News Release    

Release: #02062018

Contact:   Kim Vrooman at 618-580-0303;


2018 Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference provides a day of training and support for those who devote their time and energy to serving nonprofits in their communities.


Thursday April 26, 2018; 8:00am - 4:00pm
BelleCourt Place, 120 North Jackson Belleville, IL 62220

$41.00 Admission Includes Breakfast and Lunch; Scholarships Available


Are You Born to Serve?  Looking for Training Resources?


Attention all non-profit staff, volunteers, board members, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, churches, social and civic service organizations, non-profit studies majors, and community servants: Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference comes to the Metro East on Thursday April 26, 2018 and runs from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at BelleCourt Manor in Belleville, Illinois.  The conference includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverage station as well as professional development workshops and networking opportunities.


The goal of the Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference is to provide training and support to those who devote their time and energy to volunteering in their community or working with volunteers. We bring quality training to your backyard to ensure you have the tools you need to succeed.


SIVC proudly presents Retired Colonel Jill Morgenthaler as the 2018 SIVC Keynote Speaker. Colonel Jill Morgenthaler is a woman of many firsts. She was in the experimental class where the Army tested to see if women could lead men. She was a 22-year-old commander along the border of North and South Korea. She was the first woman battalion commander in the 88th Division, and she was the first woman brigade commander in the 84th Division, leading hundreds of Soldiers across six states. Colonel Morgenthaler ran homeland security for Illinois. In 1980, Colonel Morgenthaler spoiled a Soviet plot to kidnap an American satellite engineer. In Iraq, she faced off with Saddam Hussein. Today, Colonel Morgenthaler is a global speaker on leadership and empowerment. McGraw-Hill published her the book Courage to Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer.  Her presentation entitled: “Leading From the Front: Leadership Amidst Chaos” shares how organizations face unpredictability every day. She will cover five core leadership components necessary for facing a crisis; showing how to apply specific leadership skills for managing the change or crisis. Crisis leadership skills are necessary to save lives, property and the reputation of organizations.


SIVC Conference Workshop Sessions (choose one per session to attend):

Workshop Session 1

  • Building vs. Fixing: the True Path to Everyone’s Best Version
  • Financial Literacy for Nonprofits
  • Self Care for Volunteers/Development Staff
  • Your Attitude is Showing

Workshop Session 2    

  • Strategies for Effective Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
  • QuickBooks for Nonprofits I
  • Social on a Shoestring: Harnessing Social Media Marketing for Your Mission
  • Looking Through the Wise Eyes of Seniors

Workshop Session 3

  • Charitable Organization Information Session
  • QuickBooks for Nonprofits II
  • Integrating Volunteerism with Healthcare Emergency Preparedness
  • Designing Informed Action Through Service Learning for High School Students

Slots are filling up quickly for the 2018 Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference. You may visit the website to register and pay online, or email Kim Vrooman at or call 618-580-0303 to make registration and payment arrangements.


SIVC offers a limited number of attendance sponsorships thanks to generous support of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and The Meridian Society.  If you would like to nominate your organization, or an organization or individual you know, please fill out the nomination form on our registration page.  


Please visit the Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference website: and follow us on Facebook


REGISTER HERE (send this link to your team members)
and PURCHASE TICKETS HERE (for you and your team)

Note: All RSVPs and Registrations are due by Monday April 16, 2018



2018 Supporters:

Serve Illinois    

SIUE Foundation and the Meridian Society
Service Year

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Belleville Senior Corps

Belleville AmeriCorps

Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps

One Hope United Foster Grandparents

Tapestry of Community Offerings