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Exciting Conference Program Planned

This year’s conference will be the most exciting one yet. There are more than 170 learning sessions planned across seven workshop blocks -- from general sessions to workshops to immersion learning sessions to micro-plenaries to forums -- all featuring leaders from throughout the national service and volunteering sector. Some of the featured speakers and guests include: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams and former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford.

Daily Point of Light #4211, Jacob Liberman

At twelve, Jacob Liberman stood apart as a volunteer planting trees and, two years later, is using his enthusiasm and organizational ability by joining the organization, treepeople.org, and creating a 41-volunteer project.

Daily Point of Light #4210, Breanna McGowan

Breanna McGowan has the heart of a missionary. While volunteering at Outreach orphanage in Ghana for Projects Aboard, she genuinely cared for the children. She wondered how much more improved their futures would be if they only had the resources, and even spent her souvenir money on food for the orphanage. Therefore, when she returned to the United States, she had a goal: to make a tangible difference. Breanna’s work in Ghana inspired her to start a foundation called All’s God Children Got Shoes, which sends school supplies and shoes to the children in Ghana.

Register Now!

Register now for the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service!

Registration is now live! Register today for the world’s largest gathering of volunteer leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors at the early bird rate of $375!

Review the conference sessions to become familiar with the conference program before registering.

Daily Point of Light #4208, Kittie Caston

With a smile on her face, Kittie Caston happily accepts whatever challenges are before her, and she embraces others for their abilities, not disabilities. Why? Being deaf taught Kittie to be non-judgmental and give people with disabilities the opportunity to shine. Wanting others to have that chance at a normal life, Kittie’s 30 years of volunteer service with the Special Olympics in Georgia helps individuals with disabilities learn discipline, team camaraderie and self-confidence.

Daily Point of Light #4207, Nicole Muller

Any other ordinary 16-year-old high school junior would be more worried about other tasks like what to wear to prom or what college to apply to.  But Nicole Muller is no ordinary 16-year-old high school junior.  Founder of the Neighbors-4-Neigghbors food drive (fall 2009), Nicole has help fill a depleted food bank in Charlottesville, Virginia while maintaining a GPA of 3.96 (out of a 4-point scale) and taking AP and Honor classes.

Daily Point of Light #4206, Neha Gupta

At a very young age, Neha Gupta learned of the needs of underprivileged children. Embracing her heritage, she spent each birthday giving food and gifts to orphans in India while visiting her grandparents. By age nine, Neha was distraught to learn the orphans lacked the means to acquire proper education.  Understanding the importance of an education and a supportive family to guide one through life, she turned her empathy for the children into action. 

Daily Point of Light #4205, Grant Reed

Although he’s still in school to become a doctor, Grant Reed didn’t wait for a diploma to begin helping his community to heal. As a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, Grant created the Illini Medical Screening Society (IMSS). IMSS is a student-run mobile health clinic that provides free medical screening service to the underserved and uninsured residents of Champaign County.

Daily Point of Light #4204, Allison Bradford Gorrie

A visionary has sight for a cause, Allison Bradford Gorrie can relate. She may be visually impaired, but Allison sees the impact of charity pristinely. Born with a birth defect that causes low vision, Allison, 16,has adapted to blindness and is a lifetime patient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Ophthalmology. Not wanting her impairment to deter her from teenaged independence, she is learning to use bioptic driving glasses and other visual aids with the help of the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation.

Daily Point of Light #4203, Adner Marcelin

When dealing with the well being of the community, Adner Marcelin has no boundaries. A friend once told him that he could not invest his personal finances in his community. He simply said, “If it will help one person improve their situation, then it improves the community that I am a part of. That’s money well spent.” Adner, 22, strives to make a positive influence in his community. He has mentored young people with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend and the NAACP Youth Council to make a difference with others.

Daily Point of Light #4202, Todd Schmidt

Todd Schmidt knows sacrifice. As a U.S. Army Soldier of 13 years, he dedicates every day of his life to serving his country, and his unwavering desire to serve transcends patriotism. Surveying local schools during his deployment in Afghanistan,he noticed the students desperately needed basic classroom and school supplies. 

Daily Point of Light #4200, Gloria Owczarski

One of the greatest gifts a volunteer can give is not just a dollar, a lesson, or a bit of their time, but a new feeling or confidence in the person they are helping. Gloria Owczarski’s Day of Beauty does this by beauty treatments to kids with special needs. Using her own experience with the special needs population as inspiration, she has inspired others to do the same. Growing up with a sister with Down Syndrome, Gloria has always had an interest in the welfare of the special needs population. Already a swim couch for the Special Olympics, Gloria decided she could do more.

Daily Point of Light #4199, Betsy Beckmann

Betsey Beckmann will literally give you the clothes off of her back.  In fact, she has.  With a smile, she has given a child a coat of hers to keep warm during the brutal winters in the St. Louis, Missouri area.   It is with this same wit and passion that Betsey started and organized Coat-A-Kid, an organization that provides coats to low-income families during the winter.

Daily Point of Light #4198, Carly and Molly Houlahan

Carly and Molly Houlahan have learned how to overcome problems and use their tribulations to inspire change with their honey selling business Hive for Lives.  After experiencing the loss of their grandfather to esophageal cancer at young ages, Carly and Molly Houlahan, at the ages of 9 and 11, started a honey company where profits go to the research of cancer cures.

Daily Point of Light #4197, Alyssa Hersey

Alyssa Hersey is a perfect example that change can start with anyone, anywhere, at anytime.  A young teen that excels at her school work, Alyssa has used her passion for change to inspire her peers  through her organization USE IT, U can Serve Everywhere, Involve your Talent. Alyssa has been taught the importance of giving back since the tender age of 8.  As she recalls on her website, “My parents have always demonstrated giving back and have shown me and my siblings that volunteering starts at home and there are no efforts too small.” 

Daily Point of Light #4196, George Saidah

George Saidah has used a pastime of his and has invented a program where children with special needs, specifically those with the conditions of autism and Down’s Syndrome, can learn the power of sailing the open waters.  Hearts of Sailing offers free sailing trips to those children affected by such disorders like autism and Down’s Syndrome.

Conference Scholarships Now Available

Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service are pleased to offer scholarships to cover the costs of registration for up to 100 individuals. We encourage and invite a diverse community of all ages to apply for registration scholarships. It is important to note that there will be additional expenses including travel, hotel accommodations and food for attendees who are not residing in New York City.

Click here to learn more and apply today!