Newsletter – October 2010

California Secretary of Service and Volunteering Codified

Governor's Office sealOn October 19, Governor Schwarzenegger signed ABx6 10 into law. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, legally establishes the position of Secretary of Service and Volunteering for the state of California. Currently, the Secretary of Service and Volunteering position is authorized exclusively under Executive Order S-02-08, signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in February 2008.

The signing of this bill is another watershed moment in Governor Schwarzenegger’s nation leading effort to include service and volunteering in the highest levels of government. In December 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-24-06, renaming the organization CaliforniaVolunteers. In this Executive Order, Governor Schwarzenegger charged CaliforniaVolunteers with ensuring the coordination of volunteer activities related to disaster response and recovery, including necessary training, equipment, and transportation provisions.

On February 26, 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger today took first-in-the-nation action to encourage volunteerism in California and to improve coordination of volunteer efforts between the state’s departments and agencies by signing Executive Order S-02-08 to establish a new position of secretary of service and volunteering. The Secretary leads the efforts of CaliforniaVolunteers and serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. This order also charged CaliforniaVolunteers with managing donations in times of disaster.

CaliforniaVolunteers Matching Network Upgrades Technology

CaliforniaVolunteers logoThe California Volunteer Matching Network (CVMN), powered by Network for Good, is a dynamic easy-to-use online volunteer search engine that helps connect Californians with volunteer opportunities in their communities. The CVMN database includes over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across the state. The interface has been redesigned to make it easy for individuals to share volunteer opportunities and enhance the visibility for volunteer opportunity providers, including local volunteer centers.

Improvement made include:

New Look and Feel

  • Clean, easy to navigate search pages.
  • View volunteer opportunity search results in a list or map view.
  • Easily sort search results by title, date or distance.
  • Expand number of search results displayed at a time (10, 20, 30, all).
  • See snapshot details about an opportunity as a pop-up within the page view.
  • Prominently placed volunteer opportunity provider logos.

New Search Capabilities

  • Filter search results within the page view by commitment type, interest area or special audiences.
  • Simple keyword search form for quick search.
  • Advanced search form includes
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  • Keywords (simple or advanced)
  • Category (animals, arts, children etc.)
  • Opportunity Type (one-time, ongoing, full-time)
  • Audience Type (kids, seniors, teens, groups)
  • Zip code or county location

New Sharing and Social Media Tools

  • Save opportunities to favorites list.
  • Share opportunities with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools.

Women’s Conference 2010

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CaliforniaVolunteers hosted an information booth at the 2010 Women’s Conference in Long Beach. Hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Women’s Conference is the nation’s premier forum for women. From October 24 through October 26, The Women’s Conference 2010 engaged more than 30,000 people. The three-day forum kicked off this year on Sunday, October 24 with Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s in Long Beach. Alzheimer’s disproportionately impacts women – both as victims and caretakers of loved one’s suffering from it – and the disease was featured prominently both during the three days of the conference and a full week before as Maria Shriver published a groundbreaking new Shriver Report focused on Alzheimer’s. Proceeds from The Women’s Conference’s Main Event, Grand Finale featuring The 2010 Minerva Awards, Night at The Village, A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation, and Night at the Theater events all support the conference organization’s six WE Programs – WE Educate, WE Invest, WE Connect, WE Act, WE Inspire and WE Honor. For more details, visit:

AmeriCorps 2011-12 Grantmaking

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CaliforniaVolunteers conducts a grantmaking process to provide communities with AmeriCorps funding. Due to the limited availability of 2011 funds, CaliforniaVolunteers will not be conducting an open statewide grant process. Instead a grant application will be made available to currently operating programs in their third year and Governor Initiatives that have been previously identified by both the Governor’s Office and the CaliforniaVolunteers Commission:  Building Healthy Communities (in partnership with the California Endowment) and Cities of Service.

VolunteerMatch, IdeaEncore Network, and IssueLab Collaborate to Create New Nonprofit Volunteer Resource Library Sharing Volunteer Resources So Nonprofits Can Avoid Reinventing Wheels

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VolunteerMatch, IdeaEncore Network, and IssueLab announced a new collaboration to build a collection of research and other resources about the field of volunteering. Together the three services – each a national knowledge hub for the nonprofit sector – will make a collection of white papers, case studies, evaluations, as well as operational tools, templates and best practices more broadly and easily available to the volunteer managers, executive directors, and nonprofit practitioners who can most benefit from them.

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