Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Encinitas Easter Eggs

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community this Easter Weekend, look no further than the City of Encinitas Easter Egg Hunt. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, attend the craft booth, and distribute eggs around the park. What could be more fun than spending the day hiding eggs and then watching the kids search frantically around for them? For more information on this event, click here.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Be a Part of the World's Fastest 5k!

On April 6th, runners from around the country will converge in Carlsbad to compete in the Carlsbad 5000. This race is home to 16 World Records, and is considered the fastest 5k race in the world! If you want to be a part of the festivities but don't want to run, volunteer! The event includes:

• Fast and Fun Seaside Course
• 2-Day Health & Fitness Expo
• Beer Garden and Live Music
• 50,000 weekend spectators
• Elite Athlete Invitational

Volunteers are needed to help staff the Awards Booth and Water Stations, and to register new runners. At the finish line volunteers will organize and hand out refreshments, time race participants, and hand out medals, t-shirts and goodie bags. Volunteers over the age of 21 can help staff the beer garden!

Volunteers are also needed on Saturday April 5th for the Junior Carlsbad Race and Friday April 4th for the Pre-Registration Party. Volunteers will help with set-up for a party on Friday from 2 to 7 pm.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of one of the biggest events in North County. Volunteer and have a blast!

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Eat out for SAVY leaders

Come out to Pat & Oscars in Mira Mesa tomorrow, March 25th to help support the SAVY leader program. 20% of all purchases between 5 and 8 pm will be donated to Volunteer San Diego's SAVY leaders. All you have to do is print out the promotional flyer and present it at the time of purchase. The flyer can be downloaded here.

Are you a high school student interested in becoming a SAVY leader? Applications for next school year will be available in April. Check back soon!

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Boomer Volunteerism Survey

Baby Boomers represent an extraordinary opportunity for
volunteer agencies in San Diego County; over the next 10-15
years they will become an increasingly valuable source of
support and innovation for our volunteer organizations! Help
us identify trends in Baby Boomer volunteerism by taking a
brief survey.
Please complete the survey by March 19. We appreciate your
time and input! Click Here to take survey

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TeamWorks Teams Up for the Community

Dedicated blog readers may remember a post on TeamWorks a few months ago. The latest session of TeamWorks 101 concluded last week, and it was a complete success! This edition of TeamWorks focused on the issue of education, and included several projects for the volunteer team to work on together. The team began with a kickoff project making bookmarks together for Homework Helpers, then decided to head outdoors to work on Challenge Ranch, an organization dedicated to providing outdoor opportunities for under-privileged children. Together they repaired trails, trimmed the trees, patched up the horse corral, and had a blast the whole time. After successfully working at the Ranch, they headed back to the classroom to teach a group of children at the boys and girls club ways to prepare for the next disaster.

Throughout the TeamWorks Series, the team kept a strong vision to make a difference in their community. Despite the difficult scheduling and the obstacles the team faced, they came together and pulled through with a strong sense of teamwork.

After four months of committing themselves to service the team can claim many accomplishments. They educated 13 people about the issues at hand, completed 4 projects at Challenge Ranch, and instructed 8 children on ways to prepare for a disaster. Combined they completed over a hundred hours of service to the community! Way to go guys!

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Monday, March 10, 2008

VSD is the "Best Place" to Be!

Volunteer San Diego was recently recognized at the San Diego Business Journal's 9th Annual Best Places to Work Awards! There were 3 categories of non-profit awards – recognizing small, medium and large organizations, and Volunteer San Diego won in the small category (0 – 50 employees). Congratulations to VSD staff, board, and all the volunteers!

Click here to listen to our podcast in which Development Director Kelli Ochoa and Ron Clayton discuss this exciting news!

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Discounted tickets at the Rep!

The San Diego Repertory Theatre would like to offer a special ticket deal to all VSD volunteers. For their latest production The Clean House, they're offering $5 off all tickets. Just call the box office (619-544-1000) and say you're a registered member of Volunteer San Diego.

The show runs from February 23-March 22. Groups (10 or more people) who are interested in going to the show should call Katrina at 619-544-1000 for details.

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

California Makes History for Volunteerism

On February 26th, Governor Schwartzenegger took first-in-the-nation action to encourage volunteerism in California. The Governor signed an executive order to establish the new position of secretary of service and volunteering. The executive order will raise the profile of service in the Golden State to a national level, encourage more Californians to become involved with service and volunteerism, help California respond to natural disasters and emergencies, and give California's volunteers a voice at the highest levels of state government.

Sue Carter, VSD's Executive Director, says, "As a hub of CaliforniaVolunteers, Volunteer San Diego is excited and encouraged by the Executive Order creating a Cabinet-level position for volunteering. Volunteers are a vital force to change our community for the better. We look forward to continued partnership with the state to increase and enhance volunteerism." For more information and to read some of the national media coverage our state received, visit this webpage:

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