Day of Service events in Pleasanton, Livermore
Original post made by Grace on Jan 15, 2009
Pleasanton Weekly, community groups -- anything you know of where people can quickly organize to help out locally?
on Jan 16, 2009 at 9:01 am
I saw this announcement, too, but haven't seen any media coverage locally. I can't believe that there are no events around the area to pitch in for the environment or seniors or others in need of a hand!
on Jan 17, 2009 at 8:40 pm
The only listing for January 19 service opportunities in Pleasanton on USAservice.org was for blood donors for the American Red Cross. After signing up for that and having a confirmation call, I was disappointed to get a later call informing me the Blood Bank was closing for the holiday. I like the concept of making MLK Jr. Day a day of national service -- of "Rebuilding America Together" -- and hope our community agencies will begin planning now what volunteer opportunities they will list in 2010. Perhaps our city council could help make this happen. Pleasanton missed a chance to join in a nationwide effort to make a difference.
on Jan 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm
Thanks for posting and the feedback, JL. I was really hoping that something would materialize where people in Pleasanton could pitch in and join the national effort... I know some might ask "why don't YOU organize something if you're the one suggesting it?", but I don't currently have any ties with volunteer organizations, although I'm interested in becoming part of one.
I think it's a great idea that the incoming president is asking for citizen participation, both in the political arena and on a more personal, local level -- fellow human being to fellow human being. I know that the national day of service on MLK day is a symbolic effort, hopefully the beginning of a year of volunteerism and compassion... and beyond.