Registration is open for the annual Volunteer Delaware Conference, the state’s leading conference for organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities through volunteerism, set for April 30 in Dover.

Presented by the Delaware State Office of Volunteerism and the Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators, the conference will feature interactive instructional workshops and networking opportunities. This year’s conference, to be held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, is expected to attract more than 150 attendees from across the state.

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Pre-registration is $75 for DAVA members and $90 for those who are not yet members. Day of registration is $125. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and instructional sessions.

Patti Grimes, executive director of The Freeman Stage and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation in Selbyville, will give the keynote address titled “Leading a Highly Committed Service Culture.” In addition to her work leading The Freeman Stage and the grant management and capacity-building programs for the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Grimes is active in the community volunteering for the Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-School programs, as well as other service organizations.

Barry Altland, writer and nonprofit executive, will give the closing presentation, “That One Thing; Gaining Return out of Your Learning and Connection Investment.” Altland wrote “Engaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a Volunteer.”

Topics for the morning and afternoon breakout sessions include “Do good better” with Volunteer Delaware and Hands-on Connect — training; creating a voluntary advisory committee; social media marketing for business; corporate volunteering; and how to plan a one-day service event.

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