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Northwest Illinois Volunteerism Conference Seeking Presenters
Join us in Moline on October 14th

NWIVCLogoThe Northwest Illinois Volunteerism Conference's mission is to provide quality development opportunities and valuable networking experience for anyone who manages, motivates or mobilizes volunteers to make a difference.

Presenters are provided free conference registration and luncheon. Presenters will be expected to bring their own workshop materials and handouts. Those submitting proposals will be notified of acceptance by July 20th, 2016.

The conference hopes to attract volunteer administration professionals with a wide range of knowledge and experience, representing the non-profit, governmental, and educational and private sectors in North West Illinois. Please plan for an average workshop attendance of approximately 25 participants. The goal for conference attendance is 100 and we hope to offer three workshops during each of three time slots.

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Volunteer of the Week

Kayleen Shaw

Kayleen Shaw

Kayleen is in her second year as an AmeriCorps member. She currently serves at Career Connections, sponsored by the YWCA of the Sauk Valley where she assists clients with resume writing, job search, and interviewing. In addition to preparing clients with those endeavors, Kayleen serves in the YWCA’s Career Closet boutique. There she has utilized the skills she learned at Maurice’s clothing store to transform the boutique into a place where women would want to shop. She inventoried all the clothing, sorted by type and size, and then staged the store by putting complete outfits together strategically placed with jewelry and handbags. She even enlisted the help of her mother and grandmother to assist with the endeavor.

Thanks to Kayleen’s mention to Maurice’s staff about the shortage of larger size professional clothing Maurice’s now offers a discount on purchases for every clothing item donated to benefit the boutique. Kayleen’s site supervisor says “She went above and beyond”. The Career Connections Boutique has been transformed into a place where women can shop for career clothes (free of charge) and feel confident in their appearance for their interview, and ultimately starting a new job. The YWCA and ABC AmeriCorps are ecstatic about Kayleen’s worthwhile efforts.

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Upcoming Events

7/19-20/2016 AmeriCorps Program Director Meeting Springfield
7/20/2016 AmeriCorps PERs Due
8/9/2016 AmeriCorps Program Director Call 1:00pm
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