The Entertainment Industry Foundation has mobilized the entertainment community around a groundbreaking initiative designed to inspire a new era of service and volunteerism. This multi-year campaign, called “iParticipate,” hopes to make service a part of who we are as Americans and show what we can achieve when we all pull together.
As a centerpiece for this initiative, EIF has enlisted major broadcast networks including, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, for an unprecedented, week-long television event beginning Monday, October 19. Tune in to seven days and nights of television and watch how your favorite TV shows and personalities shine a light on the power of community service.
EIF has also produced a series of public service announcements to reinforce the importance of volunteerism. Through these PSAs, EIF will also recognize and encourage support for five key areas of service: Education & Children, Health & Well Being, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, and Support for Military Families.
Capacity Building Grants
In addition to generating heightened awareness about the value of community service, EIF will provide grants to key volunteer/service organizations to help build their capacity to accept, train and deploy volunteers in areas of the greatest need. Men and women of the entertainment industry will help fuel the drive to service not just by showing its benefits to the country, but also by bringing home its tangible benefits to the people who volunteer.
EIF grantees include:
The heart of America’s service movement, ServiceNation is a coalition of 200 nonprofits that cut across all walks of American life - representing community, faith-based, and national service organizations with members of all age, education and income levels - to create meaningful service opportunities and build a stronger nation through increased volunteerism. By getting involved in ServiceNation, Americans can engage in any form of service that best suits their interests, skills, and schedules.
ServiceNation is providing strategic support to EIF’s iParticipate by working with its member organizations to provide quality volunteer experiences for Americans who are inspired to answer the call to serve, and by helping its member organizations promote those service opportunities and report the outcomes of their efforts. We are proud to support iParticipate’s unprecedented contribution to expand the service movement, which will bring us closer to realizing our vision of a day when a commonly asked question in America is, "Where do you serve?"
UCLA Volunteer Center
An EIF grant to the UCLA Foundation helped bring about the first-ever, day-long volunteer event for new UCLA students participating in service projects spread across Los Angeles on September 22, 2009. UCLA Volunteer Day mobilized more than 5,000 students participating in restoration and beautification projects at eight locations in Los Angeles: Griffith Park, Point Dume State Beach, the VA Hospital and five local schools.
Visit the UCLA Volunteer Center