Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

Service is the Solution!

Serve Idaho's 12th annual Serve Idaho Conference on Service and Volunteerism.  
February 22-24, at Red Lion Templin's Hotel, Post Falls

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


  • Learned best practices, strategies and new ways of doing business from the state's best thinkers and practitioners of service and volunteering
  • Connected with peers, experts and leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors
  • Were inspired by dynamic speakers and stimulating forums, workshops and panel discussions and keynote speakers
  • Made an impact by participating in service projects and engaging with local community

Keynote speakers in 2012 included:


Cathryn Berger Kaye
Author and international service learning consultant
Darell Hammond
CEO and founder of KaBOOM!

Kim Barnes
Author of A Country Called Home

Winner of the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction

Service Projects
On Thursday February 23, 2012, conference attendees participated in a variety of service projects throughout Post Falls.

This year's service projects include:

Project Linus –– Located at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel in the Blue Heron Conference Room.  Get Creative! Volunteers will be helping to make fleece blankets, cards for the kids who will receive the blankets and miscellaneous other items to help Project Linus carry out their mission.

St. Lukes Children’s Hospital (Learn and Serve Idaho) ––
Located at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel in the Merganser Conference Room. Brighten a Childs Day! Volunteers will be making worry dolls for kids at St. Lukes Children’s Hospital.

Q’emilin Park ––
Located at 12201 W. Parkway Dr Post Falls. Grab your Gloves!  Volunteers will be doing park cleanup as long as there is no snow on the ground. If there is snow on the ground volunteers will be repairing and painting the restroom facilities.

Post Falls City Hall ––
Located at 408 N Spokane St. Post Falls. Roll up your Sleeves!  Volunteers will be taking down the holiday lights around City Hall, checking the lights to make sure they are working and then packing them up for storage.

Operation: Military Kids --Serve Idaho has partnered with Operation: Military Kids to encourage the community to donate items and personal letters for "Hero Packs" to be given to children up to age 16. We have backpacks waiting to be filled with small items and letters of support for kids! We will be accepting items at the conference.  Don't forget to write a letter for a child during the conference!

Here are a few ideas to consider:

Stuffed animals                       Hats & scarves                         Stickers                                     Games

Journals                                  Frisbees                                    Gift cards                                   Picture frames

Notepads                                 Rulers                                       Paints                                         Yo-Yos

Postage stamps                         Magnets                                    Coloring books                            Playing cards

Disposable cameras                   Books                                        Flashlights                                  Pens & pencils

CD’s & DVD’s                           Photo album                               Batteries                                   Markers & crayons


Listed below are the 2012 Serve Idaho Conference sponsors. The generous contributions from these individuals and businesses make our conference possible. Please remember to support and thank them for their contribution to service and volunteerism in Idaho.

Presenting Sponsor

Partnership Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors



Training Session Materials

  • Thanks to over 25 trainers presenting we were able to have fantastic workshops during our conference!  Below you will find some of the workshop handouts and presentations.

    » Life after AmeriCorps & 

  • Make Your Meetings Matter presented by Charlette Kremer

  • » AmeriCorps NCCC presented by Deanne Reeves
    » Using Prezi as a Volunteer Orientation Tool &Tips to Use Prezi presented by Beth Ultis and Kelley Standal
    » Your Service is the Solution to Making your Resume Stand Out presented by Kelli Laxon, Cynthia Mika & Beth Riggin
    » Wilderness Service-Learning: Summer Backcountry Field Course presented by Jim Elkins
       Wilderness Service-Learning U. Idaho FaceBook Page
    » Communication and you desire to serve presented by Maryruth Dilling

    Conference Information
    » Opening Lunch Keynote - Darell Hammond
    » Celebration of Service Dinner Keynote - Cathryn Berger Kaye
    » Closing Lunch Keynote - Dr. Kim Barnes 
    » 2012 Serve Idaho Conference Program
    » 2012 Agenda at a Glance
    » 2012 Training Session Descriptions
    » 2012 Schedule of Training Sessions 
    » 2012 Trainers/Presenters

    National Service Night Out

    Are you a National Service Member? Join us for dinner on February 23 at MoonDollars Resturant hosted by Serve Idaho! 
    More Details »
    Idaho Department of Labor Corporation for National Service & Community Service Office of the Governor