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60+ Network TV Shows Highlight Volunteerism Oct. 19-25

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

60+ Network TV Shows Highlight Volunteerism Oct. 19-25

The week of October 19-25 some of your favorite television programs will include storylines about service and volunteering as part of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s iParticipate initiative.

According to the iParticipate blog, during that week, “the major broadcast networks and others will spotlight service through scripted programming, segments and PSAs with inspirational messages and storylines about volunteerism. More than 60 shows have signed up to participate.”

Your “service hero” might even be profiled on TV that week! Service Nation is working with EIF to collect stories about outstanding community volunteers.  For more information about how to submit your service hero story, check out the Service Nation blog post, Calling All Service Heroes: Are You Ready for Primetime?

Finally, according to VolunteerMatch’s Engaging Volunteers blog, the iParticipate initiative is about more than the week of service-themed shows. It also includes:

  • A new Web site to search for volunteer opportunities at iParticipate.org in the cause areas the foundation cares about.
  • A series of celebrity-driven public service announcements from celebs like Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Matthew McConaughey, among others.
  • Grants to “key volunteers organizations to help build capacity to accept, train and deploy volunteers.”

Check out the iParticipate PSA with celebs like Simon Baker (CBS The Mentalist), Emily Deschanel (FOXs Bones), Eva Longoria Parker (ABCs Desperate Housewives), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine), Masi Oka (NBCs Heroes), Michael Strahan (FOXs Brothers), Kate Walsh (ABCs Private Practice), and Rainn Wilson (NBCs The Office) below, or on the iParticipate YouTube Channel.

iParticipate also has a Facebook page, MySpace page and Twitter feed.

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