The Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism creates opportunities for inspiration, connection, and building 21st century skill sets that support the continued evolution and impact of Ohio’s service and volunteerism professions.


2021 Virtual Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism

Shaping the Future of Service & Volunteerism

October 27 - 28, 2021


Keynote Panel

Shaping the Future of Service & Volunteerism
Over the past 18+ months, we've developed innovative ways to continue to engage volunteers, help the most vulnerable members of our communities, and offer critical services across Ohio. Much has changed - our approach to volunteer engagement has changed and the wants and needs of our members and volunteers has changed. As we start to get more comfortable in our new normal, how do we leverage these changes to build our service and volunteer programs better than before? Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on how we have a real opportunity to shape the future of service and volunteerism in our communities to build strong, impactful service and volunteer programs in Ohio. 


Rachel Manuel Bruns
Deputy Director
America's Service Commissions


Barry Altland
Writer, Speaker, Thought Leader
Head, Heart, Hands Engagement Collective


Nicole R. Smith
Author, Motivational Speaker, Blogger


Valerie Beutel
Director, CHANGE, INC AmeriCorps Program, Baldwin Wallace University

Keynote Presentation

Leveraging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to Build Stronger Service & Volunteer Programs
How does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) impact volunteer engagement, giving, and donors? How do we get beyond DEI because it’s the right thing to do and move to DEI because it makes our organizations, programs, and communities stronger? In this interactive keynote, Kevin Clayton, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement for the Cleveland Cavaliers, will use storytelling and data to demonstrate how leveraging DEI will help us build back stronger and more impactful organizations and programs.

Kevin Clayton
Vice President Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement
Cleveland Cavaliers



Breakout Sessions

The conference will feature twelve breakout sessions from service and volunteerism experts across the country. Take a look at the high quality sessions for this year's conference. 


Preconference Mindfulness and Guided Meditation Sessions

October 27 & October 28 11:15 - 11:45 AM
Join us for optional preconference mindfulness sessions to get you in the frame-of-mind for learning! These sessions will include an introduction to stress and tendencies of the mind and introduce breathwork, meditation, and social connection as tools for well-being. The goal of this session is to provide tools to create awareness on the value of self-care and mind-body connection.


Guided Networking Sessions

October 27 & October 28 3:30 - 4:00 PM
Join us for Guided Networking with your fellow service and volunteerism professionals from across Ohio! Participants will be able to self-select breakout rooms to join with topics based on the day’s sessions.  These sessions will be guided but informal and participants can stay for as much or as little time as they prefer.


Conference Planning Committee

  • Amanda Billegas - Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, Toledo
  • Ann Cancelliere - HandsOn at BVU, Cleveland
  • Ava Carvour - ServeOhio, Columbus
  • Holly Elkins-Lopez - Project Read, Dayton
  • Elizabeth Garrabrant – Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Columbus
  • Gerard Kelly – Senior Corps/VISTA, Youngstown
  • Sean Noe - Ohio Reading and Math Corps, Columbus
  • Meredith Pugh - ServeOhio, Columbus
  • Sarah Short - ServeOhio, Columbus
  • Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss - ServeOhio, Columbus
  • Merle Walker - Lake Metroparks, Cleveland
  • Michael Young – Give Back Cincinnati, Cincinnati
  • Allie Zimmerman - Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton



Contact Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss at


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