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Serve Idaho Accepting Idaho’s Brightest Star Nominations

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 4, 2018
Information Contact:  Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is accepting nominations for the annual Idaho’s Brightest Star Awards. The awards recognize outstanding Idaho volunteers in a variety of categories. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 19, 2018.

Nomination forms can be found at Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is accepting nominations for the annual Idaho’s Brightest Star Awards. The awards recognize outstanding Idaho volunteers in a variety of categories. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 19, 2018. Continue reading

State Philanthropic Organizations Hosting Community Conversations

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For Immediate Release: Aug. 20, 2018
Information Contact:  Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

The Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho Nonprofit Center and Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, will complete their series of community conversations across the state in Hailey and Pocatello Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.  Conversations will focus on community needs and challenges, existing resources and promising new solutions in the charitable sector.

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Idaho Receives More than $1.1 Million for AmeriCorps Programs

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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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