ServiceNation- National Campaign for Volunteer Action

New York, NY (July 1, 2008)- The Alliance for Community Trees is one of the organizing committee members of ServiceNation, a unique moment for the idea that voluntary service can unite Americans in common cause, help address specific social challenges, and be at the core of a new era of civic engagement. ACT supports the call for expanded volunteer opportunities, and encourages all members to participate in the movement by hosting a Day of Action event and asking their Congressional representatives to support ServiceNation legislation.

Americans have enormous untapped creativity and energy when it comes to solving our problems. And shared sacrifice for a common purpose has been the hallmark of our greatest generations. The ultimate vision of ServiceNation is an America in which, by 2020, 100 million Americans will volunteer time in schools, workplaces, and faith-based and community institutions each and every year (up from 61 million today), and that increasing numbers of Americans annually will commit a year of their lives to national service.
ServiceNation is a national and bipartisan campaign that has brought together more than 100 organizations (ranging from the AARP to the National Council of La Raza, from the American Jewish Committee to the American Red Cross), with a collective reach of some 100 million Americans. The ServiceNation coalition was convened by Be the Change, City Year, Civic Enterprises, and Points Of Light Institute.
The goals of ServiceNation are: to expand voluntary community and national service opportunities for all Americans; use proven service strategies to create targeted service corps that will take on some of our most chronic social challenges (like the high school dropout crisis); and inspire Americans to make service a core ideal of our democracy. ServiceNation does not support mandatory service requirements.
ServiceNation Summit
ServiceNation will launch with a bipartisan summit in New York City, September 11-12, which will bring together hundreds of leading Americans to lay out a bold policy blueprint, promote new service legislation, and promulgate a Declaration on Service.
ServiceNation Day of Action
Two weeks after the ServiceNation Summit, ServiceNation will engage tens of thousands of Americans in hundreds of events across he country, in a national Day of Action to celebrate service and showcase its impact and potential. Anyone can create an event or attend an existing event. To date, nearly 900 Day Of Action events have been created across all 50 states.
ServiceNation Policy Agenda
Following the Day of Action, ServiceNation will lead supporters of service in a year-long campaign to inspire Americans to: support the expansion of voluntary community and national service opportunities and the use of proven service strategies to target chronic social problems; and to make service a core ideal of their civic engagement. As part of that campaign, the leaders and citizens of ServiceNation will call on the next president and Congress to enact by September 11, 2009 the legislation needed to bring about a new era of voluntary service in America.
Related Resources:
Register for ServiceNation Day of Action
ServiceNation Summit
ServiceNation Day of Action
ServiceNation Coalition Organizations