Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Volunteer Center Joins the National Call to Serve on Martin Luther King Day
We are highly inspired by the recent National Call to serve. As a nation, we are at a great crossroad. We find ourselves in a time of enormous need and yet great promise. Both the need and public enthusiasm are there to re-ignite a spirit of service. Here at the Volunteer Center we have been so pleased by the number of individuals who have recognized this need and come forward to donate their time to our local public services, non-profits, schools, and community programs. In this time of economic downturn, we have seen an increasing number of registered volunteers on our volunteer matching website, currently averaging up to 60 new registered volunteers and over 2000 new visitors each month searching for volunteer opportunities. We are fortunate that everyday individuals step up in expected and unexpected ways to be the difference in Santa Cruz County!
We invite community members to join us in the call to service on the Martin Luther King Holiday Jan 19th, 2009. For the past 14 years The MLK Holiday has been recognized not as a day off, but a day on. In an effort to support the national call to serve, General Powell unveiled www.USAService.org where Americans can sign up for projects or register their event. The Volunteer Centers in partnership with fellow non-profits in Santa Cruz County added a variety of volunteer opportunities to over 8000 other events happening across the country.