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Round-up: Serve America Act Anniversary and National Volunteer Week

Posted by kate12907 on April 29, 2010

April 18 through the 24th 2010 was an exciting week in the service world. It marked the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act; it was also National Volunteer Week.

To get the week started President Obama made a statement highlighting the importance of national service:

Whether through the workplace or a house of worship, in our own neighborhoods or in another state or country, service binds us together as Americans in a way nothing else can. It defines us as a people, and it is essential to achieving our national priorities. Together, let us answer the call, take hold of our shared future, and meet the challenges of our new century.

The House of Representatives also recognized this monumental occasion by issuing a statement regarding the innovation and expansion of service in America:

Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act promotes social innovation by supporting and expanding proven programs and builds capacity of individuals, non- profits, and communities to volunteer.

On Tuesday April 20th ServiceNation, America Forward and Voices for National Service hosted a luncheon on at the Newseum in honor of the first anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The event included a video tribute introduced by the wife of the late Senator Kennedy, remarks about service and citizenship by Cokie Roberts, and a keynote by Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National Community Service.

Also on Tuesday, the Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network held the first-ever LEAD Summit. It convened media innovators, nonprofit experts, and more than 300 volunteer leaders to discuss new-media ways to engage and mobilize volunteers.  The Summit explored the power of new social media platforms and reflected upon how volunteer leaders are creating new pathways of self-organizing for change.

On Wednesday, April 21st Shirley Sagawa launched her book, The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America at the American Center for Progress. Ms. Sagawa gave a brief speech and was then joined in a panel by Lester Strong, CEO of Experience Corps, and Jason Patnosh, National Director of Community HealthCorps, where the future of national service in America was discussed.

National Volunteer Week went off with a bang. The week was not only inspiring but it did a great job of promoting volunteerism and service in America.

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