Newsletter – April 2007

Cesar Chavez Day Playground Builds

Volunteers building a playgroundBeginning on March 24, more than 2,500 volunteers constructed playgrounds and a skate park in ten different communities across California. Eight of the 10 were built on Cesar Chavez Day, March 31.

These playgrounds honor Chavez’ legacy of community building and service as they were designed and constructed by individuals and families within each community.

To view plans and photos of the playground builds, please click here.

To read about the playgrounds in the news, please click here.

National Volunteer Week

Volunteer working in a gardeApril 15-21 marked National Volunteer Week which was designated in 1974 to call attention to the tremendous contribution of volunteers. This year’s theme, “Inspire By Example” reflects the power volunteers have to inspire the people they help and also inspire those around them to serve.

This year, Governor Schwarzenegger issued a proclamation designating April 15-21 as Volunteer Week in California.

“During National Volunteer Week, California is proud to celebrate the individuals who give their time and talents to improve their communities,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Whether mentoring a child, cleaning up a beach or helping in numerous other capacities, volunteers strengthen our state and nation through their dedicated efforts.”

To view the full text of the proclamation, please click here.

Volunteer Data Release – State by State

Photo of little girlOn Monday, April 16 the Corporation for National and Community Service released the 2006 state volunteer data. The data showed that the percentage of Californians who volunteered in 2006 decreased by three percent over the prior year. Last year, 23.7 percent, or less than one in four state residents participated in volunteer activities. This represented the first decline since the national surge in volunteering following September 11, 2001.

In 2006, 6.47 million Californians dedicated 858.5 million hours of service valued at an estimated $15 billion. Tutoring or teaching was one of the most popular activities in California; approximately one in five volunteers chose one or both of those activities.

The report is based on data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau and features a two-page profile for each state that includes information on the number of volunteers, rate of volunteering, hours volunteered, types of volunteer activities and trends in volunteering among age groups.

To learn more about the report, please click here.

AmeriCorps Week – May 13-20, 2007

Getting Things Done logoThe first-ever AmeriCorps Week is scheduled for May 13-20, 2007 and will mark a historic milestone as the 500,000th AmeriCorps member will take the pledge to “get things done for America.”

Since 1994, AmeriCorps members have served more than 637 million hours nationwide. More than 69,000 members have served nearly 73 million hours in California.

AmeriCorps programs across the county will participate in efforts to raise awareness of the significant contributions AmeriCorps members make by addressing critical needs in their communities.

To learn more about AmeriCorps Week, please click here.

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