California Volunteers
CaliforniaVolunteers Newsletter - January 2007

“Leading The Green Dream” Inaugural Kickoff Event

Photo of First Lady Maria Shriver with CaliforniaVolunteers staff On Thursday, January 4, First Lady Maria Shriver kicked off Inaugural activities with a people’s celebration of California’s commitment to creating a green and sustainable future. Joining the First Lady in this celebration were many of California’s environmental leaders, as well as celebrities Bob Saget and Vlade Divac.

Nearly 20 organizations, including the California Fuel Cell Partnership, PG&E, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and CaliforniaVolunteers, educated attendees about innovative technologies, conservation efforts, and community involvement opportunities.

Children and youth from Sacramento-area Boys & Girls Clubs were among the several hundred attendees who had the opportunity to document their environmental dreams for the future by helping to create “California’s Green Dream” mural. In addition, attendees took part in conservation-focused service activities, sponsored by CaliforniaVolunteers, including planting acorns and learning how to start a school or community garden.

Need Volunteers?

Picture of volunteers Are you a nonprofit organization or public agency looking for volunteers? If so, make sure your volunteer opportunities are listed with the California Volunteer Matching Network (CVMN) at CaliforniaVolunteers.org.

Participating local volunteer agencies around the state ("Hubs") have been specially selected to assist nonprofits and public agencies post their volunteer opportunities into this new statewide volunteer database.

When you post your volunteer opportunities with your local Hub, they are automatically posted at CaliforniaVolunteers.org. Hub agencies (usually a Volunteer Center, Hands On Network affiliate or other volunteer connector organization) are located throughout the state - find your local Hub.

Your local Hub can assist your agency in determining your volunteer needs, drafting your volunteer position descriptions, posting your opportunities into the database, and promoting your opportunities to interested local volunteers.

Any questions or can't find a Hub in your area? Contact the CVMN team - cvmn@CaliforniaVolunteers.ca.gov.

CaliforniaVolunteers Created By Executive Order

CaliforniaVolunteers logo In December 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-24-06 creating CaliforniaVolunteers. The Executive Order renames the agency formerly known as the California Service Corps. CaliforniaVolunteers continues to serve as the lead State agency for recruiting and mobilizing Californians for service and volunteering opportunities through such programs as AmeriCorps and Citizen Corps, as well as one-time volunteer opportunities in local communities throughout the Golden State.

“Californians who donate their time to selflessly serve others exemplify the spirit that our great state stands for," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "I applaud the dedication and hard work of the many volunteers who devote their time and energy to bettering their communities. I believe that the new, more accurate title of CaliforniaVolunteers will help others recognize its purpose and encourage them to join in its noble cause."

The name change was made to better reflect the mission of the agency ­ to increase the number and impact of Californians engaged in service and volunteering. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, California ranks 40th in the nation in volunteer rates with one in four Californians volunteering. The agency’s website, www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org, assists Californians in identifying volunteer opportunities in their local communities that meet their needs and interests. Since its launch in October 2006, the website has featured nearly 25,000 volunteer opportunities and is the single largest repository of volunteer opportunities in the state.

Maria Shriver serves as the Honorary Chair of the 25 member board of Commissioners appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

If you need to contact CaliforniaVolunteers staff via email, please note that the staff email address format is now first name.last name@CaliforniaVolunteers.ca.gov.

CaliforniaVolunteers’ grantees and community partners can contact our office to request the new CaliforniaVolunteers logo for use on websites and collateral materials. For additional information about CaliforniaVolunteers, please visit our website or call (888) 567-SERV.

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