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NCVS Update: News and Resources

June 30, 2010

This week, the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) is being held in New York City. We are very proud to say that we have our very own contingent of TVC staff at the conference including Executive Director Mary Fitzgibbons, Associate Director Chris Smith, and VISTA Karla Micheli. We’re keeping track of the best and latest resources they encounter on our website. Here’s their first update:


The Volunteer Center of NW Suburban Chicago (TVC) presented at a pre conference event “Skills-based and Pro Bono Volunteering, How to do it?”  sponsored by Pfizer.  Pfizer presented their Global Health Fellows program, a pro bono program dedicated to connecting Pfizer colleagues with programs to help improve health in the developing world. To find out more about this nationally recognized program go to

TVC presented the SAVE program at one of the breakout sessions following Pfizer’s presentation.  Other breakout sessions presenters included Taproot Foundation, Common Impact and Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin County.

New Resources

The Corporation for National and Community Service and HandsOn Network put out a new skills-based volunteering guide “Skills-Based Volunteering: A New Generation of Service.”  This guide gives an overview of skills-based volunteering (SBV), benefits and tips for nonprofits, funders, companies, volunteers, and communities, as well as a list of SBV resource links. You can find this new guide at


TVC joined 5,000 + other attendees Monday afternoon at The Radio City Music Hall for the Opening Celebration.  The Target sponsored event was hosted by MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Featured guests included:

  • Michelle Nun, CEO Points of Light Institute
  • Patrick Covington, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Melody Barnes, Director, Domestic Policy Council
  • Michael R Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
  • Mark R Warner, US Senator from Virginia
  • Laysha Ward, President, Target Community Relations and the Target Foundation
  • Al Roker, television broadcaster
  • Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase and Co
  • Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Shaun Donovan, US Secretary of Housing and Development
  • Hank Azaria, actor, director and comedian
  • Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Shinnyo-en

First Lady Michelle Obama and Governor Patterson of New York made video appearances as well.

Watch Michelle Obama’s speech here:

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