Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Writing for Empowerment

In 1994, Congress transformed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday into a national day of community service to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others. As a tribute to that legacy and the very real needs of our nation, the President-elect and Vice President-elect launched "Renew America Together," organizing effort on the eve of their Inauguration to engage Americans in service. This national day of service will fall on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2009. Never has it been more important to come together in shared purpose to tackle the common challenges we face, and President-elect Obama is calling on all Americans to make an ongoing commitment to our communities.

In response to this call, the SLCC Community Writing Center is asking for volunteers to rise to the challenge, and assist in bringing the message that "Everyone Can Write" to the Salt Lake community.

Volunteers are asked to attend a one-hour Day of Service orientation:

Monday, January 19, 2009
Noon to 1 PM
at the SLCC Community Writing Center

The orientation will familiarize volunteers 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. Volunteers will also be provided with a list of non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, and educational institutions to contact over the Inauguration week. These contacts will be used in an effort to create ongoing Writing Partnerships to empower these organizations' clients, staff, and volunteers through workshops and individual consulting.

We are asking for your participation in meeting 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 to RSVP for this event.

RSVP online at http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/4vcrz#rsvp

For more information, or to RSVP over the phone, contact the SLCC Community Writing Center Volunteer Coordinator at 801.957.4992 or jeremy.remy@slcc.edu.

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