Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism


For over 30 years, professionals in the fields of service and volunteer administration have gathered to share trade secrets and network with the common goal of improving the lives of Ohio citizens through effective volunteer programming.  Each fall, ServeOhio hosts the annual Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism for volunteer program administrators, national service program directors, AmeriCorps members, philanthropy managers, and nonprofit leaders. The purpose of the conference is to create opportunities for inspiration, connection, and building of 21st century skill sets that support the continued evolution and impact of Ohio's service and volunteerism professions. 


2019 Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism

Volunteer Engagement: A Key to Resilient Communities


October 23, 2019

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH 43035



Special Guest

We're excited to welcome Brandi Lust as our conference keynote speaker. Brandi's keynote, Pause, Reflect, and Connect: 3 Tools to Care for Ourselves So We Can Care for Others, will focus on building our own resiliency so we can build resiliency in our volunteers, our organizations, and our communities. Additionally, Brandi will present breakout sessions during the conference including Mindfulness Part I and II and Preventing Burnout Through Compassion.

Brandi is an author and the founder of Learning Lab Consulting. Through both her work and her writing she helps schools, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals lower stress, build resilience, and create more connection through tools like mindfulness and social-emotional learning. All conference participants will receive a copy of Brandi's latest book, Myths of Being Human: Four Paths to Connect with What MattersLearn more about Brandi 


Featuring a World Café Opening Session

We all know that effective volunteerism and service leads to stronger, more resilient communities. But how can we build resiliency in ourselves, our volunteers, and our organizations to make a difference? To help us answer this question, Molly O'Neill - Executive Consultant, Mighty Crow - will facilitate a World Café session in which conference participants will be invited to work collectively to identify and discover strategies to build resiliency that will ultimately strengthen our communities.


Cost and Registration

Registration is now closed. 


8:00 - 8:30 AM: Registration & Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 AM: Opening Keynote and World Cafe
10:30 - 11:30 AM: Workshop Session A
11:45 - 12:30 PM: Lunch
12:45 - 2:00 PM: Workshop Session B
2:15 - 3:15 PM: Workshop Session C
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Closing Session


Session Descriptions

Take a look at the outstanding schedule of breakout sessions that are sure to meet the professional development needs of any volunteer & service professional! 



Contact Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss at rebeccah.verhoff-kiss@serveohio.gov or 614-995-5269.


Directions and Parking

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center is located at 100 Green Meadows Drive, Lewis Center, OH 43035. Enter the campus on Green Meadows Drive S and follow signs to  park in the West, Central, or South parking lots. The conference is being held in the Grand Ballroom in the Virginia Building. 

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Overnight Accommodations

Overnight accommodations can be booked at Nationwide Hotel at a rate of $129/night. The hotel is conveniently located on campus and is steps away from the conference facilities. It also includes complimentary breakfast. To book a room, call 614-880-4300.


2019 Planning Committee

  • Holly Ball - The Ohio State University, Toledo
  • Nadine Gamble - Forum for Volunteer Administrators, Cleveland
  • Holly Elkins-Lopez - Project Read, Dayton
  • Elizabeth Garrabrant - Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Columbus
  • Meghan Kaskoun - Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati
  • Saundra McBrearty - Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Delaware
  • Sean Noe - Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, Columbus
  • Meredith Pugh - ServeOhio, Columbus
  • Jennifer Sanders - ServeOhio, Columbus
  • Angie Smorey - Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati
  • Stacey Steed - Corporation for National and Community Service, Columbus
  • Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss - ServeOhio, Columbus
  • Merle Walker - Lake Metroparks, Cleveland


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