Tag Archives: Serve Idaho

Idaho Receives More than $1.1 Million for AmeriCorps Programs

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Aug. 7, 2018
Information Contact:  Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism has received a $1,164,578 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund Idaho AmeriCorps programs in 2018-2019. The grants will support the service of 155 AmeriCorps members statewide. AmeriCorps members give a year of intensive service on a full-time or part-time basis.

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State Philanthropic Organizations to Host Community Conversations

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2018
Information Contact: Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Idahoans are invited to attend one of a series of free community conversations this summer focusing on community needs and challenges, existing resources and new solutions in the charitable sector.

Each community conversation will feature a local expert, who will share information on the community’s needs and challenges, and will be followed with a town hall conversation.

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AmeriCorps Kicks Off Eighth Annual Statewide Idaho@Play Week

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For Immediate Release: May 29, 2018
Information Contact: Kirstin Mann (208) 332-3578 ext. 3930

Serve Idaho and Idaho AmeriCorps members have several events scheduled around the state in June to celebrate Idaho@Play. The goal is to improve the lives of Idaho’s youth by encouraging outside activity to prevent childhood obesity and to help them remain healthy throughout their lives.

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Boise City Council Member Appointed as Serve Idaho Commissioner

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For Immediate Release: May 17, 2018
Information Contact: Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed Lisa Sánchez, Boise City Council member, to Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

“Ms. Sánchez brings a wealth of knowledge about the Boise community and great enthusiasm for the role of volunteers,” said Renee Bade, program manager for Serve Idaho. Continue reading

Volunteer Opportunities, Celebrations Mark MLK / Idaho Human Rights Day

Monday, Jan. 15, Idaho joins with the nation to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate MLK / Idaho Human Rights Day. Organizations throughout Idaho are holding events and offering activities to celebrate.

MLK Day marks the recognition of the birth and life of the Baptist minister and noted civil rights leader. National legislation passed in 1994 encouraged Americans to transform the annual holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of King. Those who have the day off from work are asked to “make it a day on, not a day off” by participating in one of the many day of service activities across Idaho. All events take place Jan. 15 unless noted otherwise.

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Brightest Stars Ceremony Recognizes Idaho’s Volunteers

Seventy-four outstanding volunteers from throughout the state were recently honored by Lt. Gov. Brad Little at Idaho’s Brightest Stars awards ceremony in Boise.

The volunteers were nominated for their contributions in seven categories – Business, Individual, Nonprofit/Civic Organization, Senior Citizen, Student, Teacher/Professor and Veteran. All were nominated by fellow Idahoans for their extraordinary volunteer efforts.

The winners were:

Veteran:

John Harrington Burns Brightest Stars award winner

John Harrington Burns, photo courtesy Doug Brown

John Harrington Burns depicts what it means to be a lifelong volunteer.  A World War II Navy veteran, John is the founder of the Rock of Honor in Meridian, which honors the 66 veterans from Meridian who were killed or died from wounds suffered in action.  John is also the founder of the Freedom Museum in Manassas, Virginia, where he served on the board for many years.  In addition to his volunteer contributions, John is also the author of two books and writes a weekly column entitled “One Vet’s View” for the Valley Times Newspaper.  Although John is 90 years old, you would never know by his active engagement in the community and service to others. 

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Commemorate MLK Human Rights Day through Volunteerism and Celebration

Monday, Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. / Idaho Human Rights Day and there are plenty of opportunities throughout Idaho to volunteer and celebrate King’s legacy.

Historically, Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the recognition of the birth and life of the Baptist minister and noted civil rights leader. National legislation passed in 1994 encouraging Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of King. If you have Martin Luther King Jr. / Idaho Human Rights Day off, you can put it to good use by participating in one of the many day of service activities across Idaho.

Learn more about events planned around the state:

Southwest Idaho

Boise State University MLK march, rally and celebration. Boise State University poster-making, march and rally to be held on Monday, Jan. 16 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Student Union Jordan Ballroom and ending at the steps of the Idaho State Capitol at noon.

Martin Luther King Jr / Idaho Human Rights Day celebration at the Idaho State Capitol Building on Monday, Jan. 16 at noon. The public is invited to attend this hourlong celebration of “a day of service” honoring the life, accomplishments and continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event will feature keynote speaker Said Ahmed-Zaid, College of Engineering, Boise State University; master of ceremonies Francisco Salinas, director of student diversity and inclusion, Boise State University and the Boise State University Trumpeters. Allison Tilden will sing the National Anthem.

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Idaho CEOs Weigh in on Importance of Volunteering for Job Seekers

A 2013 study from the Corporation for National and Community Service found volunteers had a 27 percent better chance of finding employment than those who don’t volunteer. Many Idaho CEOs also see the connection between volunteering and future employment.

Connie Miller

Connie Miller

“We hire a lot of young people,” said Connie Miller, CEO of Icon Credit Union, board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and on the board development committee for Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council Inc. “More than anything, we look for the volunteer spirit.”

With that in mind, here in their own words, are several reasons why volunteering can help job seekers find work.

  • Volunteering is a state of mind that shows more to employers than simply the actions you accomplish while volunteering.

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Learn How Three People Turned a Volunteer Experience into a Career

Students entering the job market have a 27 percent higher chance of being hired if they have volunteer experience.  Volunteering teaches valuable job skills, improves social networks, provides real world experience and demonstrates an individual’s ability to work in teams.  Below are a few  examples of Idahoans who turned volunteering into a career.

Elizabeth Corsentino was a Boise State University student who volunteered at Radio Boise because of her love for music. Through networking at her position, she met the Treefort festival director who hired her to be part of the original founding group for the annual music festival.

“Volunteering is the best way to develop skills and network in the field you’re passionate about,” Corsentino said.

Corsentino now organizes and manages the volunteers for Treefort and is the volunteer coordinator for Radio Boise.

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Volunteer Opportunities Available During the Holiday Season

So you want to volunteer this holiday season but might not know where to start? Here are a few volunteer opportunities in Idaho this holiday season.

Winter Garden aGlow, Boise

Talk about having a great view while you’re volunteering. Winter Garden aGlow takes place at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise from Nov. 26 to New Year’s Day. The Winter Garden aGlow is a walk through a Christmas light and decoration show boasting more than 300,000 displayed lights. Volunteer shifts are 4.5 hours, and there is a variety of available positions varying from taking tickets, monitoring paths, serving complimentary cocoa and cider, handing out candy canes and many more opportunities. A full list can be found at http://idahobotanicalgarden.org/winter-garden-aglow/. Contact: Karen Christeson at (208) 275-8605, karen@idahobotanicalgarden.org

Secret Santa Volunteers, Pocatello

Want to help out with Secret Santa but your budget might be a little too tight to participate?  The Salvation Army in Pocatello is looking for volunteers at its Angel Tree site in the Pine Ridge Mall until Dec. 24. Volunteers will collect information from people wishing to participate in the program as well as collect and document the gifts brought in. Volunteer positions also are available to help with sorting, packing and distributing donated gifts. Contact Information: Julie Christiansen, (208) 232-5318, Julie.christiansen@usw.salvationsarmy.org

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