Delaware nonprofit, government, business and civic sectors will gather March 23 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, for the annual Delaware Conference on Volunteerism, the state’s leading conference for organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities through volunteerism.

The conference will feature instructional workshops, networking opportunities and a service project that will benefit Delaware’s volunteer-led Code Purple shelters for people who are homeless.

Andrea S. Taylor, principal owner of Taylor Consulting in the Philadelphia area, will give the keynote address. Taylor’s work utilizes an intergenerational lens to focus on various issues including youth mentoring, addiction prevention, productive aging, workplace communication/interaction and nonprofit capacity-building. Her clients include federal agencies, state and local governments, institutions of higher education, school districts and nonprofit organizations.

Workshop topics include fundamentals of grant writing; targeted volunteer recruitment; data collection for impact; volunteer background checks and how to prepare for the unexpected; how to turn volunteers into employees, board members and donors; and celebrating service, inclusion and diversity.

Jefferson Awards Foundation staff and volunteers will facilitate the service project after the final workshop.

The cost to attend the conference is $75 for Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators members and $90 for nonmembers. Day-of-conference registration is $125. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, instructional sessions and optional service project.

For information, call 857-5006, email dhss_VolunteerDelaware@state.de.us or visit volunteerdelaware.org.