Newsletter – August 2010

CaliforniaVolunteers awarded Volunteer Generation Fund

CaliforniaVolunteers logoCaliforniaVolunteers has been awarded a Volunteer Generation Fund Grant of $400,000 to implement a 3-year program to develop the capacity of volunteer centers (VCs) around California. The Volunteer Generation Fund, a new program authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, is designed to increase the number of people who serve in meaningful roles as volunteers dedicated to addressing important needs in communities across America.

CaliforniaVolunteers will create the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative (CVSEI), a program in which partnerships with local volunteer centers, pro bono business employees and contracted partners will develop curriculum and programming leading to outcomes-based training and systemic realignment of volunteer engagement practices for an estimated 350 critical California nonprofits in the first 3 years of this project, and eventually thousands more. By engaging senior nonprofit leadership (EDs, board, program and volunteer managers) in 4-6 month volunteer management system redesign activities, participants in this program will realize whole-organization volunteer readiness and receive certification as CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprises. By achieving this standard, nonprofits will be in a position to highlight their volunteer readiness to potential volunteers, funders, businesses and community partners while realizing greater investment of volunteer talent, higher programmatic impact and greater operational efficiencies.

The CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative (CVSEI) will also strengthen the capacity of local volunteer centers to manage highly skilled volunteers to strengthen their programs and operations, as the volunteer centers themselves will serve as the first pilot group to complete CVSEI curriculum. As a result, the volunteer centers will be held up as CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise models in their communities, demonstrating the best practices they will be teaching to their partner nonprofits.

Transfer of this Service Enterprise curriculum to the VCs will begin in year 2 of this initiative. By the end of year 3 the curriculum will be “owned” by local volunteer centers and will serve as a proven revenue-generating program for the long-term.

For more information on the Volunteer Generation fund, please visit

2011 Federal Fiscal Year Appropriations

Photo of U.S. CapitolOn February 1, 2010, President Obama released his Administration’s budget for FY2011, including $1.416 billion for CNCS. This is an increase of $266 million above the FY2010 enacted level.

On July 16, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies released their version of the FY11 budget, which includes $1.305 billion for CNCS. This is $155 million more than last year and $111 million below the President’s request.

In late July, the Senate Appropriations Committee released their version of the FY11 budget, which recommends nearly $1.4 billion for CNCS. This is $215.9 million above last year’s level and is substantial enough to increase the number of AmeriCorps members from 87,000 to over 97,000.

Please see below for a breakdown of specific line items:

Selected Line Items FY11 President’s Request Senate Full Appropriations Committee
AmeriCorps*State/National $488 million $440 million
National Service Trust $293.6 million $271.2 million
State Commission Assistance $18 million $18 million
Social Innovation Fund $60 million $60 million
Volunteer Generation Fund $10 million $10 million
T/TA $13 million $11 million
Senior Corps $221.1 million $229.1 million
Learn and Serve America $40.2 million $40.2 million

Eureka’s Betty Chinn receives Presidential Citizens Medal

Photo of Betty Chinn and President ObamaEureka’s Betty Chinn recently received the Presidential Citizens Medal – the second highest civilian honor in the United States from Barack Obama.

“For 40 years, this medal has been given to men and women who have ‘performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens,” Obama said. “And their lives stand as shining examples of what it means to be an American.”

Chinn – honored for her work of more than 20 years feeding and caring for the homeless and less fortunate of Humboldt County – smiled broadly and blinked back tears during the ceremony, and hugged Obama at its conclusion. Chinn has also been honored by California First Lady Maria Shriver with a Minerva Award which recognizes outstanding women.

For more information regarding Chinn’s award, please visit the Contra Costa Times Web site.

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