Virginia Volunteerism Summit

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

The annual Virginia Volunteerism Summit is the Commonwealth’s leading event for organizations and individuals creating positive change in their communities. Serve Virginia and the Virginia Service Foundation host the annual gathering, featuring a diverse array of workshops, networking events, and inspiring keynote speakers to promote innovation across the sector.

Save the dates for the 2024 Virginia Volunteerism Summit, May 15-16

The purpose of the Virginia Volunteerism Summit is to inspire and equip organizations and individuals to make a significant impact through service in and to their communities. Taking place virtually, the 2024 Summit will empower stakeholders through engaging in powerful conversations and workshops to re-energize our shared passions for service. 

Participants will 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. Our keynote sessions and national speakers will focus on sharing about:

  • Cultivating a culture of service, volunteerism, and civic engagement.
  • Building and supporting a more representative, integrated, and aligned network of partners.
  • Establishing a more robust resource and support infrastructure.

In addition to keynote sessions, participants will choose from full schedule of “masterclass” sessions, or workshops, to build skills, learn new ideas, and make connections with other leaders in service and volunteerism. The smaller group sessions will provide practical tools while facilitating thoughtful discussions and dialogue.

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
  • 40+ national, state, and local experts as speakers and panelists
  • 25 workshops designed to teach hands-on skills, facilitate lively discussion, and share information in an interactive format
  • 3 inspiring keynote sessions
  • unlimited opportunities for networking, resources 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.