Ten years ago, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) started a program called Network for the Needy. Initially founded to link meeting planners with food donation programs, it has evolved into a full-service volunteerism program. "We're encouraging other associations to incorporate community service projects into their events," says Laura Palmer, coordinator of PCMA's Network for the Needy. "There are so many ways to get involved--I heard that one organization even held ...

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