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Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed. Call Paula Martinez (760) 983-0561
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8:30 am until 9 am
Come early and network with other nonprofit leaders. 
Regular program starts at 9 am until 11 am.


Featured Presentation: Volunteerism: The Intersection of Recruiting & Retaining

What you will learn
  • How to navigate the roadmap of volunteers
  • Why do people volunteer?
  • How to retain volunteers?
Keynote Presenter: Cari Thomas, Desert Communities Regional Director at Inland Empire United Way Desert Communities Region.

Cari Thomas’ passion in life has always been to serve others. From the time she was a Girl Scout, until present day, she has devoted her life to the service of others.

Cari moved to the high desert in 1992 when she married her husband Vaughn. They have 3 sons, Andrew, Ryan and Brandon whom she has devoted her life to.

After serving as an elected official for the City of Adelanto for 6 years, 4 of which as mayor, she found her true calling in life. In 2015 she was hired as the Regional Director for Inland Empire United Way where she has exemplified her love of service to others. She is constantly out in the community sharing the mission of United Way and her passion for those less fortunate.

Cari continually is finding ways to give back to the high desert. She currently serves as the President of the Adelanto Chamber, is on the board of directors for the High Desert Community Foundation, President of High Desert Opportunity, and other various committees. She is also active in her faith and finds time to serve in many capacities there along with serving in the Boy Scouts of America with her sons. She was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year from the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Cari strives every day to exemplify what is good in the high desert. She loves her community and believes in the people and businesses who chose to live, work and do business here.

AcademyGO Member Spotlight:

Calling Members:  If you would like the opportunity to highlight your organization to the network contact Debbie A. Cannon at to check availability.
Desert/Mountain Educational Service Center
17800 Highway 18
Apple Valley, CA

Please note that MapQuest does not give the correct directions to this site ... Interstate 15, Exit "D Street/Highway 18 East" and travel East. Travel two miles through Victorville and up/down a short hill into Apple Valley. The first traffic light in Apple Valley will be Apple Valley Road. The facility is at the Northwest (left) side of the intersection of Apple Valley Road and Hwy. 18, behind the gas station, in the center of the strip mall. Parking is in the lot in front of the building. Please do not park in short-term spots or you will be towed. There are two Highway 18 exits. Make sure you take the one that says "D Street."
Contact Information:
Paula Martinez 760-983-0561
AcademyGO Member Free
1st Time Guest Free
Not Yet A Member $10
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