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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: February 20, 2015


NEW CASTLE (Feb. 20, 2015) - The State Office of Volunteerism and the Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators (DAVA) are teaming up to host the March 2 Delaware Conference on Volunteerism at Dover Downs Hotel. If you are a volunteer administrator, work for a nonprofit, or serve on the board of a nonprofit, this conference can offer you important information and insight.

Cost is $80 for association members; $90 for non-members. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, as well as conference sessions.

The conference keynote speaker will be Sylvia Allen, president of Allen Consulting and founder of Sylvia's Children, a nonprofit that operates a school in Uganda. Her talk will include ways to create or heighten awareness about your organization in order to engage volunteers, sponsors, and the media.

Individual session topics include: engaging corporations; how to disagree agreeably; generating income through fundraising; grant writing; recognizing volunteers; and dealing with bullying in the workplace.

To learn more about the speakers and sessions, visit . To register, visit

"As Delaware builds an even stronger network of nonprofit agencies and volunteers, this is a wonderful way to interact with your colleagues, learn from each other, and find out about best practices," said Carrie Hart, Volunteer Services Administrator.

For more information contact Carrie Hart at 302-857-5006 or The Delaware Conference on Volunteerism is sponsored by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, as well as platinum sponsors, the Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators and UnitedHealthcare.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.