As you know, we are hunting for the best new ideas for expanding national and community service in America.
I recently asked people like you to pitch in, and you did, in huge numbers. Reading through the many terrific responses, one suggestion really stuck out.
Andrew (Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Executive Director) from Virginia wrote, It is important to include volunteers in advisory and strategy sessions -- with some of the sessions focusing on the volunteers and what motivates them, and with less a focus in these sessions on politics and budget issues.
Andrew is absolutely right: we must harness your enthusiasm and creativity to help shape the future of national and community service.
So we're encouraging supporters like you to host and attend your own strategy meetings to map out the future of service in your own communities. These meetings are already being organized around the country -- click below to find one near you and RSVP to attend:
You can also sign up to host your own event, which can be as simple as a casual get-together with fellow volunteers, or as ambitious as you like. We'll provide you with all the materials you need to hold a productive meeting.
The wide range of great ideas submitted over the past few weeks are proof that the future of service is very bright.
Many of you focused on the importance of teaching service in our schools, while others proposed changing the way service is funded, boosting (or limiting) government involvement in service efforts, reaching out to new communities, and much more.
These suggestions are still pouring in. They will be incorporated into the agenda for a similar meeting we are organizing on April 21st in Washington.
Several weeks ago, we discussed volunteers being trained in the National Capital Region on ECRV 4703. The Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle, staffed by volunteers, provided vital communications during the recent mine explosion in West Virginia.
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