October 2009

Long Island Volunteer Center Introduces Service Opportunities

The Long Island Volunteer Center coordinated an event recently that connected more than 300 community members to volunteer opportunities that aligned with their skills and interests.

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HandsOn Network Celebrates 19th Annual Make A Difference Day

HandsOn Network Action Centers made in a difference in communities across the country on Saturday, October 24. Make A Difference Day wrapped up an amazing week of civic engagement – Kids Care Week and the week-long television blitz promoting service thanks to the Entertainment Industry Foundation's iParticipate campaign.

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Points of Light Presidential Forum on Service

History was made Friday evening, October 16, at Points of Light Institute’s Presidential Forum on Service at Texas A&M; University in College Station, Texas.

President Barack Obama joined President George H. W. Bush in honoring individual service and celebrating volunteerism’s tremendous gains during the past two decades under the Points of Light leadership. The unique gathering highlighted the immeasurable value of service and served as a moment for President Obama and former President Bush to inspire a new generation to serve.

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Hands On Atlanta Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The annual Hands On Atlanta Day on October 3 served as a kick-off to Campaign 2010 and a year-long 20th anniversary celebration for Hands On Atlanta.

Volunteers participated in projects that focused on combating hunger and homelessness and meeting environmental, educational and senior citizens’ needs in four neighborhoods across the city. U.S. Congressman John Lewis and several key leaders served alongside Hands On Atlanta founders and volunteers during this hallmark day of civic engagement.
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Kids Care Clubs Feed the Hungry

The United Nations estimates that two to three billion people are malnourished; in America, more than 36 million Americans, including 12.4 million children, are at risk of hunger, according to the USDA. Kids Care Clubs are creating service projects and raising funds to combat this issue and feed the hungry, thanks to the support of Quaker Oats.

From Birmingham to Beijing, Kids Care Clubs around the world will lead Microfinance for Kids and Feed the Hungry projects during the tenth annual Kids Care Week, October 18 – 24, 2009.

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"Travel With Your Mind" Journey Begins

The four schools participating in HandsOn Network and American Express' year-long "Travel with Your Mind" HandsOn Schools program have completed their kick-off projects. Volunteers took action to begin integrating travel themes into the schools.

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Volunteer Broward Collects One Million Pounds of Food

HandsOn Network Action Center Volunteer Broward has set a goal to collect one million pounds of food from September 14 to October 17 for its “Field of Food” distribution event on Saturday, October 17 at Lockhart Stadium.

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HandsOn New Orleans Salutes Guiding Light Cast and Crew

After a 72 year run, the last episode of Guiding Light aired Friday, September 18. Prior to the soap’s exit from the airwaves, cast, crew and fans of Guiding Light joined HandsOn New Orleans for a day of service.
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