Newsletter – October 2007

“Find It. Do It. Share It.” Volunteer Contest Local Winners Announced

Girls carrying boxesThe Disney-sponsored “Find It. Do It. Share It.” Volunteer Contest was launched to demonstrate the wide array of volunteer opportunties available throughout the state and inspire more Californians to find ways they can give back to their communities.

Learn about each of the local winner’s volunteer story by clicking the links below. Each winner is listed with CaliforniaVolunteers’ partner who performed the local-level judging.

Each local winner will receive a set of four one-day Disneyland Park Hopper Passes. Two grand prize winners will be selected from the local winners, and will be announced at the Women’s Conference on October 23, 2007.

The grand prize winners will each receive a three-day, two-night vacation for four at a Disneyland and an opportunity to participate in a volunteer project with Disney VoluntEARS on National Family Volunteer Day, November 17, 2007.

Kvyn Saiidnia
Danville, CA
Volunteer Center of the East Bay

Dave and Teree Urquart
Sonora, CA
Sierra NonProfit Support Center

Karen Dockery
Fresno, CA
Volunteer Center of Fresno County, Inc.

Maria Woodbury
Chico, CA
Caring Choices Volunteer Center of Northern California

Maria Sears
Valencia, CA
The Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley, Inc.

Amy Bohner
Arcata, CA
Volunteer Center of the Redwoods

Frank and Jackie Lopez
Bakersfield, CA
Volunteer Center of Kern County

Adriana Reyes
Burbank, CA
The Volunteer Center of Los Angeles

Keris Myrick
Pasadena, CA
LA Works

Juanyeen Godoy
Long Beach, CA
The Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach

Jeanne Teschler
Glendora, CA
Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley

Osnat Oron
San Rafael, CA
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin

Cedric Cory
Monterey, CA
Volunteer Center of United Way Monterey County

Darlene Jones
Napa, CA
Volunteer Center of Napa Valley

Rayanna Skilliter
Anaheim, CA
Volunteer Center of Orange County

Fred Skeen
Grass Valley, CA
City of Roseville Volunteer Center

Hannah Boggein
Temecula, CA
Volunteer Center of Riverside

Michele Nunn
Rancho Cordova, CA
Hands On Sacramento

Nadine Bianes
Azusa, CA
Hands On Inland Empire

Nancy Denen
San Diego, CA
Volunteer San Diego

Barrie Gross
San Francisco, CA
The Volunteer Center of San Francisco & San Mateo Counties

Marianna Villaescusa

San Jose, CA
The Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley, Inc.

Margaret Fairchild
Capitola, CA
Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz

Angela Supple
Corte Madera, CA
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin

Maureen Butler
Santa Rosa, CA
Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

Jaskirat Brar

Hughson, CA
United Way of Stanislaus County

Jagger Dadigan
Ventura, CA
United Way of Ventura County

CaliforniaVolunteers Launches YouTube and Blogger sites

You Tube logoCaliforniaVolunteers is pleased to announce the launch of YouTube and Blogger Web sites!

Read inspiring volunteer stories from around the state as well as blogs from CaliforniaVolunteers Commissioners and staff. Even the First Lady, Maria Shriver, joins our blog community!

Visit YouTube to watch videos of celebrities, like Matthew McConaughey, LeBron James or Sandra Bullock, talking about the importance of volunteering. Maria Shriver, the honorary chair of CaliforniaVolunteers discusses why all Californians should sign up to serve.

In addition, CaliforniaVolunteers now appears on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia!

National Preparedness Conference

National Preparedness Conference logoCaliforniaVolunteers, in partnership with the Sacramento Region Citizen Corps Council, sponsored the second annual National Emergency Preparedness Conference, October 11-13 at the Capitol Christian Center in Sacramento.

Under the theme, “Take the Lead in Disaster Readiness”, the conference showcased best practices by emergency responder agencies, disaster relief organizations and citizen volunteers.

Speakers included: R. David Paulison, Director, FEMA; McGregor Scott, United States Attorney, Eastern District; Karen Baker, Executive Director, CaliforniaVolunteers; Henry Renteria, Director, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; and Matthew Bettenhausen, Director, Office of Homeland Security.

The conference culminated on Saturday, October 13, with a limited full-scale disaster exercise. Trained volunteers, including members of the Community Emergency Response Team and the Medical Reserve Corps, responded to a mock disaster that will include flooding, a hospital collapse and large animal rescue. More than 100 government officials observed the drill.

Selected news clippings:

Local Volunteers Practice Emergency Skills
10/13/07 CBS News 13

Preparing for Disasters
10/13/07 Fox 40 News

Disaster Drill Trains Volunteers to Save Lives
10/13/07 ABC News 10

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Two New CaliforniaVolunteers Commissioners

Timothy Escobar of La Mirada
Escobar has worked for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith since 1993, where he currently serves as assistant vice president and senior financial advisor. He previously worked for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation from 1987 to 1992, holding the positions of technical instructor, manufacturing coordinator and tool designer/master layout. He is a member of the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Escobar previously served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and the California National Guard.

Karen Wilson of Laguna Beach
Wilson has been engaged in service and volunteerism for over 20 years. Since 2003, Wilson has served as a member of the Free Wheelchair Mission Board of Directors where she served as chair from 2003 to 2006. Additionally, she has been a member of the Rising Tide Emancipation Housing Board of Directors since 2001. Wilson previously was a pastor of volunteer opportunities and development for the Mariners Church – Lighthouse Ministries from 1993 to 2002 and volunteered for the Special Olympics from 1989 to 1994.

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