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Community service to be focus of meetings Wednesday

Are you a thought leader?

Community service to be focus of meetings Wednesday

Are you a thought leader?

Eagles President Joe Banner is.

Which is why he will join Philadelphia's Chief Service Officer, Catie Wolfgang andotherstomorrow to discussa plan for encouraging and increasing community service. The meeting coincides with a visit from a Washington official, Stan Soloway, from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.

Mayor Nutter's wife, Lisa, will also be involved in the discussion, joining other first wives from many cities and states who have filled similar roles.

Here is a copy of the press release:

"Washington, DC—Stan Soloway, Board Member of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will meet with Mayor Michael Nutter on Wednesday, July 28, to discuss ways that the federal agency can support Philadelphia’s efforts to engage more residents in service that helps solve the city’s toughest problems – from homelessness to illiteracy and youth violence.

 

On Tuesday evening, Corporation Chief Strategy Officer Heather Peeler will join Lisa Nutter at Fairmont Park to launch “Let’s Read. Let’s Move. Philadelphia,” Mayor Nutter’s initiative to engage citizens and answer President Obama’s national call to service. Philadelphia, a member of the Cities of Service coalition, is home to over a million volunteers who have contributed $2.7 billion dollars worth of service to those in need.

 

Soloway’s Wednesday visit will include a City Hall meeting with social sector thought leaders, including Philadelphia Eagles President Joe Banner, Philadelphia’s Chief Service Officer Catie Wolfgang, and Executive Director of PennSERVE Karen Kaskey, among others. Following the meeting, Soloway will host a community dialogue to engage diverse communities in the Corporation's new vision for national service. Several dozen nonprofit and social sector leaders will gather to discuss the agency's five-year strategic plan to drive measurable impact toward solving local challenges.

 

Additionally, Soloway and Peeler will host a lunch with 135 new AmeriCorps VISTA members, who will start heading up local service projects and recruiting volunteers to make a difference in Philadelphia in the coming months. The officials’ visit will conclude with a tour of the EducationWorks Summer Program at Edward Steel Elementary. Through the Program, AmeriCorps members are deployed to support teachers and students in School Based Teams, an innovative model that has produced real results. Teachers report a 65% improvement in classroom behavior and 88% improvement in academic achievement."

 

Below is a schedule of events. All times Eastern Time.

 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

 

WHAT: Peeler will join Lisa Nutter at the launch of the Let’s Read. Let’s Move. Philadelphia. Summer of Service event.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lemon Hill, Fairmont Park

Sedgeley Drive and Lemon Hill Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19130

OPEN PRESS

 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

 

WHAT: Soloway hosts key thought leaders discussion on service. Participants include Philadelphia Eagles President Joe Banner, Philadelphia’s Chief Service Officer Catie Wolfgang, and Executive Director of PennSERVE Karen Kaskey.

WHEN: 9 a.m.

WHERE: City Hall

Mayor Nutter’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Broad St & Market St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

CLOSED PRESS

 

WHAT: Soloway meets with key community leaders to discuss the Corporation’s five-year strategic plan.

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: City Hall

Conversation Hall, 2nd Floor

Broad St & Market St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

OPEN PRESS

 

WHAT: Soloway welcomes 135 AmeriCorps VISTA members to serve in Philadelphia.

WHEN: 12 p.m.

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel

1800 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

OPEN PRESS

 

WHAT: Soloway and Peeler tour AmeriCorps EducationWorks Summer Program.

WHEN: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Edward Steel Elementary School

4301 Wayne Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19140

OPEN PRESS

 

WHAT: Soloway meets with Mayor Michael Nutter to discuss service as a solution to local needs.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mayor’s Office, City Hall

Broad St & Market St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

CLOSED PRESS

 

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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