The Governor´s Secretary of Service and Volunteering was Tuesday morning´s KVML Newsmaker of the Day:
“Hi, this is Karen Baker, Governor Schwarzenegger´s Secretary of Service and Volunteering, filling in for the Governor with this week´s California Report.
The holiday season is such a great time of the year.
It´s about joyous family gatherings and spending time with loved ones.
It´s also about giving back and helping those who are less fortunate.
Too many Californians will spend the holidays alone, hungry or without a roof over their head.
Like the Governor has said, this holiday season, let´s commit to doing something for others.
And in these tough economic times, lending a helping hand is even more important.
It´s as simple as cooking a hot meal for a struggling neighbor.
Or visiting a nursing home, serving on the board of a local charity, coaching a youth soccer team, tutoring a child, the list goes on and on.
And not only does volunteering help those we serve, it also provides significant health benefits and professional development opportunities so critically important during these tough times.
Last week, First Lady Maria Shriver recently joined OneVoice, a wonderful nonprofit in Los Angeles, making care packages for needy families.
Great opportunities like this exist all across our state and we have made it easier than ever
to get involved.
Just log onto CaliforniaVolunteers.org and you´ll find more than 45,000 volunteer opportunities.
Like the Governor says, let´s create a California of the Heart and use our muscle to lift up
our neighbors and communities.
Let´s pitch in, let´s serve and let´s make this holiday season just a little brighter for our
And if you are a Californian struggling to get ahead, visit WEConnect.net, an initiative of First Lady Maria Shriver designed to connect hard working California families to money, opportunity and turn their dreams into reality.
On behalf of the Governor, this is Karen Baker.
Thank you for listening.”
The Newsmaker of the Day can be heard each weekday morning at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47 on AM-1450 KVML.
Written by Mark Truppner