Funding Partners 2009
MLK Day/Inaugural Events
On January 20th, 2009 ServiceNation convened 1200 people at the Ballou Senior High School for a "New Era of Service" breakfast. Featured speakers included Martin Luther King, II, Congressman John Lewis, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and First Lady of California Maria Shriver. ServiceNation, in partnership with Target, DC Cares, City Year, Heart of America and MTV, led a service project held at Simon Elementary School to revitalize the school and their libraries.
Save Mass Service Rally
When Massachusetts State Senate cut funding for the Massachusetts Service Alliance, ServiceNation helped organize a rally on the Boston Common in order to save service in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick spoke as well as those from organizations that would be affected by the cuts. Full funding was ultimately restored.
National Conference on Service and Volunteering - June Forum
ServiceNation convened a special luncheon for ServiceNation Leadership. The luncheon brought together coalition leaders, as well as champions from other sectors. Special guests included Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post; Lisa Paulsen, CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation; Shannon Schuyler, U.S. Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility for PricewaterhouseCoopers; Alan Solomont, Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and Laysha Ward, President of the Target Foundation.
September 11 - My Good Deed
ServiceNation and My Good Deed co-hosted a special event at New York's Beacon Theater to commemorate the heroes of 9/11 on the first annual National Day Of Service and Remembrance. Speakers included: Hilary Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, New York Gov. David Paterson, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), head of the House of Representatives Service Caucus. Family members of the 9/11 victims also spoke to the audience. Actor Gary Sinise appeared at the event, with live performances by singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, the Harlem Boys and Girls Club Alumni Choir, Grammy Award winners The Roots, John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting and 2009 MTV Video Music Award nominee Anjulie.
Mission Serve Launch
On Veterans Day 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Mrs. Alma Powell joined ServiceNation in Washington, DC as we officially launched Mission Serve at George Washington University, celebrating 36 civilian-military service partnerships.
Cities of Service
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, joined by mayors from 16 cities across the country, launched Cities of Service on September 10, 2009. Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors representing more than 20 million Americans, who are working together to engage millions more volunteers in service. The founding mayors met for a half-day summit at Gracie Mansion where they signed a Declaration of Service, a commitment to finding new ways to tap the power of volunteers to address each city’s most pressing challenges.
ServiceNation also thanks the following individuals and organizations for their investment in our work: