, visit the ServeIdaho Facebook page. To receive updates on next year’s conference and other Serve Idaho events, like us on Facebook or visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.

Stay tuned for information about the next Serve Idaho Conference
in the Spring of 2015.

Program Highlights (
Click here for a digital copy of the conference program)

The 14th Annual Serve Idaho Conference Rethinking Volunteerism is a gathering that focuses on learning best practices, strategies, and new ways of doing business from the state's best thinkers and practitioners of service and volunteering.


Conference topics include
: Volunteer Management Advocacy, Service Learning and the Common Core, Training Busy Staff to Succeed with Volunteers, Leading People to High Achievement, Communicating with Elected Officials, Strategies for Sustainability, and many more. 

Click here for an overview of conference workshops.   

Celebration of Service Dinner 

Tuesday March 4 from 5:30-7:00pm, the Celebration of Service Dinner celebrates teachers and students engaged in Service-Learning, volunteers, organizations and staff that support volunteers, and all those who give back to their communities. Keynote Betty Stallings will speak on the Power of Service. This event is included in the conference registration. Tickets for the dinner only are available through the registration link at the top of this page. 

Featured Speakers

Betty Stallings, MSW is a highly regarded international trainer, keynote speaker, consultant and author specializing in volunteer management, fundraising, leadership and board development. She teaches at universities, provides training for state, national and international conferences and consults with many non-profit organizations, public programs, hospitals and foundations. For the past 18 years, Betty has been the President of Building Better Skills whose mission is to inspire and empower people to effectively attract and utilize volunteer and financial resources to achieve their organization's mission.

José Phillips has been the Region Director of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Pacific Region Campus in Sacramento, California since 2010. José works in conjunction with NCCC headquarters to support NCCC and the Corporation for National and Community Service by promoting and supporting their strategic initiatives in the western part of the United States. 


Prior to this position, José spent 24 years with the California Conservation Corps--a program dedicated to youth development in academic education, environmental resource conservation, and community enhancement through volunteerism.  He was responsible for operational and financial management, and gained extensive experience in environmental conservation, energy efficiency and “Green” project development.


José’s public speaking experience is extensive and has yielded him opportunities to address diverse groups including State and Federal Legislators, County Board of Supervisors, State Prison inmates, Collegiate Athletes, High School Graduates, and CCC training graduates.  Regardless of his audience or the emphasis of his message, it is evident that his leadership, vision for community success, and compassion for people continues to serve well after the speech is over.

Kathleen Joy became the executive director at Oregon Volunteers in 1998 following a 25-year career in management, disaster relief and program development with the American Red Cross. She has also been a management consultant to Red Crescent societies in Africa and the Caribbean, and worked with Habitat for Humanity International, Rotary International, international hunger relief entities, and literacy and education organizations.

Matthew Wappett is the Associate Director of the University of Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UI College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Wappett also conducts research and writes about the effects of laughter on physical and mental health and genuinely enjoys teaching people how to laugh!  Dr. Wappett’s raison d’etre is to provide educators, counselors, and other professionals with the tools they need to manage their stress and to create healthy student-centered learning environments.


Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner will be hosting our conference this year and reduced room rates are available for attendees. The hotel is located at 1800 Fairview Avenue, Boise, ID 83702. Get Directions

Making Reservations
Individuals or groups seeking reservations at the Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner may call 208-344-7691 and ask for the group "Serve Idaho". Reservations must be made by Monday February 10, 2014 to assure the reduced rate of $77 Single Occupancy and $87 Double Occupancy


Exhibit Registration

Would you like to have access to an audience of over 100 national service members, non-profit leaders, educators, volunteer managers, and community members? Consider hosting an exhibit table at the Serve Idaho Conference. More information and application instructions here.

Conference fees

Other One-day Two-day
General Admission: $90 $175
National Service Members: $75 $140
Celebration Dinner Only $25 Included Included

Celebration Dinner is included in the registration fee, outside guests are welcome at $25 cost.
Please note that March 5 is Ash Wednesday and indicate any dietary restrictions when you register.

Previous Conferences 

2013 Volunteerism. . .Coming of Age Serve Idaho Conference» 

Serve Idaho hosted this year's conference February 12-13 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. Over 200 attendees participated in service projects to benefit the community, learned from regional and national experts, and attended the Celebration of Service dinner.  

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 March 4, 2014

7:00 - 8:00  Registration
8:00 - 9:00  Opening plenary
9:00 - 9:15  Break
9:15 - 10:30  Session 1
10:30 -10:45  Snack break
10:45 - 12:00  Session 2
12:00 - 1:00  Lunch
1:05 - 2:20 Session 3
2:20 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:15   Session 4
3:15 - 3:30 Snack break
3:30 - 4:45 Session 5
5:30 - 7:00   Celebration of Service Dinner
Keynote: Betty Stallings
The Power of Service: Sharing Our Stories

Wednesday March 5, 2014

8:00 - 9:15    Session 6
9:15 - 9:30 Snack break
9:30 -10:45 Session 7
10:45 - 10:55    Break
10:55 - 12:10   Session 8
12:10 - 1:10  Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 Session 9
2:30 - 2:40     Break
2:40 - 3:30   Session 10
3:30 - 3:45 Snack break
3:45 - 5:00     Closing Plenary

CEUs and Professional Development Units

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 a total of up to 10 PDUs for this conference. For more details about the CVA program and renewal requirements, visit www.CVAcert.org.

Exhibit Registration

Would you like to have access to an audience of over 100 national service members, non-profit leaders, educators, volunteer managers, and community members? Consider hosting an exhibit table at the Serve Idaho Conference. More information and application instructions here

2014 Presenting Sponsor

State Farm

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Serve Idaho Conference? Benefits of sponsorship and application information here
Idaho Department of Labor Corporation for National Service & Community Service Office of the Governor