National Service and Home Run Events

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Will National Service Help Rural Economies?



By Bobbie Stacey - Founder of Home Run Innovations Inc.

One topic both U.S. presidential candidates agree upon is National Service. Home Run Events should be able to provide hundreds of engaging volunteer assignments for our Delta County youth in connection with fundraising events and community development projects and should be launched from the start with that focus.

Point number two of the Obama plan for National Service regards integrating service into learning. "Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year, and will establish a new tax credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year." The Obama plan also calls for expanding AmeriCorps from 80,000 to 250,000 slots and doubling the size of the Peace Corps.

Among other points, McCain's National Service plan calls for engaging "more college students in community service through the Federal Work-Study program" and also engaging Americans in disaster preparedness and response by providing education and training resources for effective community-based efforts."

Will Delta County be able to offer meaningful volunteer service opportunities to our youth or young adults when either of these plans roll out? Or will our high school graduates find it necessary to pursue these opportunities elsewhere - just as they have for years now to improve their employment options?

I believe that Home Run Events Inc. can be established right from the start these next couple months with a plan to engage our youth in volunteer service that will revitalize our community through our newest generation.

Join our effort to discuss the many ways this can happen.

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Youth & Rural Revitalization

Actively engaging youth and their families toward both personal fitness and community involvement will slow drain of rural population migration to urban areas.

One of the ways this youth engagement is accomplished in Delta County, Michigan is through family-oriented, community health and fitness events. See The Salvation Army Home Run as an example.

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Home Run Events is a forum for solutions that create Sustainable, Healthy, "Inclusive", Neighborhood Environments (SHINE) in our communities - beginning with the homeless.

We aspire to relocalize rural economies through affordable net-zero energy housing, local organic agriculture and financially self-sufficient social services programs.

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