CaliforniaVolunteers Newsletter - December 2009
President Obama signed the Consolidation Appropriations Act, which provides $1.149 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its programs, fully funding his initial request. This funding level will enable CNCS to strengthen and expand existing programs and invest in key initiatives authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
Programs will receive the following funding:
Did you know that 4.3 million Californians go hungry each year, and an estimated 350,000 are homeless? And a study of 75 food and shelter providers in California proves what we already know – the number of Californians living in poverty is increasing.
During this holiday season we can’t forget the millions of people in our state who live in poverty – often without food on the table or a roof over their heads. And while the problem is bigger than any one of us can solve, every one of us can make a difference by volunteering in our communities. Whether it’s serving food in a kitchen line, organizing a clothing drive for a local homeless shelter or teaching computer skills to adults looking for jobs, together WE can all give something back this holiday season.
To learn how you can help and get connected to volunteer opportunities in your community, please visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.
National Family Volunteer Day
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed Saturday, November 21 as California Family volunteer day: “In today’s world, chances are parents and children are incredibly busy with their lives, and family outings can become scarce. It is critical to recognize this and take time to experience things as a family, and one fantastic way to bring the family together is to volunteer. By serving together, a family can strengthen their bond and discover common interests, all while making a meaningful impact on their community.”
To view the Proclamation in its entirety, please visit the Governor’s Web Site.
A Day On, Not a Day Off: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Since 1994, the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been recognized as a national day of community service. Dr. King believed that “everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” The King Day of Service honors Dr. King’s legacy by seeking to transform the holiday from a day off, to a day on, engaging thousands across the nation in community service. We encourage all Californians to start thinking about how they can celebrate the 2010 MLK Day of Service. For more information or to find projects in your community, please visit: MLKday.gov.
Recap: The 2009 Women’s Conference
Once again, CaliforniaVolunteers was an active participant at the 2009 Women’s Conference, the nation’s premier forum for women hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver. As part of this year’s conference, Secretary Baker participated in A Day of Transformation, a series of workshops designed to help women become architects of change. Secretary Baker moderated a panel to discuss strategies on becoming an entrepreneur in the nonprofit world. She was joined by Premal Shaw, the President of Kiva.org and Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, Chair of The Judy Fund. In addition, CaliforniaVolunteers maintained a very strong exhibit hall presence, educating thousands of women about service and volunteering, and offering CaliforniaVolunteers.org as a resource to find volunteer opportunities.
National Service Learning Conference
The 21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference® will be held at the San Jose Convention Center March 24-27, 2010. The conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in the service-learning movement, drawing approximately 2,500 attendees from across the United States and many other countries each year. Through general sessions, thought leader series, and service-learning projects, the conference engages participants in local, national, and global issues.
Give A Day, Get A Disney Day.
At a time marked by economic strain and hardship, individuals and families who give their time to help improve communities are being celebrated and offered a free one-day ticket to a Disney theme park through the new “Give A Day, Get A Disney Day.” program. The goal is to engage one million volunteers in service this year.
Those in Canada, Puerto Rico or the United States who volunteer their time in service to a participating organization beginning on January 1, 2010, will receive a free one-day admission ticket to a Disney theme park at either Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., or Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.
Many nonprofit and community partners will be able to participate in the program through partnerships with a HandsOn Action Center and by registering for the program at http://vop.handsonnetwork.org. Participating in this program is a special way to help people recognize their individual and collective power to create change through volunteering, and celebrate the everyday heroes who serve. It also provides an opportunity for partner organizations to honor those individuals and families who help fulfill their organizational missions—and to attract new volunteers who want to engage.
If your organization is interested in participating in the “Give A Day. Get A Disney Day.” program, please visit http://vop.handsonnetwork.org/faq for more information.
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