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A reflection on the power of volunteerism and the Governor’s Points of Light Awards

 

A reflection on the power of volunteerism

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by Amber Martin-Jahn Executive Director Nevada Volunteers

Last week I spoke at our 13th Annual Governor’s Points of Light Awards. What an inspiring event! At the morning reception honoring all the finalists I was awed by the ability of these individuals and organizations to transform volunteer service into good for their communities.

 

The finalists and award recipients re-affirm that volunteerism is powerful. It is powerful and it is good for Nevada.

Volunteering is also a purposeful act. It is a choice. At some point each of the finalists, individuals and organizations decided to take action and that action resulted in a power of good for Nevada. It might have started as a little spark of wanting to make a difference, or wanting to change something and today it is something so much bigger, something deserving of recognition, something that is powerful.

Volunteerism is powerful and it is good for Nevada. But what is it that moved each of these finalists to get involved?
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2015 Governor’s Points of Light Award Recipients announced

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amber Martin-Jahn, Executive Director

(775) 825-1900 | amber@nevadavolunteers.org

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2015 Governor’s Points of Light Award Recipients Announced

RENO/LAS VEGAS, October 8, 2015 — The 7 Award Recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Points of Light award were announced by Dale Erquiaga at the Annual Governor’s Points of Light Award ceremony hosted by Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, on Thursday, October 8th.

 

Award Recipients were selected by a panel of leaders in business, government, and nonprofits from across the state for the extent to which their volunteerism exemplifies achievement, need, innovation, mobilization and endurance. The Governor’s Points of Light Award is the highest honor bestowed for volunteerism.

The 2015 annual Governor’s Points of Light Award Recipients include:

 

 

Individual Volunteer: Northern Nevada

Malibu Robertson (Sparks)

 

Individual Volunteer: Southern Nevada

Dr Mary Ann Allison (Henderson)

 

Individual Volunteer: Rural Nevada

Deb Cash (Carson City)

 

Volunteer Manager

Tom Crawford (Carson City)

 

 

Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program

Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division Volunteer Programs

 

Corporate and Business Volunteer Program
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Nevadans Unite in Service for the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amber Martin-Jahn, Executive Director

(775) 825-1900 |(775) 741-8701 |Amber@nevadavolunteers.org

nevadavolunteers.org

 

Nevadans Unite in Service for the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

SPARKS/LAS VEGAS, September 10, 2015 —Community volunteers and AmeriCorps members will step up in service to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Participants will help to revitalize a neighborhood in Las Vegas and remove invasive weeds from a heavily used park in Sparks, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in volunteer service.

“September 11th is a day of history, emotion, and reflection,” said Amber Martin-Jahn, the Executive Director of Nevada Volunteers. “For many Americans it is also a day of service that provides an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to rekindle the compassion and unity shown on that day.”

 

September 11th was designated a national day of service by the 2009 Kennedy Serve America Act. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event, working with MyGoodDeed and hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide.
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NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amber Martin-Jahn, Executive Director

(775) 825-1900 | amber@nevadavolunteers.org

nevadavolunteers.org

 

 

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Seeking Nevada Organizations committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and environment

RENO | LAS VEGAS, August 25, 2015 —Nevada Volunteers is pleased to release this Notice of Funding which requests applications from Nevada organizations and agencies interested in receiving AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps programs support local community efforts by addressing education, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, disaster services and veteran and military families through AmeriCorps member assignments which provide direct service and capacity-building activities, while also mobilizing volunteers. Applicants will design service activities for a team of members who have each committed to one year of service. Sample activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, disaster response, job training/placement, assisting the elderly with resource navigation, and restoring environmental habitat.
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