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PSAs: nominate a volunteer, do the color run and more

The annual “Run or Dye” 5K will be held March 16 at McClellen Park.

Nominations needed for youth volunteers and coordinators

The Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) is gearing up for its annual awards ceremony and is asking for youth volunteer of the year and volunteer coordinator of the year nominees. All nominations must be submitted by March 28. 

The ceremony for the 2012 awards will be held April 11:

What: DOVIA presents the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award and Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Award
When: April 11, 2013, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, 3333 Third Avenue, Sacramento CA 95817
RSVP information: Nominees and nominators are invited to bring a guest at no cost. Additional guests, please pay $5 at the door. Nominators, please click here to RSVP for this event.

Youth Volunteer of the Year (Margaret Einspahr Youth Award): DOVIA awards the Margaret Einspahr Youth Award to recognize youth from the community who has completed 25 (or more) hours of service before turning age 21. A $500 scholarship is awarded to the winner of the Youth Award.
Volunteer Coordinator of the Year: This honors the contributions of volunteer coordinators to the agencies and community they serve. Agency Directors are encouraged to nominate a Volunteer Coordinator for this prestigious award

For questions or more information, email chair@doviasacramento.org.

‘Run or Dye’ to benefit United Way’s fit kids project

A 5K run that benefits the United Way California Capital Region’s fit kids project is coming to Sacramento. The event will be held March 16 at McClellan Park, and runners will be sprayed with powdered dye on a four-part route.

To sign up, click here and enter the code UnitedWay10 for a $10 discount through March 13. Run or Dye also will donate $5 to United Way for every signup using this code through March 13.

Runners of all experience levels are encouraged to wear creative outfits, such as an old prom dress or footie pajamas, or wear white so that colorful dyes show up boldly.

“Run or Dye is a fun way to get some exercise and support a great cause,” said Steve Heath, United Way president and CEO. “Our Fit Kids project is all about helping kids develop a culture of eating right and exercising so they can stay fit their whole lives and avoid the dangerous health issues that come with obesity. We’re grateful to Run or Dye for giving the whole Sacramento area a fun way to get in shape and for recognizing the important work our Fit Kids project is doing. In fact, because United Way recruited 150 volunteers to help with the event, 90 Fit Kids get to run in the race for free.”

United Way’s Fit Kids project helps kids and teens create a healthy lifestyle by learning about nutrition and exercise. With 23 percent of adults and 30 percent of youth in the Sacramento region considered overweight or obese, United Way is funding six local nonprofits to tackle the issue of childhood obesity: Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Boys & Girls Club of Auburn, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Health Education Council, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center and YMCA Superior California. In the first year of the program, 88 percent improved in at least one domain on the Fitnessgram test administered in schools. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/health.

Sacramento Habitat for Humanity affiliate receives award

Sacramento Habitat for Humanity has been selected as one of seven “Affiliates of Distinction” by Habitat for Humanity International.

The Affiliates of Distinction program was established this year by Habitat for Humanity to honor those Habitat affiliates that meet or exceed best-practice standards and to uphold their work as best practices.

“It’s a huge honor for us here at Sacramento Habitat for Humanity to be included amongst this strong group of much larger affiliates,” said Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross.

The U.S. network of Habitat for Humanity affiliates currently exceeds over 1,500 affiliates, seven of which were chosen to receive this award. The six other U.S. affiliates to be receiving this award include Habitat for Humanity Affiliates Austin, Charlotte, East Bay, Greater Los Angeles, Monroe County, and Seattle.

Sacramento Habitat, the smallest by far of the seven awarded affiliates, won high marks for community development and global engagement. The award was accepted by Sacramento Habitat for Humanity CEO Ken Cross and Sacramento Habitat for Humanity Board Vice Chair, David Davis at the 2013 Habitat for Humanity National Affiliate Conference in Atlanta Georgia on Tuesday, March 12.

Habitat affiliates considered for the honor were reviewed by seven criteria: sustainable and green building; overall organizational leadership; community development; financial sustainability; alignment with Habitat for Humanity’s strategic plan; effective use of technology to better communication with the public; and support for Habitat’s global mission.

“We are incredibly thankful for the extraordinary efforts and service of these first seven Affiliates of Distinction,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “Their innovative thinking and commitment to decent, affordable housing helps many families control their long-term housing costs and contributes to the development of strong, sustainable communities.” 

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