37TH ANNUAL NAYDO CONFERENCE ON YMCA PHILANTHROPY . APRIL 24-27 . NEW ORLEANS

Conference Volunteers

Close to 250 people volunteer their time each year to help with one or more aspects of the conference. Our goal is 300 volunteers in 2018 to commemorate New Orleans 300th birthday in 2018. Volunteering is not just for currently employed staff attending the conference. We welcome current and former staff as well as YMCA retirees. Check out our Alumni and Retiree Team (ART).


Conference Committee

(advance and onsite work)

Key leadership roles are appointed by the NAYDO Council more than 18 months in advance of the conference dates, but there are many other positions on the committee that are recruited early in the year of the conference and some during the conference itself at the meeting held on Friday for those interested in serving for the following years. Besides the Chair for each of these categories there is a team of volunteers who assist. Currently the teams are:

  • Educational Tracks (deans are recruited for each track)
  • General Sessions
  • Communications Awards
  • Sponsors/Exhibitors
  • Registration
  • Session Volunteers (Workshop Conveners and Hosts)
  • Philanthropy Live!
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • International Components
  • Hot Topics
  • VIP (Volunteer in Philanthropy) Program
  • Young Professionals Program
  • Small Y Network
  • Host Y Volunteers

The committee holds monthly conference calls and key leaders meet for a 1-day planning meeting at NAYDO’s expense in June at the conference site.


Volunteer Positions During the Conference

(sign up on registration form unless otherwise noted)
  • Present a workshop  (Call for Presentation is available at the conference each year with a May 19 deadline for submitting proposals) (Alexis Lux at alux@ymcaokc.org)
  • Facilitate a Hot Topic table discussion (Kathe Elwell at kathe.elwell@ymca.net)
  • Assist with registration (Loena Baranoski at lbaranoski@ymca.org)
  • Serve as a workshop convener (introduces speaker) or workshop host (usher for participants) (Susan Walters-Klenke at sklenke@ymcadetroit.org)
  • Sign up for Philanthropy Live! (Jodi Morovich at jodit@ymcaneworleans.org)
  • Serve as a Host Y greeter - Each year  the host YMCA(s) involves driving distance Ys in the host Y volunteer opportunities (Heidi Brasher at heidi.brasher@ymcahouston.org)
  • Serve as a Mentor in the Young Professional Mentoring Lounge (Ali LeRoy at aleroy@seattleymca.org)

Contact Mary Zoller in the NAYDO Office for more details about any of these roles or the Coordinator indicated.