First Ever Massachusetts Civic Summit

The following e-mail is from Patrice Keegan:

A Call to the Massachusetts Volunteer Sector
“One of the great joys of the work we do is knowing that people are making an incredible difference in our communities through their volunteer service – and one of the greatest frustrations is how little is known, beyond our immediate circles, about the scope, impact and power of volunteerism.

Let’s Change That!

“On November 16th, 2007 people will come together in Worcester for the first-ever Massachusetts Civic Summit, to raise awareness about the importance of civic involvement among government, business, and community leaders, and engage them in finding effective ways to work together. The Summit will focus on major civic engagement sectors including volunteerism, neighborhoods and networks, civic education, and electoral politics and policy. The Summit is expected to attract several hundred participants, and..Governor Patrick…will be among the speakers.

Who’s Behind This?

“The Civic Summit is being planned by a collaborative group of leaders representing organizations including: AARP, Boston Cares, The Boston Foundation, Brandeis University, City-wide Dialogues, Civic Ventures, Common Impact, Corporate Volunteer Council, The Community Youth Alliance, Human Services Forum, Generations Incorporated, The Governor’s Office of Public Liaison, Jumpstart, Leadership MetroWest, Massachusetts Campus Compact, MassInc, Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, Massachusetts Service Alliance, Mount Wachusett Community College, MYTOWN, Social Capital Inc., Twin Cities Latino Coalition, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, UMass Boston’s Center for Collaborative Leadership, UMass Civics Initiative, and many others.

“I am writing to encourage you to save the date for the Summit, and to invite your participation in the planning process. I am especially hoping you will be interested in the Volunteer Track, which I am co-chairing with Theresa Ellis of Common Impact. Specifically, our committee is looking for colleagues interested in teaming up to develop the day’s actual program…the Volunteer Track…[which we envison] will bring a range of volunteer stakeholders together, establish baseline understandings about our field, convey how our seemingly disparate efforts combine into a critical service sector and challenge one another to begin building an inspiring volunteer movement in our Commonwealth. The morning session, Painting the Volunteering Landscape, will focus on presenting what we know about “the state of volunteering in our State.” The afternoon session, Building a Game Plan to Inspire a Volunteer Movement in Massachusetts, will serve as a call to action, crafting an idealistic vision of what’s possible that can be tackled in achievable, bite-size pieces. The tone for both sessions will be upbeat, engaging, dynamic. Target Audience:

  • Volunteer program representatives from any setting
  • Deeply engaged volunteers
  • Representatives from entities that promote volunteering
  • Representatives from entities that support volunteering
  • Graduate students or others whose research and studies focuses on volunteering

“The First Step of Many to Come: While we have no illusions that the Volunteer Track’s morning session will provide an exhaustive picture of “the state of volunteering in our State,” we know whatever we present will be a huge step forward in establishing shared baseline knowledge of the Massachsuetts volunteer sector. This will also set the stage for the afternoon session, which is about envisioning a volunteer movement in Massachusetts (how audacious!) and articulating practical action steps to move things forward beyond the Summit.”

Click here for a one page overview of the Massachusetts Civic Summit and to register.

Governor Deval Patrick will speak at the Summit.

Contact Patricia Keegan (Boston Cares), 617-422-0910 x201, if interested in helping with the planning of this event.

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