Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

2015 Serve Idaho Conference

Hosted by:
Serve Idaho - Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism in partnership with Idaho Department of Labor and State Farm

The 15th Serve Idaho Conference Declared a Success!

Conference Highlights include:

 189 Conference attendees represented all areas of Idaho
- 32 Commissioner, Staff, Committee Members & Volunteers  
- 20 Training Topics, with experts in their field who donated their time and talent.
- 20 Training Topics, with experts in their field who donated their time and talent.  
- 10 Exhibitors
- In-Kind Contributions $10,000 in cash from State Farm & more than $17,000 from volunteers  
- Capital Matrix donated an IPad for a raffle prize, won by Ida Young
Capital Matrix donated an IPad for a raffle prize, won by Ida Young
Conference Photos can be viewed by Clicking Here 

Key Speakers:

Asim Mishra
Chief of Staff at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Asim Mishra serves as a senior adviser to the CEO, provides a leadership role to senior staff and guidance on broad policy issues and key Administration and agency relationships. Asim came to Washington, D.C. to serve in the Obama Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff at CNCS in April 2010.

Ben Quintana
Council member for the City of Boise, Organizational Development Program Manager for St. Luke’s  Health System

Ben has served in the nonprofit sector as a dedicated volunteer, community leader and public servant. He currently serves as an elected official on the Boise City Council and as an Organizational Development Program Manager for St. Luke's Health System.

Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck

Friends, Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray, walked "The Way of St. James" or The Camino, a 500-mile epic  journey across the vast terrain of northern Spain. However, Justin was in a wheelchair.

Tom Willmorth

Tom Willmorth is an Idaho-based lecturer and orator on service and volunteerism. For the past 20 years, Tom has traveled the state promoting new and innovative strategies to work very hard… for very, very little financial reward.

Local audiences may recognize Tom as a long-time actor/writer with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater and half the comedy team called the Fool Squad.

During the two-day conference attendees chose to attend presentations during different sessions, led by experts in their fields:

  • Corporate Volunteering - Panel discussion with Kimbery Allan – Hewlett Packard, Molly Lenty – Wells Fargo, Bryan Wewers – Idaho Power, Gary Smith - Regence BlueShield of Idaho
  • Crowdsourcing Community Change - Presented by Richard Johnson
  • Civic Engagement - Presented by Emily Walton
  • Got Impact - Presented by Monica Revoczi (Click Here to Download Presentation Handout)
  • Idaho @ Play - Coordination meeting with Serve Idaho
  • Ignite Change - Presentation by Shanna Endow
  • "Kids Today": Towards a Workplace Peace between the Generations - Presented by Nancy Buffington
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Why Reflect at All - Presented by Mike Stefancic
  • Life after AmeriCorps - Presented by Charlette Kremer (Click Here to Download the Life After AmeriCorps Handout)
  • Engaging in Youth - Neva Geisler & One Stone Youth Panel
  • Engaging Older Adults as Volunteers - Panel discussion with Miranda Hoefert - Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency RSVP, Helen Mayberry - Senior Companion Program of North Idaho, Lori Murdock - Foster Grandparent Program of Eastern Idaho & Bob Small - RSVP of North Idaho
  • Volunteer Training - Panel discussion with representatives from Family Advocates, Neighborhood Housing Services, the Idaho Humane Society and Mountain States Group/Idaho Suicide Hotline
  • Resume Writing - Presented by April Durrant
  • Get off the Island - Presented by Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS) (Click Here to Download the Organizing Volunteer Projects Handout) (Click Here to Download the Hosting a Volunteer Group Handout)
  • Avoiding Burnout - Presented by Penelope Hansen
  • Tapping Higher Education Resources to Expand Nonprofit Capacity - Presented by Gundars Kaupins & Caile Spear (Click Here to Download the PowerPoint Presentation)
  • Toolkits for Facilitating Group Volunteer Projects - Presented by Kara Brascia
  • Community Solutions Summit - Presented by the following speakers: April Durrant - Corporation for National and Community Serve, Lachelle Smith, Corporation for National and Community Service, Roger Sherman - Idaho Children's Trust Fund,  Kent Griffitts - VISTA Alumnus & retired CNCS Idaho State Director with group discussion facilitated by: Julie Armstrong - Idaho Commission for Libraries (Click Here to download the Poverty Discussion) (Click Here to View the Self Rescue Manual)

Celebration Dinner is an additional $25 cost and may be purchased during registration.


Riverside Hotel hosted our conference this year at reduced room rates for attendees.

Service Projects

This year's service projects included:   

  • 120 travel sized toiletries were donated.
  • Several Pounds of garbage were cleaned up from Greenbelt
  • Several handmade cards were created for the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Several Pre-Kindergarten literacy packets for mothers were created.


Presenting Sponsor

Partnership Sponsors

--Corporation for National & Community Service

--Idaho Department of Labor


Agenda at a Glance

Tuesday, February 24

 7:30 - 8:30  Registration
8:30 - 9:30 Opening with Asim Mishra 
9:45 - 11:15 Session 1
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch 
1:15 - 2:45 Session 2
3:00 - 4:30 Session 3
4:30 - 5:30 Networking
5:30 - 7:00 Celebration of Service Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Ben Quintana

Join us at our Celebration of Service Dinner

Wednesday, February 25

8:00-9:30 Session 4
9:45-11:15 Session 5
11:30-1:00 Lunch with Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck
1:15-2:45 Session 6
3:00-4:00 Closing


2015 Presenting Sponsor

State Farm

2015 Event Sponsors:

2015 Exhibitors:

Idaho Department of Labor Corporation for National Service & Community Service Office of the Governor