Today is the last day of July. I cannot believe that we are getting so close to the end of summer. This is a great time to start thinking about and planning your service-learning activities, projects, etc. for the 2009-2010 school year! Check out the National Learn & Serve Challenge's website for more details.
Moving on to the news. We have been inundated with news stories in the last few days since the Volunteering in America report was released. My apologizes for not being as up to date - that just means more stories for today! For the most part, the stories have been positive. However, there are always opponents to the work we are trying to push forward. I will try not dwell upon them, and instead focus on the "wins" we have made!
The press continues to tout the great efforts of those in their communities: Portland News (Oregon), Utah (#1 for the 4th year in a row), and Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle is #4). Other newspapers chide their communities for not doing more and to use these rankings as an opportunity to get more involved. Los Angeles and El Paso rank 7th to last and last in their respective rankings (based off of population size). Will this make a difference? Only time will tell!
On with other news:
Portland Press Herald (Maine), July 29, 2009 - Some speculate that with harder economic times, volunteering would decrease. However, as this article points out, people are pouring their energies outside of their own immediate families and selves to help others in need.
NonProfit Times, July 28, 2009 - The NonProfit Times highlights the volunteering efforts of young adults, which makes up a large part of the spike in volunteerism. It is especially reassuring for me, as a millennial, to see others in my generation embracing the work we are trying to hard to advance. Click here for the full article.