CaliforniaVolunteers Newsletter - March 2010
Governor’s and First Lady’s Medals For Service
Nominations for the second annual Governor and First Lady’s Medals for Service Awards are due on March 31. The Governor & First Lady’s Medals for Service are designed to distinguish individual volunteers, business volunteer programs and nonprofit leaders whose innovation in the field of volunteerism have had a tangible impact on their community, region and the state of California. Shining a spotlight on the state’s commitment to service, the awards demonstrate how simple acts can create big changes in communities across California.
We encourage and invite you to nominate those in your community who are creating ripples of positive change. The categories for the Governor & First Lady’s Medals for Service are as follows:
Nominations must be received by CaliforniaVolunteers by 5:00PM Wednesday, March 31. For additional details, including eligibility, nomination packets, event date, etc., please see the Official Rules & Guidelines or visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.
California Earthquake Preparation Survey
On March 5, CaliforniaVolunteers, in partnership with CalEMA, unveiled the findings of the California Earthquake Preparedness Survey citing an overall lack of disaster preparedness knowledge among California households. Although state and local agencies have made great strides and are better prepared than ever before, similar investments have not been made in California households. Some of the key findings include:
In response to the survey findings, Secretary of Service and Volunteering, Karen Baker made the following statement: “It is important for Californians to prepare for all types of disasters by having a plan and being ready to take care of ourselves, our families and our communities. Personal preparedness allows disaster workers to focus on critical areas to protect our state and everyone can take steps to prepare.”
Friday, March 19 will kick off the first of two consecutive “WE Connect Weekends”. The WE Connect Weekend events are designed to help families take full advantage of valuable existing resources available to them – such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – by bringing together local, state and federal public and private partners all in one place. The events, which are presented by the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women will be held in Fresno and Los Angeles respectively.
For more information on both WE Connect Weekends please visit the WE Connect Web site.
NOTE: The WE Connect Weekend taking place in Fresno will include a family service project. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please visit the Hands On Central California Web site.
Numerous California Universities named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The Corporation for National and Community Service announced the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll award recipients, recognizing more than 700 colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs. California is home to 32 universities selected to the Honor Roll and an additional 16 were selected with distinction. The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
To view the full listing of awarded universities please visit the Learn and Serve Web site.
The 21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference
To be held March 24-27, 2010 in San Jose, California, the 21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference celebrates service-learning as a force that spans cultural and national boundaries, builds communities, and strengthens young people. The conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing approximately 2,500 attendees from across the United States and many other countries each year. Through three days of general sessions, thought leader series, service-learning projects, and networking, the conference engages participants in local, national, and global issues that service-learning addresses. The conference will include more than 100 exhibits, and nearly 150 hands-on workshops and service-learning projects. The 2010 conference will feature speeches by Karen Baker, California Secretary of Service and Volunteering; Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in creativity, innovation and human resources; Talia Leman, CEO and Founder of RandomKid; Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Education for All/Fast Track Initiative; Harumitsu Inouye, CEO of the Shinnyo-en Foundation; Kathy Payne, Senior Director of State Farm’s Education Excellence; and Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, and Judy Bernstein, authors of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan.
To find more information please visit the National Service-Learning Conference Web site.
Cesar Chavez Day
Although many remember Cesar E. Chavez as a tireless advocate for California’s migrant field workers, it is important to remember that he was also one of the most vocal leaders for service and community involvement. To help honor his life and legacy, CaliforniaVolunteers (www.californiavolunteers.org) encourages you to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day by volunteering in your community. To find an opportunity that fits you, please visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.
A Free Day at the Museum
On Thursday, March 4th, California First Lady Maria Shriver and The Women’s Conference partnered with The California Museum in Sacramento to celebrate National Women’s History Month with an extraordinary all-day free event -- Day at The Museum. Thousands of Californians passed through the California Museum doors for a free day of education, inspiration and empowerment. In addition to a number of resource booths, the Museum hosted a number of special guests including astronaut Sally Ride, environmental activist Erin Brockovich, and Iron Chef Cat Cora.
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