CONCORD, NH – This spring, more than 550 individuals from New Hampshire and across the country are expected to participate in Volunteer NH’s 2021 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism. The conference is a professional development opportunity with the goal of supporting and strengthening New Hampshire’s volunteer programs and organizations.

Registration is now open for the conference, which will take place via Zoom from Tuesday, May 11, through Friday, May 14. The event will be entirely free for all attendees thanks to generous contributions from 2021 sponsors, including Change-Maker Sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care & Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The 2021 theme, “Moving Forward Together: Embracing Change,” invites participants to reflect on the past year’s events with the future in mind.

Live captioning will be provided by RELAY NH & during all sessions, and participants have the option to request additional accommodations during the registration process.

Dr. Shanita Williams will set the tone of the conference on Tuesday morning with her keynote address, “Community Building: How to Foster Inclusive & Connected Spaces.” Dr. Williams is a TEDx Speaker, coach, author and the Associate Vice President of Talent Engagement and Inclusion at Southern New Hampshire University. Her opening session will examine the power of community and the importance of belonging as we emerge from a year marked by isolation and division.

Governor Sununu has been invited to present the 2021 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Award during the Welcome & Keynote session.

When registering for the conference, participants will choose from topics such as volunteer management, professional development, marketing, fundraising, and more. As part of Volunteer NH’s ongoing efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion, they are pleased to be spotlighting a series of sessions exploring discrimination and accessibility within the volunteer realm. Many presenters will elect to balance lecture-style presentation with more interactive components such as breakout rooms, polls, and Q&A.

New in 2021:

  • Pre-recorded content: Several presenters are creating shorter, pre-recorded videos. These will be available the first week in May to view anytime before, during, and after the conference. There will be two live Q&A opportunities with these presenters.
  • Networking: There will be two dedicated networking opportunities.
  • Trivia: Attendees will test how much they learned during a game of Kahoot! to close out the conference. The winner will receive a prize.

Registration is open now through the conclusion of the conference on May 14.

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Volunteer NH is a nonprofit organization established in 2000, and is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and approved by the Executive Council. Volunteer NH envisions our state as a place where people volunteer together to build strong and connected communities. We bring our vision to life by engaging those communities to solve local challenges through volunteerism.