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CaliforniaVolunteers Newsletter - January 2008

Make Your New Year’s Resolution To Volunteer

WE Resolve to volunteer in 2008! As we turn the page to 2008 and consider the New Year's resolutions we could make, like losing a few pounds, watching less T.V. or learning a new skill, CaliforniaVolunteers encourages you to consider a resolution you may actually keep - volunteering in your local community.

No matter what issues you care about and whether you volunteer once a week, once a month or once in a while, you can make a positive impact. Volunteering can also improve your life in countless ways - help you make new friends, boost your confidence and build your résumé - not to mention make a real difference in the lives of others.

Visit our New Year's Resolution Pledge form and make a commitment to volunteer in 2008. You can print out your pledge and keep it in a place to remind you, such as on your refrigerator, in your daily planner or on your dresser.

And the best part is CaliforniaVolunteers.org makes it easy to keep your New Year's resolution to volunteer! Visit our advanced search page, select the interest area most important to you, enter your zip code or county and you will be matched with local volunteer opportunities in line with your interests and availability. Today there are nearly 30,000 volunteer opportunities available throughout the state involving the arts, animals, education, the environment, disaster preparedness and many other areas of interest.

As our First Lady Maria Shriver says, “The truth is this: WE Californians are 38 million strong. WE can be the difference in our communities. WE are the ones we have been waiting for.”

Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims January 2008 As Mentoring Month

WE Mentor logo PROCLAMATION
by the
Governor of the State of California

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community this year, why not volunteer as a mentor? It is estimated that 15.1 million children nationwide are without mentors, which means there are numerous opportunities to positively shape the lives of youth. By being a strong role model, you can help a young person do better in school and fight off the temptations of gangs, drug use and other destructive influences.

In my own life, I was blessed to be mentored by wise and incredibly hard-working individuals. From growing up in Austria to starting a new life in America, I had role models who helped me achieve my goals. It is my hope that every child in California can be guided by mentors who can bring out the best in them. To that end, I encourage all Californians to mentor youth by sharing their talents and experiences.

Whether tutoring, coaching a sport or taking a child on a field trip, the opportunities to mentor are endless. To find out about mentoring opportunities in your area, please check out californiavolunteers.org. It is a great resource to help you touch the lives of others.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim January 2008, as "Mentoring Month."


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 14th day of January 2008.



ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
Governor of California



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DEBRA BOWEN
Secretary of State

Martin Luther King Day 2008

MLK Day of Service Although Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is widely recognized as the father of the Civil Rights movement, he was also a tireless advocate of service and volunteerism. Dr. King believed that through service, people could gain a better understanding of their fellow man.

To help celebrate the life of Dr. King more than a half million Americans in all fifty states will engage in a wide variety of projects ranging from signing up volunteers to tutor and mentor children to painting schools and senior centers, to delivering meals and building homes.

CaliforniaVolunteers urges all Californians to honor Dr. King by making January 21 a "day on" instead of a "day off". Potential volunteers can choose from a listing of over 400 opportunities by visiting CaliforniaVolunteers.org.

American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver

American Idealist poster On January 9, in partnership with California State University Sacramento, First Lady Maria Shriver hosted an advanced screening of the new documentary, "American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver" at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.

A powerful film, it shows how one person with passion can inspire a nation to realize the value of service. Many of the programs Shriver launched, including the Peace Corps, VISTA, Head Start and Legal Services shaped the current landscape of national and community service.

Following the screening, a panel discussion lead by former U.S. Respresentative and Clinton Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and featuring Author Scott Stossel, Historian Dr. Adam Green, former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso and CaliforniaVolunteers Executive Director Karen Baker discussed the future of service and volunteerism.

Check your local PBS listings for date and time of the airing of the documentary.

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