Attendees to the Reimagining Service Summit were welcomed by emcee Derrell Connor.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2013

Over 100 business, nonprofits, houses of faith, funders and leaders came together to bring new enthusiasm to the movement of volunteerism in Dane County.                                                                                  

On Friday, December 13th United Way of Dane County held it’s the first local summit focused on bringing volunteerism and the community to a whole new level. Reimagining Service Summit-Taking Good Intentions to Greater Impact sponsored by United Way, DCAVS and the Business Volunteer Network brought together local nonprofits, businesses, philanthropists, faith-based organizations and government sectors from across Dane County to talk about how we can “reimagine service” in our community. Reimagining Service Summit is helping to ignite a community wide conversation about service, volunteerism and what it means to the growth of Dane County.

“We know that a volunteer ecosystem is more effective when all sectors, from every part of our community, play a role. Volunteerism is a core strategic function of our community, not an add-on,” says JoAnn Hart from Boardman & Clark LLP and Co-Chair of the Summit Planning Team.  “The Reimagining Service Summit provided everyone in our community with a great opportunity to learn about ways to transform volunteer engagement in Dane County.”

The Summit featured a keynote from Kaira Esgate from the Reimagining Service Coalition which is a national, multi-sector coalition dedicated to increasing social impact through effective volunteer engagement.

Attendees had the chance to attend a multitude of workshops, talkbacks, and informative sessions around:

  • How to Justify, Fund and Retain Volunteer Managers
  • Volunteerism is Good for Business
  • How to Have Effective Partnerships Between Nonprofits and Businesses
  • Focusing Volunteers on the Needs in Neighborhoods
  • Putting Your Time Where Your Faith is: Partnering with Nonprofits

In addition, attendees also developed over 40 action plans reaching businesses, organizations and community partners. Next steps for this work will happen, when the Reimagining Service Summit Committee will reconvene to put together a work plan for the year.

“The progress that United Way and other nonprofit organizations are making in Dane County, including progress toward the goals of our community’s Agenda for Change, are made possible by volunteers—the local heroes who take action to ensure that our needs are met,” says Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO, United Way of Dane County.  “Volunteers accelerate our progress in our community’s Agenda for Change. We couldn’t do what we do without them. This Summit helped us raise awareness of the importance of volunteer movement and how it can transform a community.”

To learn more about volunteerism in Dane County to or to get connected with Reimagining Service contact Kathy Martinson at 246-4356 or kathym@uwdc.org.

Our Community’s Agenda for Change


  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.


  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.


  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

United Way engages our community, mobilizes volunteers, and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County. Visit us at www.unitedwaydanecounty.org