Newsletter – August 2007

“Find It. Do It. Share It.” Volunteer Contest

girls carrying boxesSponsored by CaliforniaVolunteers and The Walt Disney Company

Do you volunteer in your community? Do you have a personal story about an experience that helped strengthen your commitment to volunteering? Or do you know someone whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in people’s lives?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, enter the “Find It. Do It. Share It.” Volunteer Contest by sending CaliforniaVolunteers your personal story about an experience that helped strengthen your commitment to volunteering. By entering the contest, you could help inspire someone else to find their own volunteer opportunity and win a trip to Disneyland at the same time!

Volunteering means lots of things to different people. Volunteering can be serving food in a kitchen line, teaching kids to read, coaching a little league team, planting a school garden or keeping hospital patients company when they need it the most. CaliforniaVolunteers encourages people to find a service opportunity that matches their interests, do something to help make a difference and share their experience to inspire others.

And remember to Look In, Find Out at
If you’re still looking for the right volunteer opportunity in your community, we can help! Visit to find an opportunity that’s right for you based on your location, interests and time availability.

2007 National Emergency Preparedness Conference

National Preparedness Conference logoFor the second year in a row, CaliforniaVolunteers is sponsoring the 2007 National Emergency Preparedness Conference, October 11-13 at the Capitol Christian Center in Sacramento. The focus of this year’s conference will be community preparedness and participation as well as the effective utilization of volunteers by first responders and community-based organizations for community preparedness, prevention, response and recovery.

The conference is a collaboration between CaliforniaVolunteers, the Sacramento Regional Office of Homeland Security, Sacramento Citizen Corps Council, Metropolitan Medical Response System and the Sacramento Regional Community Policing Institute. The conference will host over 600 attendees from across the nation, and will include representatives from the fields of volunteering, emergency response, community organization, emergency management administration and government agencies.

Conference attendees will include: R. David Paulison, Administrator, FEMA; Matthew Bettenhausen, Director, California Office of Homeland Security; and Dennis S. Mileti, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit

Governor Schwarzenegger Reappoints Three CaliforniaVolunteers Comissioners

Photo of CaliforniaVolunteers commissionersOn August 20, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the following reappointments to the CaliforniaVolunteers Commission:

Karla Crawford of Sacramento
Crawford has served on the Commission since 2001. She has also served as manager of volunteer programs for the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance (DHA), where she has worked since 1980. In this capacity, she works with various agencies in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties to provide services to seniors, youth and community members. Crawford is a member of the National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Directors, Northern California Foster Grandparent Program Directors and the Northern California Senior Corps Program Directors.

Hyepin Christine Im of Los Angeles
Im has served on the Commission since 2000. She founded the Korean Churches for Community Development in 2001, where she currently serves as president and chief executive officer. Previously, she was a venture capitalist associate at Renaissance Capital Partners from 1999 to 2001 and a sponsorship manager at the California Science Center from 1997 to 1999. Im is a member of the Korean American Coalition, Leadership Southern California, Pacific Council on International Policy, Network of Korean American Leaders and the German Marshall Fund.

Helen Torres of San Bernardino
Torres has served on the Commission since 2003. She has served as executive director of the non-profit Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) since 2000. Previously, she served as a fundraiser and community relations officer for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles from 1997 to 2000. In addition, Torres served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Community Action Board.

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