First Lady Mari Culver Leads Shelter Awareness Day

Volunteer at a local shelter on April 24

DES MOINES – First Lady Mari Culver is teaming up with coordinators of shelters for youth, domestic violence victims and the homeless across Iowa to raise awareness and enlist volunteers for Shelter Awareness Day. Governor Chet Culver will proclaim April 24, 2010 as Shelter Awareness Day in Iowa in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, Sunday, April 18 through Saturday, April 24, 2010.

“Iowa’s shelters provide invaluable services to Iowans,” the First Lady said. “The tremendous, tireless support of the staff of these organizations helps to provide help, stability, and hope for the families they serve.”

The First Lady encourages Iowans to participate in Shelter Awareness Day on Saturday, April 24. “Together we can demonstrate the importance of volunteering, raise awareness of the services our shelters provide, and help these facilities continue to do the good work that they do,” said Mrs. Culver.

During National Volunteer Week, the First Lady is asking Iowans to join with her in volunteering for service projects and donating needed items at shelters across Iowa. AmeriCorps volunteers, Campus Compact members, and other volunteer groups are coordinating some local projects.  Connect with a local shelter and sign up to volunteer by using the “Search Volunteer Opportunities” icon at www.volunteeriowa.org. For general information, please call the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service at 1-800-308-5987.

The Governor’s office is proud to partner with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Coalition for Family and Children’s Services and AmeriCorps members in this statewide effort.

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