Newsletter – June 2008

California’s Early Season Fires

California Early Season FiresHundreds of fires are burning throughout Northern California as a result of a lightning storm that struck a large part of the state. CaliforniaVolunteers is coordinating with local volunteer centers to assist those who have been affected by the fires.

If you would like to make a donation or find a volunteer opportunity related to these fires, please visit the CaliforniaVolunteers Web site.

AmeriCorps Funding 4-1-1

AmeriCorps funding LogoCaliforniaVolunteers, in its role as the state service commission, will soon release a request for applications for 2009 AmeriCorps grant funding.

Known as the domestic Peace Corps, AmeriCorps engages program participants – known as AmeriCorps “members” – in service to address local community needs in the areas of education, public safety, health and the environment. AmeriCorps grants provide funding for program staff, living allowances for members, health insurance for full-time members, equipment, supplies and other associated program expenses. Grantees are responsible for recruiting, selecting, training and supervising their members. Eligible applicants include community-based organizations (secular and faith-based), local and state government agencies, K-12 schools, school districts, colleges and universities.

CaliforniaVolunteers plans to conduct AmeriCorps informational sessions throughout the state. Please check our Web site regularly for updates.

2009 Grantmaking timeline:

• Request For Application Release Date – Late July 2008
• Information Sessions – August 2008
• Applications Due – September 2008
• Preliminary Funding Announcements – November 2008
(Please check our Web site for confirmed dates and locations)

For more information email or visit

ServiceNation Day of Action

Service Nation logoThe ServiceNation Day of Action will take place on September 27 and is designed to mobilize communities on a national scale to demonstrate the impact of service and the power of Americans to mobilize and create large scale change.

Why Service? Why This Campaign?

Because service is the great equalizer. In the words of Dr. King, “anyone can be great because anyone can serve.” Service builds community among people, regardless of their race, gender, or socio economic status. It demonstrates that our commonalities are greater than individual differences. Service transforms our communities while transforming the individual.

And now more than ever, it is crucial to ensure the expansion of opportunities for people to serve. Our nation has issues to address: our education system is failing a significant percentage of our kids, hunger and homelessness affect our communities, our parks, rivers, and open spaces need protection, and college has ceased to become affordable for many Americans. Service can be a vehicle, to simultaneously address our most pressing unmet social needs while making college accessible to those who serve.

How Can I Participate?

By organizing an event in your community to demonstrate the impact of service and the need for expanding opportunities to serve. By registering your event online, you can help the Day of Action.

How Do I Register?

Visit the Service Nation Web site.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas, do not hesitate to contact Emily Cherniack, Service Nation’s Director of Organizing, at

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