Celebrating People in Action for National Volunteer Week (April 19-25)

National Volunteer Week 2009 is April 19-25. This year’s theme is “Celebrating People in Action.” Below are three new stories of service members or volunteers with disabilities in action, “honoring the individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities.”

People First logoTiffany Hunter, AmeriCorps VISTA
People First of Nevada-Carson City Chapter, 2006-present
Quadriplegia and TBI

“The Carson City Chapter of People First [of Nevada], began with 10 people. In three years, we’ve doubled,” says Tiffany. Meeting monthly, she tracks and facilitates PFN-CC meetings and encourages those in attendance to determine the thrust of the chapter. The experience of working as a VISTA has also allowed Tiffany to increase the network of partners connected to PFN-CC. “We had a barbecue social, but we didn’thave very much money to hold the event. I looked around for donations, but wasn’t having much luck until I talked to the manager at the local grocery chain where I shop. She originally offered to donate $20, but when I went back to the store to pick up the donation, she had increased the donation to $50. With that I was able to buy everything I Continue reading

Make Your MLK Day More Meaningful

Online tools and web-based training help people who want to makepicture-14 their MLK Day service project better, and more meaningfully connected to the life and legacy of Dr. King.

On Twitter:

Follow @MLKDay on Twitter.

Information about EnCorps tools:

With Martin Luther King Day just around the corner (as well as any other activities or projects members are preparing), the EnCorps collection includes ready-to-go project planning tools to aid AmeriCorps members in visualizing and organizing their ideas.

Click here: http://snipurl.com/projectplanning

Information about a HandsOn training 12/12:

As a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service grantee of the Corporation for National and Community Service, HandsOn Network is pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar on December 12th at 3:00 Eastern.

Join us as Malikah Berry leads “Civic Engagement: Service and Civics Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and Social Justice Movements.” Explore ways to make your MLK Day of Service more meaningful as you tie activities to the legacy of Dr. King and other social justice movements. Discover how to use films, workshops, and service projects to build a “beloved community.”

Visit http://pointsoflight.org/resources/training/traininglist.cfm?cat=vc to register for this free webinar.

If you have any questions, please contact us at training@handsonnetwork.org.

National service participants are encouraged to engage in direct service in their communities on MLK Day every year. Learn more about registering or joining a project.

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