Newsletter – March 2010
Governor’s and First Lady’s Medals For Service
We encourage and invite you to nominate those in your community who are creating ripples of positive change. The categories for the Governor & First Lady’s Medals for Service are as follows:
- California’s Volunteer of the Year
Honoring an outstanding Californian whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational
- California’s Small Business* Volunteer Program of the Year
Honoring an outstanding California small business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program
* A California small business is defined as having less than 500 employees with primary business operations in California
- California’s Business Volunteer* Program of the Year
Honoring an outstanding California business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program
* A California business is defined as having more than 500 employees with primary business operations in California
- California’s Nonprofit of the Year
Honoring a California nonprofit that has shown an extraordinary ability to leverage volunteers in service to their organization
- California’s Service Group of the Year
Honoring a California service group / club with a demonstrable impact and unwavering commitment to their community
- California’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year
Honoring a California AmeriCorps member who has demonstrated AmeriCorps values, has made a significant contribution to their community, and is committed to a lifetime of service
Nominations must be received by CaliforniaVolunteers by 5:00PM Wednesday, March 31. For additional details, including eligibility, nomination packets, event date, etc., please see the Official Rules & Guidelines or visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.
California Earthquake Preparation Survey
- Only 40 percent keep the recommended minimum of three gallons of water stored per person.
- Fewer than 20 percent of households have structurally reinforced their homes or had their homes inspected for earthquake resistance.
- Fewer than 20 percent of California households have purchased earthquake insurance.
- More than 80 percent of households have first aid kits, flashlights and batteries in their house but only 40 percent of Californians have made family disaster plans.
- Hispanic respondents were the least likely among all racial/ethnic groups to prepare.
In response to the survey findings, Secretary of Service and Volunteering, Karen Baker made the following statement: “It is important for Californians to prepare for all types of disasters by having a plan and being ready to take care of ourselves, our families and our communities. Personal preparedness allows disaster workers to focus on critical areas to protect our state and everyone can take steps to prepare.”
Secretary Matt Bettenhausen of the California Emergency Management Agency added the following: “The recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti are unwelcome reminders of the devastating impact earthquakes can have on people and communities. It calls attention to the need for Californians to do even more to prepare for the big one. This study confirms that Californians need constant reminders and a steady stream of earthquake preparedness information to motive people to act. We continue to urge Californians to prepare now.”
A variety of free online disaster preparedness resources such as a customized family plan, personalized children’s book and disaster preparedness tips are available on www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org. For complete report information, please visit: www.calema.ca.gov.
For more information on both WE Connect Weekends please visit the WE Connect Web site.
NOTE: The WE Connect Weekend taking place in Fresno will include a family service project. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please visit the Hands On Central California Web site.
Numerous California Universities named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
To view the full listing of awarded universities please visit the Learn and Serve Web site.
The 21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference
The conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing approximately 2,500 attendees from across the United States and many other countries each year. Through three days of general sessions, thought leader series, service-learning projects, and networking, the conference engages participants in local, national, and global issues that service-learning addresses. The conference will include more than 100 exhibits, and nearly 150 hands-on workshops and service-learning projects.
The 2010 conference will feature speeches by Karen Baker, California Secretary of Service and Volunteering; Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in creativity, innovation and human resources; Talia Leman, CEO and Founder of RandomKid; Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Education for All/Fast Track Initiative; Harumitsu Inouye, CEO of the Shinnyo-en Foundation; Kathy Payne, Senior Director of State Farm’s Education Excellence; and Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, and Judy Bernstein, authors of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan.
To find more information please visit the National Service-Learning Conference Web site.
Cesar Chavez Day
A Free Day at the Museum
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