Mayor Swearengin Announces Volunteer Initiative With Goal of 1 Million Hours of Service By April 2011

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the launch of Serve Fresno, an initiative aimed at strengthening the City of Fresno through volunteering and service. As part of the initiative, Mayor Swearengin called for city residents to participate in one million hours of service by April 2011.

“Now more than ever, we need each and every resident of Fresno to step up and help strengthen our community through volunteering and service,” Mayor Swearengin said. “While government, we can’t reach out full potential and become the great city that we’re destined to be without the active participation of all of our residents.”

Mayor Swearengin said city residents interested in volunteering should sign up on the initiative’s Web site, In addition, television station KGPE of Fresno will hold a Volunteer Telethon on Tuesday, April 20, from 5-7 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. to connect volunteers with organizations needing assistance.

“The best thing about this initiative is that every single resident of the City of Fresno can play a role in strengthening our community -- because everyone can serve,” Mayor Swearengin said. “You can pick an issue you care about – mentoring at-risk youths, cleaning up neighborhoods, helping to build a playground or lending a hand at the food bank -- and get involved and make a real difference.”

The city will partner with HandsOn Central California, an organization that works with agencies, government, businesses, schools, law enforcement, and community leaders to identify critical community issues and design the volunteer response. More than 250 local organizations have posted volunteer opportunities with HandsOn, according to executive director Cathy Caples.

Wells Fargo Bank will be the corporate sponsor of the initiative.

“We enthusiastically support Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s Initiative on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement,” said David Galasso, Central California Region President for Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo has a long track record of community support dating back more than 155 years. Grounded in that support is our belief that we can only be as successful as the communities where we do business. In that spirit, we look forward to motivating our local team of more than 500 to give generously of their time and expertise to help reach the City’s goal of one million hours.”

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