This spring, CBI and Convergence brought together 21 leaders in the fields of non-profit service, national service, and conflict resolution to answer this question: “How can volunteering bridge our divisions?" Over 60 million Americans volunteer each year, working with others to serve their communities and country. Volunteering brings people together across lines of difference—conservatives and liberals; people of all races; the young and the old; the well off and the struggling. Now, a diverse group of non-profit organizations, including some of the country’s largest, are exploring how service activities can build relationships among volunteers and people served.

CBI and Convergence’s Report on this Pocantico Convening on Service and Bridging offers timely insights from research and practice. Participants developed principles and guidelines for service organizations to advance goals while building understanding and relationships among volunteers, community members, staff, and leadership.

We hope you’ll share the Report with others interested, and feel free to contact David Fairman at CBI or David Eisner at Convergence for more information.