Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Renew America Together

Yesterday the SLCC Community Writing Center took part in the National Day of Service, celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Answering the challenge of President Obama to help “Renew America Together,” volunteers attended a one-hour orientation to familiarize themselves with the methods used by the CWC to support, motivate and educate people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression. These volunteers are now contacting non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses and educational institutions in an effort to create ongoing Writing Partnerships.

Volunteers are encouraged to let each other know who they have contacted over the Inauguration week, and how their meetings went. You may get a chance to read about these meetings in the comments section below.

All together, after two orientation sessions, over 20 volunteers took the opportunity to participate in the Renew America Together: Writing for Empowerment event. Many of the volunteers will be continuing their service to the community, becoming trained volunteers in the CWC Writing Coaching and DiverseCity Writing Series programs.

If you were unable to participate in Renew America Together with the CWC, you can still help us continue to meet this challenge. If you have been a volunteer, are currently a volunteer, or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the SLCC Community Writing Center at 801.957.4992 to take part in developing ongoing Writing Partnerships in the Salt Lake community.

If you are interested in becoming an ongoing volunteer, the next Volunteer Training will take place on Saturday, January 31 from 12 – 3:30 pm. For more information or to RSVP, contact the SLCC Community Writing Center Volunteer Coordinator at 801.957.4992 or jeremy.remy@slcc.edu.

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