Building A Better Arizona Through Volunteerism and Civic Engagement!

Arizona’s only statewide event dedicated to deepening, elevating, and supporting the state’s extensive networks of community volunteer and civic engagement leaders and programs, the Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement allows individuals and groups to further develop and foster their skills to better serve Arizona’s community needs through collaborative effort.

The Summit consists of two days of engaging plenary speakers, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities designed to inspire, energize and mobilize volunteer leaders and civic engagement practitioners of all ages, background and abilities.

A dedicated committee of state-wide,  volunteer sector leaders collaboratively steer the organization of this annual, statewide event, in conjunction with many local and national partners.

Over 540 volunteer and civic engagement leaders attended the Summit last year representing 47 communities and 196 organizations throughout the state attended the 2014 Summit that offered 62 workshops sessions that emphasized, skill-building, professional development opportunities, featured thought-provoking innovative examples and awareness-raising issue forums.

The Summit has awarded over $29,000 in grants to participants over the last five years. Allowing attendees the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned at the Summit and to create volunteer and civic engagement projects in their own communities.

Volunteerism – A worthwhile and important unpaid activity to fulfill unmet needs in the community.

Civic Engagement – Working to make a difference in the quality of life of our communities by developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation that are combined with positive action to make a difference!

Service-Learning – A core curricular component that ties service to specific learning objectives as a means for students to apply and deepen learning about community and themselves.