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Virginia Volunteerism Summit

The Virginia Volunteerism Summit is the Commonwealth’s leading event for organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities. Presented by Serve Virginia, the Virginia Service Foundation and the Virginia Department of Social Services, the 2024 event featured more than twenty workshops, networking opportunities, and keynotes to promote innovation across the sector.

Taking place May 15-16, the 2024 Virginia Volunteerism Summit empowered stakeholders through engaging in powerful conversations and workshops to re-energize our shared passions for service. The 2024 theme was “Mapping the Future of Civic & Community Engagement.”

Our 2024 keynote speakers were Sue Carter Kahl, a nationally-recognized expert on volunteer engagement, who gave the opening keynote, titled, “Volunteer Data: From Compliance to Curiosity!,” and Breauna Dorelus, AmeriCorps alum and founder of Connecting the Cause, who gave a keynote titled, “From Charity to Co-Dreaming: a Truth-Telling Conversation on Reclaiming Volunteerism.” 

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Virginia's leading event for those passionate about making a difference.

The annual Virginia Volunteerism Summit inspires and equips organizations and individuals to make a significant impact through service in and to their communities. 

Participants hear from inspiring, nationally-known speakers about the impact and future of volunteerism, as well as collaboratively engage in workshops to learn best practices, co-create new ideas, and engage in spreading passion and inspiration throughout the sector


CONNECT: Over 300 Virginians gather each year for this event, representing over 53 counties and cities and hundreds of different nonprofit, faith based, and governmental organizations and volunteer programs.

LEARN: Expert speakers will share invaluable resources through keynote and workshop sessions, connecting you with the tools you need to expand your capacity and maximize your impact. 

ENGAGE: Serve Virginia and the Virginia Service Foundation are honored to host this event; however, we want to make space for the community to gather! This event centers volunteer engagement professionals, and is designed to support flourishing in the nonprofit and volunteerism sector.

What to Expect:

  • 300+ attendees from across Virginia
  • National, state, and local experts as speakers and panelists
  • Workshops designed to teach hands-on skills, facilitate lively discussion, and share information in an interactive format
  • Inspiring keynote sessions
  • Opportunities for networking, resource sharing, and more!

Sponsor the Summit

Summit sponsorships are a great way to engage with over 300 individuals representing the service and volunteerism sector in Virginia.  

Starting at $500, sponsors of the event will receive benefits including acknowledgements in event promotion, social media presence, messaging opportunities to and with attendees, and presence throughout the Summit platform. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kathy Spangler.

Highlights from the 2023 Summit

The 2023 Virginia Volunteerism Summit featured more than 25 workshops, 3 keynote sessions, and additional convenings based on special interests. We launched the new Serve Virginia brand and campaign, debuted the results of the 2023 Virginia Community Engagement Index, and forged new paths for the service and volunteerism sector to innovate and mobilize Virginians for action.