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CaliforniaVolunteers Newsletter - April 2010

Governor Schwarzenegger proclaims April 18-24, 2010, as “Volunteer Week.”

The Great Seal of the State of California Governor Schwarzenegger proclaimed April 18–24 as “Volunteer Week” in California.

“From building houses to being a mentor, the variety of volunteer opportunities is immense, varied and important,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Those motivated citizens who stepped up to help the victims of the recent Haitian earthquake, for example, are a perfect reminder of why California, and the world, depends on its volunteers.”

National Volunteer Week was designated in 1974 to call attention to the tremendous contribution of volunteers. This year’s theme, "Celebrating People in Action" honors individuals who take action and solve significant problems in their communities.

In 2008, 7.1 million Californians performed 989.2 million hours of service with an estimated economic contribution of more than $18 billion. Additionally, Californians gave more time than the national average, last year contributing 35.2 hours per resident compared to 34.2 nationally. To view California’s complete volunteering profile please visit: www.VolunteeringInAmerica.gov/CA.

To view the proclamation in its entirety please visit the Governor’s website.

AmeriCorps Week 2010

AmeriCorps Getting Things Done, May 8 - 15, 2010 The fourth annual AmeriCorps Week will take place May 8-15, 2010. AmeriCorps Week is designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. It provides an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends to shine a spotlight on the work done by members in communities across the country -- and to motivate more Americans to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities. Spreading the word about AmeriCorps is especially important now, as the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act has put AmeriCorps on a path to grow to 250,000 members annually by 2017.

Governor & First Lady’s Medals for Service

Picture of Awards CaliforniaVolunteers received more than 150 nominations for the second annual Governor & First Lady’s Medals for Service, CaliforniaVolunteers' signature recognition program. Nominations were accepted in the following categories: California Volunteer of the Year, California’s Nonprofit of the Year, California’s Service Group of the Year, California’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year, California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year and California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year. Thank you to all nominators, nominees and judges for your work to make this program a great success. In addition, special thanks to the Shinnyo-en Foundation for their generous support of the Medals program.

The Governor & First Lady’s Medals for Service recognition event will be hosted at The California Museum in Sacramento on May 6.

For more information please visit CaliforniaVolunteers recognition.

Disaster Corps Grants

Disaster Corps logo CaliforniaVolunteers is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding to develop, expand, and enhance state and local governments’ ability to better utilize California’s robust disaster volunteer resources. The competitive grant program will support development of a cadre of 1,000 Disaster Corps volunteers and provide 18-month funding for a volunteer coordination position in five Operational Areas. Through this program, five Operational Areas will test, implement, and refine the Disaster Corps program model, enhance coordination with non-governmental organizations active in disaster, and work with volunteer centers to improve management of spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers during response.

Applications are due May 7.

For more information, please visit the Disaster Corps Grants page.

Cities of Service

Cities of Service logo Cities of Service is a bi-partisan coalition of mayors from large and small cities across the nation who have pledged to work together to engage citizens in service and volunteering. Eighteen California cities throughout the state are currently members of the coalition and it is anticipated that several others will join in the coming months.

CaliforniaVolunteers and our Business Partners Program, Gap Inc., Home Depot, AARP California, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, and Deloitte are partnering to host a convening of California Cities of Service on May 27, 2010. The convening will include substantive trainings for city staff members as well as a historic gathering of California’s Cities of Service mayors. In addition to mayors and city staff, attendees will include representatives from California’s business community and nonprofit sector. The convening’s activities will focus on the importance of executive leadership in creating community change through service. Speakers will include Secretary Karen Baker, Jim Anderson of the Bloomberg Foundation and the Cities of Service Coalition, and Shirley Sagawa of the Sagawa-Jospin Consulting Firm.

Secretary Baker Named to Department of Homeland Security Task Force

Karen Baker On April 7, Secretary Baker was named to the Department of Homeland Security Preparedness Task force.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced the formation of the local, state, tribal, and federal Preparedness Task Force—a council of experts charged with assessing the state of the nation’s disaster preparedness and making recommendations to Secretary Napolitano about ways to build resiliency in communities across America.

The Task Force is comprised of 35 members of local, state and tribal governments—many of whom have also served within federal government—offering a diverse cross-section of experience in homeland security and emergency management missions. The Task Force will also engage Congressional partners, as well as the private sector and non-governmental and development organizations through a variety of outreach activities.

The Conference Report accompanying the 2010 DHS Appropriations Act called for a Task Force responsible for “making recommendations for all levels of government regarding: disaster and emergency guidance and policy; federal grants; and federal requirements”—with an emphasis on identifying preparedness policies, guidelines and grant programs that should be updated and recommending paths forward to improve the nation’s collective capabilities for preparing for disasters.

To read the press release in its entirety please visit: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1270649859370.shtm

State Legislative Update

Picture of State Capitol building AB 127 (Jeffries)
Assembly Bill 127 by Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries would establish the Office of CaliforniaVolunteers within the Office of the Governor, in statute. The bill has passed the Assembly and has been referred to the Senate Governmental Organization Committee.

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