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CaliforniaVolunteers Newsletter - September 2010

Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims September 2010 as Disaster Preparedness Month

Seal of the Governor of the State of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed September 2010 as Disaster Preparedness Month in California and urged all Californians to take action now to prepare their families and communities for disasters.

Many Californians have taken initial steps toward earthquake preparedness, but more than 60 percent of Californians have not done enough to make their homes safer and guard their personal finances in preparation for an inevitable, large-scale earthquake, according to a recent California Earthquake Preparedness Survey. Fewer than 20 percent have participated in neighborhood disaster planning or have received specific disaster trainings and fewer than 50 percent have participated in disaster trainings at work.

“It is vital that citizens take the proper steps to prepare for a disaster,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “When Californians take important precautions such as making sure our homes are fire-ready or equipped to handle earthquakes, we can all be more prepared for the real harm a disaster can bring.”

A variety of free online disaster preparedness resources such as a customized family plan, personalized children’s book and disaster preparedness tips are available thru our WE Prepare initiative, aviailable at www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org/familyplan.

The text of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Disaster Preparedness Month proclamation is available at http://gov.ca.gov/proclamation/15881/.

CaliforniaVolunteers Responds to the San Bruno Incident

CaliforniaVolunteers logo On Friday, September 10, in response to the natural gas explosion that affected a San Bruno neighborhood, CaliforniaVolunteers activated its Department Operations Center and coordinated volunteer and monetary donation opportunities to help affected residents of the explosion. Secretary of Service and Volunteering, Karen Baker, also participated in several press briefings and tours of the incident site with administration officials to assess the damage and get a firsthand account of the volunteer response.

More than 950 spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers registered with the Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and other community and faith-based organizations also had volunteer resources active during the disaster. The American Red Cross provided emergency shelter and meals, The Salvation Army provided food and clothing, and various community and faith-based organizations provided housing, pet services, and counseling services.

Recovery efforts and monetary donations are still being accepted. To offer your time or money to those affected by this explosion, please visit our website at www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.

For more information on the CaliforniaVolunteers’ role during a disaster, how to volunteer in times of a disaster or how to donate for relief and recovery efforts after a disaster, please visit: http://www.californiavolunteers.org/index.php/Disaster_Volunteering/detail1/.

Secretary Baker Participates in the National Service Capitol Hill Day

Picture of Secretary Karen Baker On September 16, Secretary Baker joined national service alumni, program staff, service partners, and corporate sponsors in Washington, D.C. for National Service Capitol Hill Day. The National Service Capitol Hill Day, put together by Voices for National Service, helps to establish and strengthen relationships with legislators and provides an excellent opportunity for constituents to explain how federal funds are used locally. The meetings on Capitol Hill are a critical opportunity to share with Congress how national service participants are helping to address the country’s most pressing needs during this economic downturn.

Secretary Baker met with members of California’s Congressional Delegation and discussed federal appropriations and service and volunteering in their district. She specifically met with members of the National Service Caucus and members who sit on federal appropriations committees.

This fall, as pressure builds to control spending and cut the deficit, Congress will be forced to make really tough decisions about funding priorities. Hill Day offers service leaders an opportunity stress the impact of national service in our communities, and urge them to fully fund the Corporation for National and Community Service at $1.42 billion. This appropriation – recommended by President Obama – is a 23% increase for the agency, and we must demonstrate that there is a significant need and a strong demand for this level of funding.

For more information, please visit: http://www.voicesforservice.org/index.shtml

Corporation for National & Community Service and National Conference on Citizenship Announce the Civic Life in America Research Findings

Corporation for National and Community Service Logo The Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship recently announced the research findings of “Civic Life in America,” the first federal research of its kind that measures how often residents engage in a variety of civic activities, including service, social connectedness, participating in a group, connecting to information and current events, and political action.

The research study indicated that 2009 saw the greatest spike in volunteering since 2003, with almost 1.6 million more Americans serving their communities. In California, 6.8 million adults volunteered with an organization and 47.1 percent of Californians donated money, assets or property to charitable or religious organizations.

As part of the study, CNCS has developed an issue briefs section to highlight the findings that demonstrate the most and least common forms of civic engagement, as well a robust resources section to help organizations and communities strengthen civic life.

For additional information, please see the full report at http://civic.serve.gov/.

Washington Monthly Ranks UC San Diego 1st in the Nation for Commitment to Service

UCSD logo As the University of California San Diego celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, the university’s legacy of community service has been recognized by the Washington Monthly as the top college in the nation according to new rankings measuring “what colleges are doing for the country.” The publication announced in its September “College Guide” that UC San Diego is ranked first in the nation for service.

UC San Diego was recognized as the top university by the Washington Monthly based on three criteria: social mobility, research and service—which includes how many students participate in the Peace Corps. UC San Diego and the Peace Corps, both turning 50 this year, have partnered to bring 630 UC San Diego alumni as overseas volunteers. Currently, 46 alumni serve in the Peace Corps, playing a vital role in solving real-world problems and improving the lives of people around the world through advanced healthcare, continuing education and public programs.

The contributions of UC San Diego’s students to local, national and global communities on issues range from poverty to homelessness and environmental justice. UC San Diego has more than 500 student organizations—with nearly 14,000 students engaged in a form of community service in 2009. “Our service programs have grown significantly over the years,” said Emily Marx, director of the campus Center for Student Involvement. “We currently have 92 student organizations dedicated to service, which is more than any other category and the campus continues to expand our community service initiatives.”

To access the complete Washington Monthly rankings visit: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/feature/introduction_a_different_kind_2.php.

AmeriCorps Alumni Invited to Apply For Prestigious Eli Segal Fellowship

AmeriCorps logo The Corporation for National and Community Service invites former AmeriCorps members to apply for the Eli Segal Fellowship, a year-long leadership opportunity to help advance national service policy, operations, and strategy at the agency’s headquarters in the nation’s capital. This prestigious fellowship was created in 2006 to honor the legacy of Eli Segal, who was a key architect of the 1993 national service legislation and served as the first CEO of the Corporation from 1993 to 1995. Segal died in February 2006.

The fellowship is open to AmeriCorps alumni who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication to national service and its ideals, a social entrepreneurial spirit, and effective communication and analytical skills. Fellows carry out projects, advance their career development, and gain a first-hand understanding of national service and the workings of a federal agency.

Eligible applicants for the fellowship include all AmeriCorps alums who served full-time in the past three years who will be available to serve at Corporation headquarters starting in December 2010. Exceptions to the three-year limit may be made for candidates who have been in school full-time since serving in AmeriCorps, or who have been in the military or other national service programs such as the Peace Corps.

For additional information on applying for an Eli Segal Fellowship, including application instructions, deadlines, and FAQs, please visit: http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/alumni/segal.asp.

The deadline to apply is October 8, 2010.

Join First Lady Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s at the Women’s Conference

Maria Shriver's March on Alzheimer's On Sunday, October 24, First Lady Maria Shriver invites you to March for Alzheimer’s, a disease affecting more than 5 million people in the United States. The march is designed to raise awareness and defeat the disease with money, attention and resources. For more information, please visit: http://www.womensconference.org/march-on-alzheimer-s/

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