Serve Idaho 2019 Conference

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Serve Idaho 2019 Annual Conference

We invite you to attend the 2019 Serve Idaho Conference. Join more than 200 volunteer coordinators, nonprofit and public professionals who want to improve how they engage their communities, organizations and volunteers. Check out a schedule here.

Registration closed March 19, 2019

Date: March 27 and 28, 2019, at Boise State University

Conference Breakdown:

March 27: General conference day. Attendees include nonprofit/public agency leaders, volunteer managers/coordinators, higher education staff, AmeriCorps program staff and members.

Regular registration cost (Feb. 23 - March 19): $85

 

March 28: AmeriCorps post-conference workshop. Attendees include only AmeriCorps program staff and members. The cost to attend both the general conference day and the AmeriCorps post-conference workshop is $140.

Service Projects:

This year, Serve Idaho is collaborating with The Meridian Idaho Days for Girls Team for a service project on Thursday, March 28. We will be working on parts of Reusable Feminine Hygiene Kits that will be sent worldwide to areas where women do not have access to these products. In order to complete the kits, there are items that can be donated. Please see the list below for items you can bring with you to help complete kits:

• Brightly Colored 100 percent cotton normal cut underwear (Girls size 10, 12, 14, or 16 or Women's size 5 ONLY) No animal, words or face prints. No boy shorts, brief cut is best. It is very hard to find all colored packs and they will dye white pairs but please choose packs with the fewest white possible (including white in the print).

• Gallon size ZIPLOC brand Freezer bags.

• Bright colored washcloths (Walmart mainstay brand are the best weight). White washcloths will be dyed but prefer packages with as few white as possible.

• Donations of feminine hygiene supplies (tampons, pads etc) that can be donated locally.

• New hotel size bars of soap.

• There will be a donation jar available for those wishing to donate funds to purchase fabric and supplies to help the chapter get more kits into the hands of women and girls around the world. Each kit costs about $10.

If you would like to purchase items online that can be sent to the chapter directly, or if you would like to see examples of specific items they are looking for you can see the registry here. Questions about Days for Girls or items to donate can be directed to meridianid@daysforgirls.org.

Keynote Highlights:

Luke Mickelson

Luke Mickelson

Growing up in small town Kimberly, Idaho, Luke Mickelson learned the value of service and hard work. Luke spent 18 years of his professional career working for an Idaho-based water treatment company, and eventually was promoted to vice president over sales and marketing.

Luke found his calling in 2012, when he started Sleep in Heavenly Peace, leaving the water treatment industry in 2017 to pursue this new passion full time — building and delivering bunk beds for children in his community. Since then, Sleep in Heavenly Peace has grown into a 100+ chapter charity, spanning across 40 states and helping more than 4,000 children receive their very own beds.

Stephanie Taylor-Silva

As a place where she once served time, Stephanie credits the Idaho Department of Correction for saving her life. On her path to help others create their own success stories, Stephanie now is giving back as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Idaho Department of Corrections Free2Succeed Community Mentor Program. The program matches recently released incarcerated individuals with community mentors who assist in creating support systems and finding employment with a goal of decreasing recidivism in Idaho.

Stephanie is a certified peer support specialist, certified family support partner and certified recovery coach. In her off time, she volunteers at the Idaho Meth Project, Truth 208 and the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho.