Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Disaster Cooperation Keys National Volunteering Conference

Paul Clolery, editor-in-chief of The NonProfit Times, went down to New Orleans to cover this year's National Conference on Volunteering and Service, which is hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  We just posted an article he sent in about the event.  Here's an excerpt from it:

Republican pundit Mary Matalin yesterday referred to her husband, Democratic pundit James Carville, as “my service project.” For his part, Carville said New Orleans without music “might as well be Atlanta,” not that there's anything wrong with Atlanta.

The duo moved their family from the Washington, D.C., area to Carville's native New Orleans three years ago. They talked about that decision and the rebuilding of the hurricane ravaged city during the opening general session of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS). She is originally from Calumet City , Ill., but came to love New Orleans.

More than 4,000 people involved in various aspects on public service and volunteerism are attending the conference, which runs through Wednesday. They took on 25 service projects around the city prior to the conference officially opening on Monday. The event is convened by the Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

If the unlikely pair of Matalin and Carville can make a marriage work, then cooperation of federal, state and local governments and the nonprofit sector should be a breeze. But, it isn't. There are turf wars, varying skills levels and often a lack of management during a disaster recovery operation.

You can read the whole article by visiting our website.

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