CaliforniaVolunteers Newsletter - November 2010
Veteran’s Day Service Project
Continuing his commitment to serving California’s veterans and their families, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker and California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Deputy Secretary for Operation Welcome Home Dan Nelan at the launch of a service project with more than 150 veteran and civilian volunteers at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System campus in honor of Veterans Day. The project was a part of the Mission Serve initiative launched by ServiceNation on Veterans Day 2009 and was one of more than 20 organized volunteer activities taking place across the country on or around Veterans Day this year.
“For more than 200 years, our freedoms have been paid for in blood and sacrifice by our men and women in uniform. America is the Land of the Free, only because it is the Home of the Brave and it’s an honor to be here to today to launch this service project and pay tribute to our country’s bravest,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I am very proud of the work my Administration has done on behalf of our military men and women and I promise that we will continue to do everything in our power to make sure all our veterans, young and old, are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
Governor Schwarzenegger has committed and targeted an unprecedented amount of resources and services to California’s veterans. In June, he launched , a first-in-the-nation statewide campaign to connect every returning veteran with the services they need to transition successfully from the battlefront to the home front. Operation Welcome Home breaks down barriers and allows veterans straightforward and easy access to benefits and services including: employment assistance; job training assistance and unemployment benefits; education opportunities; housing assistance; health care needs; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and support for families. In addition, the Governor has. As part of this initiative, CaliforniaVolunteers is working with the California Department of Veterans Affairs to support an AmeriCorps program and other volunteer opportunities to connect Veterans with the services and benefits they are eligible for.
The Governor also issued a proclamation to honor Veteran’s Day in California. The text of the proclamation can be read here.
CNCS Strategic Plan
The Corporation for National and Community Service is in the process of completing the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. This plan will define the Corporation’s mission, goals and the means by which to measure progress for the next five years. When adopted, it will inform funding opportunities, program guidance and other resource decisions.
Through early December 2010, the Corporation is soliciting public input on this Strategy Brief through online conversations and through email at email@example.com.
The public conversations will be conducted through two (2) public webinars to be held as follows:
Wednesday, December 1, 2-3 pm Eastern Time
Thursday, December 2, 3-4 pm Eastern Time
For more information, please visit the Corporation’s Web site.
Disaster Resilience Grants Awarded
CaliforniaVolunteers’ Disaster Volunteering and Preparedness department is pleased to announce that $250,000 in grants have been awarded to seven different organizations/collaborations to provide training and/or technical assistance to other nonprofits on disaster resilience, or continuity of operations planning, resulting in improved response capabilities in the non-governmental organization community. Grants have been awarded to the following recipients: American Red Cross of the Capital Region, Center for Voluntary and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin, HandsOn Central CA, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, OneOC, San Francisco CARD, and United Way of Ventura County.
In an effort to help bolster the cache of recourses available to nonprofits, CaliforniaVolunteers will feature a free resource each month in our newsletter. This month’s free resource is Salesforce.com, which will donate or discount 10 free licenses to qualified nonprofits. To find out more, please visit Salesforce.com.
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