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United Way of Dane County hosts "Reinventing Service"

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 --- 6:00 p.m.

Madison --- It's the time of year for giving to others, but in our area there are so many looking to lend a hand. So is it too much?

There are so many volunteers and organizations it's an unexpected problem. But in this case, it's a good problem to have. The solution, "Reimagining Service."

"This is an event, that's intended to energize the community about the concept of volunteer service," said Joann Hart, of Boardman & Clark Law Firm.

In one room, businesses, non-profits, religious organizations, and others join together for a one day gathering.

"This summit is intended to bring all of the players in that volunteer community together," said Hart.

The event is put on by the United Way of Dane County. With the mission to get all angles of the volunteering world in one place, to make it better.

"We live in a tremendous community, we know we have a lot of great volunteer resources, many people are committed to improving our community," said Hart.

"I think in Dane County, volunteerism seems to ingrained in so many things that we do here," said Michael Rosenblum. He's in charge of nearly 800 volunteers at UW-Hospital.

"It never hurts to re-examine exactly how we're doing things, and finding new partnerships," said Rosenblum.

The goal is to ignite a conversation. Introducing different ideas, and learning new lessons from one another, in hopes of transforming volunteering in Dane County.

United Way also says they plan on following up on Fridays summit with future meetings.

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