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CaliforniaVolunteers Newsletter - May 2007

2007/08 AmeriCorps Grant Portfolio Announced

AmeriCorps Logo The 2007/08 California AmeriCorps portfolio totals nearly $30 million in grants to 56 organizations to support AmeriCorps programs in communities across California.

The California AmeriCorps portfolio is comprised of two types of grants – those awarded directly from the Corporation for National and Community Service and those awarded by CaliforniaVolunteers.

This year, California AmeriCorps programs received $9.8 million in competitive grants from the Corporation, or 17.5 percent of the national funding available for new programs.

CaliforniaVolunteers awarded $7.9 million to new programs that complement the Corporation’s grantees. In addition, $11.8 million was awarded to existing AmeriCorps programs to continue their operations.

Since 1994, more than 500,000 individuals have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “Get Things Done” for America. Nearly 69,000 Californians have served more than 72 million hours in communities across the state, earning nearly $158 million in AmeriCorps education awards.

To view the 2007/08 AmeriCorps Portfolio, please click here.

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2007

Getting Things Done logo The first-ever AmeriCorps Week was celebrated May 13-20, 2007.

Sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 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.

Governor Schwarzenegger signed a proclamation designating May 13-20, 2007 as AmeriCorps Week in California.

“As we observe AmeriCorps Week, I encourage all Californians to join me in commending AmeriCorps volunteers for their dedication to their communities,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Their inspiring examples of service are a great motivation for all of us to give back to our neighborhoods and to everyone in need.”

To view the entire proclamation, please click here.

AmeriCorps week also marked a historic milestone – the 500,000th AmeriCorps member took the pledge to “get things done for America.”

CaliforniaVolunteers Awards $1 Million in Grants to Strengthen California’s Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies

Volunteers putting out a fire CaliforniaVolunteers awarded 15 grants totaling $1 million to organizations across the state to support the development and sharing of innovative practices to enhance the use of volunteers in disaster preparedness and response.

“These grants will assist local communities and non-profit organizations to better prepare Californians for the next disaster that strikes our state,” said Karen Baker, executive director of CaliforniaVolunteers. “It isn’t a matter of if, but rather when Californians will be impacted by another large scale emergency.”

The $1 million awarded by CaliforniaVolunteers was provided through a competitive grant from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. Since 2004, the Office of Homeland Security has provided over $5.2 million to CaliforniaVolunteers to improve citizen preparedness in California.

“CaliforniaVolunteers is a key component of our state’s homeland security and disaster preparedness efforts,” said Office of Homeland Security Director Matthew Bettenhausen. “Our office has administered more than $1 billion in grants to better prepare California’s public safety professionals to prevent, prepare for and respond to any disaster, man-made or natural. A well-prepared citizenry and trained volunteers are vital to ensuring our first responders can perform their duties and we are proud to be partnered with CaliforniaVolunteers in this effort.”

To view the list of grantees, please click here.

Maria Shriver Featured in Volunteer Leadership Magazine

Cover of Volunteer Leadership magazine Honorary Chair of CaliforniaVolunteers, Maria Shriver, was featured on the cover of winter 2007 issue of Volunteer Leadership Magazine, a publication of the Points of Light Foundation.

"We ask ourselves how can we encompass such values in our lives and how can we share them with our family, our children and our communities," wrote Maria Shriver. "I’m a big believer that we all can make a difference in our own unique ways, that we all have the ability to serve and a responsibility to give back, to volunteer our time, our creativity and our energy to make our communities and homes a better place for everyone. But the difference we make isn’t just in the lives we touch — it’s through our actions, our compassion and our kindness that we begin to connect with our own lives. We start to learn more about ourselves by focusing less on ourselves, simply by turning our attention to those in need and lending a helping hand."

To read the full article, please click here.

Second Wave of Cesar Chavez Afterschool Service Club Grants Announced

Photo of Cesar Chavez CaliforniaVolunteers announced the second wave of grants awarded this year to establish afterschool service clubs in middle schools across the state that honor the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez.

In partnership with Youth Service California, CaliforniaVolunteers awarded more than $2 million in grants this year for the establishment of 77 afterschool service clubs in Title 1 middle schools across the state.

Second Wave of Cesar Chavez 2007 Afterschool Service Club Grants:

San Diego Unified School District will receive up to $251,600 to establish at Alexander Graham Bell, Monroe Clark, Jean Farb, Horace Mann, George W. Marston, Roosevelt International Baccalaureate, William Howard Taft and Wilson middle schools.

Kern County Superintendent of Schools will receive up to $251,600 to establish afterschool service clubs at Sequoia, Emerson, Washington, Edison, Di Giorgio, Buttonwillow, Richland and Sunset middle schools.

Ravenswood City School District will receive up to $188,700 to establish afterschool service clubs at Cesar Chavez, Belle Haven, Costaño, East Palo Alto, Edison McNair Academy and James Flood Magnet middle schools.

Fresno County Office of Education will receive up to $157,250 to establish afterschool service clubs at Tehipite, Scandinavian, El Capital, Sutter and McCabe middle schools.

Sweetwater Union High School District will receive up to $125,800 to establish afterschool service clubs at Castle Park, Chula Vista, Granger Junior and National City middle schools.

Hemet Unified School District will receive up to $125,800 to establish afterschool service clubs at Acacia, Santa Fe, Diamond Valley and Dartmouth middle schools.

Tracy Unified School District will receive up to $31,450 to establish an afterschool service club at Monte Vista Middle School.

The Cesar Chavez Day holiday was established in 2000 to honor the life and legacy of labor leader Cesar E. Chavez. CaliforniaVolunteers administers the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning program which includes the grants for service clubs, curricula development to integrate lessons regarding Chavez’s life into school day and after school activities and the construction of playgrounds by volunteers in communities across the state.

To learn more about the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning program, please click here.

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