On Sept. 27, 2008, across the nation, thousands of individuals, groups, and communities will come together to learn, serve, and celebrate volunteering. This “Day of Action” will showcase the value of volunteerism to communities in bringing about positive change.
With the Day of Action event, ServiceNation hopes that community leaders will make a pledge to increase opportunities for service. The Day of Action is to gather momentum and energy of those at the grassroots level, and get the attention of those at the top, in order to put service back on the government agenda and affect policy change.
The Day of Action idea will kick off during the ServiceNation Summit, scheduled for Sept. 11-12, 2008, in New York City. This Summit will bring together 500 leaders of all ages and from every sector of American life —from universities and foundations, to business and politics—to celebrate the power and potential of citizen service, and lay out a bold policy blueprint for addressing America’s greatest social challenges through expanded opportunities for volunteer and national service.
This event, which will also publicize a “Declaration of Service” that all Americans will be invited to sign, is designed to inspire an America in which, by 2020, 100 million citizens will volunteer time in schools, workplaces, and faith-based and community institutions each and every year (up from 61 million volunteers today).
The ultimate goal is that on an annual basis, increasing numbers of Americans will commit a year of their lives to national service, with one million Americans a year engaged in full-time service by the year 2020.
The ServiceNation Summit will begin with a presidential candidates' forum the evening of Sept. 11, where Senators McCain and Obama have been invited to speak in depth about their views on the role of citizenship and service in post-9/11 America. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will welcome the attendees when the proceedings continue the following day, and the summit will conclude with a keynote address by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who earlier this year became the first governor to create a cabinet post dedicated to service and volunteering.
The ServiceNation Summit is being co-chaired by Caroline Kennedy, Alma Powell, Chair of America’s Promise Alliance, TIME’s Richard Stengel, Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP. It is underwritten by a grant from Carnegie Corporation and Presented by TIME, AARP and Target.
About ServiceNation ServiceNation is a vision of 1 million Americans in full-time service and 100 million Americans in part-time service, each and every year.
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