National Conference on Volunteering and Service emphasizes benefits of giving back
June 18, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- It's a way to give back but also keep an active resume during this tough job market. A conference at McCormick Place is all about the significance of volunteering for all involved.
Thousands of people gathered to strategize on service at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. It began Monday at McCormick Place and aims to bring together community organizers and corporations with employee volunteer programs around the world.
Organizers say service to one's neighbor is not political.
"At a time when our political system often feels broken, service and civic participation should be a uniting force in finding a more perfect union," said Points of Light's Michelle Nunn.
"You will learn more about yourself doing something for others than anything else in your life," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "This is a great country, and you owe your community and your country something back for being an American."
The conference is to be a motivator for those who do the work and those who recruit volunteers.
Attendance is up this year.
Volunteer recruiters say they have had highly skilled volunteers in recent years. While some are out of work, they are putting to use their time to help organizations in their communities. Recruiters say this is not only a boost for the organization, but it is way for job applicants to show how their skills transfer and their willingness to work.
The conference continues through Wednesday.
local, leah hope
- CTU vows not to re-elect mayor over school closings
- Chicago fast food workers protest for higher wages
- Police: Drive safely, buckle up on holiday weekend
- ABC7 Weather Forecast
- Brian Urlacher retires from NFL after career with Chicago Bears
- Census bureau finds Chicago is growing, but slowly
- Northlake man to be sentenced after kids found tied
- Jurors to resume deliberations at Trump trial
- Man sentenced in murder after alleged ad for sex with pregnant...
- Wayne Miller dies at 94; photos chronicled black Chicago life
- Ex-student allegedly threatened Glenbard East HS
- 2 bodies found in car in West Englewood
- Palmer House Hilton up for sale
- abcnews: Twitter Beefs Up User Security
- 7 in :77