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Follow the Music

The NCVS Closing Session will take place tomorrow at the Hilton New York in the America’s Hall I on the 3rd Floor at 12:30 p.m. Follow the music to the America’s Hall where conference conveners will announce next year’s location during a fun, festive, and brief program. This event is not a ticketed, but attendees should wear their badges.

Tuesday Update

Conference participants left the "Here's to YOU!" Inspiration Event Monday evening wowed and inspired by both the award recipients and the Broadway performers. The evening concluded on a very high note, and the energy and momentum is leading into a packed second day.

It's HERE!

The conference officially kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET today! The Hilton New York is buzzing with excitement as people register and take in the atmosphere for the first time.

Remember that you can catch two of today's sessions LIVE on our web site: http://www.volunteeringandservice.org. Both the It's Up to YOU! Opening Plenary and the "Here's to YOU!" Inspiration Event will be streamed live. Log on to watch and chat with others who are joining us virtually.

Know Before You Go...

We are only a few days away from the largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders in the world! As excitement continues to build for the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service would like to share tips to help you be as prepared as possible for this watershed event!

Schedules Finalized Today

Today is the last day to alter your schedule for the conference! Be sure to log back into the registration system, enter your confirmation code and make any modifications before 6 p.m. EST tonight.

You do not want to miss any of our exciting all-conference events - "It's Up to YOU" Opening Plenary session, "Here's to YOU!" Inspiration Event and Target Party for Good! Also be sure that you have registered for the micro-plenary sessions, forums, immersion learning sessions and workshops that you wish to attend.

Daily Point of Light #4289, Gerard Inguagiato

Tax season brings apprehension and anxiety to many people. Filling your taxes can be a daunting and time consuming experience. For hard working lower income families, having help to file your taxes is often out of reach – tax preparation cost money, and on a tight budget it may not be a possibility. Enter Gerard Inguagiato. A CPA by trade, Gerard volunteers for the Center for Economic Progress, an organization that offers free tax preparation for hard-working, low-income families at free tax sites in all across the state.

Daily Point of Light #4267, Dianne Guillot

In 2009 alone, Dianne Guillot logged in 1,800 volunteer hours and this is probably a small part of what the she actually gives to our community.  West Monroe, Louisiana is lucky to have a citizen like Dianne in it’s ranks!  She has served on the Advisory Board of both Retired Senior Volunteer Program and on the Community Emergency Response Team since 2004 and is president of the board of Communities Acting to Benefit Louisiana's Elderly. 

Daily Point of Light #4266, Karen Benson

Karen Benson continues to be instrumental in helping the state of Missouri recover from tornadoes, flooding, and severe weather – and she donates her time and expetise for free. Karen has a passion to serve those in need at their most vulnerable times after disaster strikes, and she is a leader in providing strong disaster case management training across the state. Karen, who lives in Mount Vernon, Missouri, has been a key member of the Missouri State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster movement for many years, serving in multiple roles.

What are you Aiming to Gain?

How many National Conference on Volunteering and Services have you been to?? None? One? Two? For me, it’s NINE conferences!!!!!!

Nine conferences? Where did this last decade go? Since my first appearance at the National Conference on Service and Volunteering in Salt Lake City in 2002, I have been every year as an attendee and presenter. I have also exhibited in the past three years.

I was reflecting today, as to what I have gained from this conference in the last nine years.

How to Use Social Media at NCVS

Here is a list of the ways you can leverage social media and online tools to get the most out of the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS).

Guest Post: Jon Mann

Today's guest post comes from workshop presenter Jon Mann. Enjoy!

The cause every one of you is volunteering and working to address is directly related to an urgent problem America faces today. If there was a way to bring Americans together everywhere, to present and choose a plan the majority believe would help solve that problem, would you want to know about it?