Archive for January, 2011


Follow the Leader

January 20, 2011
Did you volunteer on MLK Day and make it a day ON instead of a day OFF?  Are you looking for the next volunteer project to participate in?  Look no further than Follow the Leader.  You can create your own volunteer project by using the project templates that show you how to put the project together step by step.  This is the perfect opportunity for all volunteer Project Leaders or those looking to step up into a leadership role in our community.
On January 18 the Follow the Leader website went live and Project Playbooks are now available for download.  Completing and reporting back on a project will earn you a shot at winning the Grand Prize: an all expense paid trip for two to the Philippines for a one week “Volunteer Vacation” coordinated by HandsOn Manila, that includes airfare, fees and six night’s lodging!  There are also other great monthly prizesthat include all expense paid trips and Apple i-Pads.Click here for the Follow the Leader Toolkit to help you get geared up and ready to go!  We’d love to see a volunteer from southern Nevada win one of the awesome prizes.  If you’ve already attended Project Leader training and want to participate in Follow the Leader email Heather with your name, contact information and what Project Playbook you’re looking to use and we can work with you to partner with a local organization that can help you lead your project.  You can also browse our list of current Partner Organizations and set up your own project with an organization that interests you.

So don’t wait!  Don’t hesitate!  Don’t procrastinate!  Be a part of the action and see if you can win one of the monthly prizes or the grand prize!

Sargent Shriver: The Passing of a Civic Hero

January 20, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 an extraordinary civic hero passed away.  With passion, dexterity, boldness, and idealism he set out to create institutions and movements to alleviate suffering, cultivate bonds of empathy and reciprocity across difference, and usher in a world where every individual realized their own unique potential.  In reflecting upon his life, we are reminded in the most profound ways possible, the power of an individual to change the world.

Shriver’s work on the War on Poverty included the creation of Head Start, Job Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Neighborhood Health Centers, Legal Services to the Poor, and Foster Grandparents, among others. Alongside his beloved and extraordinary wife, Eunice, he helped create the Special Olympics and served as its Chairman, growing it to a global organization. This singular American hero, through his can-do spirit, practical idealism, abiding faith, and belief that anything is possible in the pursuit of serving others, changed the lives of millions of people all over the world.

See President Obama’s statement and pictures remembring Shriver’s life on the White House Blog here.