[PL-Directors] FW: Volunteerism Message from IMLS Director Radice

Jim Scheppke jim.b.scheppke at state.or.us
Wed Jul 1 14:18:46 PDT 2009

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From: Jeannine Mjoseth <JMjoseth at IMLS.GOV>
Reply-To: IMLSInfo <IMLSInfo at IMLS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 15:01:59 -0400
Conversation: Volunteerism Message from IMLS Director Radice
Subject: Volunteerism Message from IMLS Director Radice

June 23, 2009
Dear Colleague,
President Obama is calling on every American to volunteer this summer and
throughout their lives. The Administration just launched a summer service
initiative to showcase the importance of volunteer efforts throughout the
country. The initiative focuses on education, health care, energy and
environment, and community renewal.
People who volunteer in libraries and museums make a real difference.
Examples of library volunteer opportunities include reading to children,
helping people find information on the web, and organizing book drives.
Museum volunteers help provide customer service to visitors, support the
administration of the museum, raise funds and more.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is working in
partnership with the Corporation for National & Community Service, to get
museums and libraries involved in this national volunteer initiative. I
encourage libraries and museums throughout the country to use this
initiative to engage new volunteers and to encourage new projects.
How can you get involved? Post your local volunteer opportunities online at
www.serve.gov, and encourage community members to visit the website to find
volunteer opportunities. Encourage your staff to volunteer and partner with
other organizations in your community to support volunteering. And plan with
others to make September 11, the last day of this summer initiative, a day
of service and remembrance.
To learn more about the initiative, please visit
summer.asp. Thank you for all you do to ensure that your community has
access to great museum and library services and resources! We have a unique
opportunity to come together and solve our nation¹s most vexing problems.
Anne-Imelda Radice
Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services

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