Governor Schwarzenegger Secretary of Service and Volunteering was Tuesday’s KVML’s “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are her words:
“Hi, this is Karen Baker, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s secretary of service and volunteering, filling in for the Governor with another California Report.
On Monday, our state will host the country’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders. More than 4,000 people will gather in San Francisco to take service to the next level.
This is such an exciting time for volunteerism. We are thinking big, and we are taking action.
That is why Governor Schwarzenegger, and First Lady Maria Shriver, are co-hosting the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.
Michelle Obama will join us, and outline national plans to harness the growing volunteer movement.
President Obama has made service a central part of his administration, and he recently signed the most sweeping expansion of service programs in 75 years.
California is a partner in this movement, and has long been out in front, leading the way.
The Governor issued a call to service when he took office in 2003, and has worked to make service and volunteerism a part of everything he does.
We have had so many successes.
We created CaliforniaVolunteers.org the nation’s largest state website with more than 45,000 volunteer opportunities.
We were the first state in the nation to create a cabinet-level position on service and volunteering.
And we have also started a Green Job Corps, are creating a Volunteer Disaster Corps, and have the largest AmeriCorps program in the country.
California’s volunteers give close to 900 million hours of service a year, and their economic contribution amounts to $17.5 billion.
And today, in these difficult economic times, volunteers are needed more than ever.
We need everyone to stand up, step in and make a difference – tutoring children, restoring habitat or even checking on a homebound neighbor.
We need you, too. If you aren’t already serving, we have so many exciting and wonderful options for you.
Go to our Web site, californiavolunteers.org, and you will find the volunteer opportunity that is just right for you.
You can also follow the National Conference on Volunteering and Service on the Governor’s Web site at www.gov.ca.gov, beginning Monday.
We know that when we serve others, we change lives. And that when we act, others do, too. It starts a chain reaction.
There is a chain reaction sweeping the nation. Please join us.
For Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, this Karen Baker. Thank you for watching and thank you for listening.”
The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
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