National Conference on Volunteering and Service

  Notes from the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service


  The venue was the McCormick Conference Center in Chicago. Keynote speakers included Chicago mayor Raim Emanuel, Jill Biden, and Barbara Bush, and actor Kevin Bacon. I took away a number of good ideas from many great organizations. I would like to share two organizations of particular interest related to the environment.

  1. TerraCycle ( offers national programs to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste. Most offer free shipping as well as a donation for each piece of garbage that is collected.
  2. RandomKid ( is an award winning organization for kids, educators and youth group leaders that is changing the world.

Both websites offer a variety of project ideas, resources, and support information for educators. Check them out!

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