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Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism


Link to 2017 info

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 
University of Maine
Orono, ME

2017 Keynote Session Presenter

tobi johnsonTobi Johnson is an international expert and master trainer in volunteer engagement. She is known for her modern thought leadership, highly practical evidence-based strategies, and innovative, "big hat" thinking around engaging, supporting, and acknowledging the work of volunteers. She is the President of Tobi Johnson & Associates, a consulting firm whose mission is to help nonprofit organizations make connections with remarkable volunteers.

In 2015, she founded VolunteerPro, an online training and networking community for leaders of volunteers.Tobi has over 25 years direct experience in nonprofit management, program development, program coordination, training delivery and learning design in the social sector. She wrote Chapter 1 of Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights for Transforming Volunteer Programs in a Changing World, published by Jossey-Bass in 2015.

She was the Chair for the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) Job Analysis Task Force; responsible for updating the required the competencies for the fields only internationally recognized credential. Each year, she also conducts the Volunteer Management Progress Report, a global state-of-the-industry survey. In 2016, over 1,000 professionals from 18 countries participated.

For the last decade, she has worked with local, state, national, and international human services networks and programs, including Volunteering Australia, CharityHowTo, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Pro Bono Australia, the Kansas Health Foundation, Enroll America, the National Trust (UK), the National SHIP Resource Center, AARP, Random Acts of Flowers, Meals on Wheels Association of America, and others. She speaks and trains in the US and abroad at national and local gatherings of volunteer professionals.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Tobi is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She now lives in East Tennessee 

Johnson will join Maine volunteer leaders as the keynote and a session presenter.

Who attends this conference?

Everyone seeking to make communities stronger by engaging citizens in service!

Conference Fee - Registration Opens August 7

$90  (Early Bird fee is $75; good through Sept. 30) 
Registration covers morning reception, lunch, all sessions and conference materials. 
Additional discounts available for members of PAVA, AVA, VAMM, Franklin Volunteer Network. Also supervisors of AmeriCorps, VISTA, or Senior Corps participants. Contact group or program leadership for discount code. 

Conference Organizers

2017 Conference Planning Committee

  • David Wihry, UMaine Center on Aging   
  • Nichole Ernest, United Way of Tri Valley Area
  • Sue Asselin Hawthorne, Sweetser
  • Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director, Maine Commission for Community Service 
  • Janelle, Wuoristo, United Way of Eastern Maine 
  • Lisa Morin, Director, Bodwell Center, University of Maine
  • Mandela Gardiner, Volunteer Management Consultant
  • Kerrie Keller, UWGP Project Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement

2017 Sponsors

logos for machias savings bank and cabot cheese and commission and foundation