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Archive for 'Service Plan'

The holidays are the perfect time to give back to your community

Last week the Corporation for National and Community Service released the 2011 version of their annual report “Volunteering and Civic Life in America”, which ranks cities and states according to the percentage of their population who perform some type of volunteer service over the course of a given year. Seattle’s been ranked #4 every year […]

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Help students succeed in school

The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to assist students in grades 1 – 12 with homework assignments in English, history, mathematics, science, social studies and other subjects on a drop-in basis. Homework Help volunteer opportunities are available at the Beacon Hill, Columbia, Delridge, High Point, NewHolly, Northgate, Rainier Beach and South Park branches. Volunteers […]

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In 30 minutes a week, you can make a difference in a child’s life

As you read in our February call for volunteers, it takes a whole community to make sure our kids are successful in school and in life.   By serving as a reading mentor, an after-school instructor, or a mentor for middle and high school youth, consistent and caring adults can make a big impact in the […]

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Help needed as food bank donations decline 30% citywide

Yesterday Mayor McGinn visited the North Helpline Food Bank in Lake City to call on Seattleites to donate food, money and volunteer time to local food banks, which are facing increasing numbers of clients and declining food donations. According to the Seattle Food Committee, in the last four years, Seattle food banks have seen a […]

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Leveraging volunteer service in pursuit of social justice

The opportunity and achievement gaps facing Seattle’s children and youth are a critical social justice issue for our city. Helping all children and youth be successful in school and in life while closing those gaps has been one of Mayor McGinn’s top priorities both on his campaign and since the beginning of his administration. It’s […]

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Update on Summer Reading Camp

A lot has happened since our last post about the Summer Reading Camp, a joint project of Mayor McGinn’s Service Plan and Washington Reading Corps. On July 16th the mayor organized a barbecue at his home in Greenwood to recognize the partners, volunteers and funders who worked together to make the Summer Reading Camp a […]

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Responding to the Loss of Summer School: Summer Reading Camp!

Literacy doesn’t stop when the school year ends. Children who are not reading at grade level by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school. Data shows that struggling readers who do not have summer reading support may lose all of their reading skills gained during the year. If they have […]

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Honoring those who have helped serve our community

I recently had the pleasure of honoring over 100 community members who are making a difference in the lives of Seattle’s youth and families. Each of them has become part of the solution by volunteering to help children achieve 3rd grade reading levels; support quality after school programs at the middle schools Community Learning Centers; […]

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Thank you to our Service Plan volunteers

A week ago at the City Hall Open House, I spoke about Seattle’s Service Plan to leverage volunteer service in support of our children and youth. In my Service Plan for Seattle, we are responding to what we know is a crisis facing our kids and youth. I said on Saturday that: “In a city, we […]

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Citywide Service Plan launched

Friday afternoon, the Citywide Service Plan was launched at Beacon Hill International School. You can view the video of the launch here. Mayor McGinn and Chief Service Officer Lynda Petersen were joined by Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson and United Way of King County President and CEO Jon Fine. Volunteer Bryan Reich from Microsoft talked […]

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