The 2011 Volunteering in America report lists the Burlington area 8th among 75 comparable cities in the area of volunteerism. The Volunteering In America report is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Supplement on Volunteering. The Volunteering in America research, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is part of the most comprehensive national study conducted on volunteerism. Nationally, volunteers served nearly 8.1 billion hours in their communities ‘ valued at nearly $173 billion. The report covers 2007-2010 and shows the Burlington area with a Volunteer Rate of 37.7%, compared to 36.5% nationally, and 42 volunteer hours per resident annually, compared to 34.1 hours nationally. Burlington’s volunteerism has been supported in many ways by the City’s VISTA program. This past year, CEDO VISTAs recruited 842 volunteers who performed 10,464 hours of service. Over the 17 years of the city’s VISTA program, members recruited tens of thousands of volunteers statewide. ‘The CEDO AmeriCorps VISTA program has been an incredible asset to the Burlington community. These dedicated members, who are giving a year of their lives to build capacity in local agencies, work 24-7 in order to combat poverty,’ said CEDO’s Laura Hale. ‘Their efforts to build sustainable volunteer programs have created opportunities for tens of thousands of volunteers to serve over the last 18 years.’ ‘Whether cleaning and greening neighborhoods, tutoring schoolchildren, helping local non-profits, participating in restorative justice panels, or doing many, many other things, volunteers have a tremendously positive impact on our community,’ said Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss. ‘Thank you to local volunteers for all of your efforts to make Burlington a better place for everyone.’ Acting CEO of CNCS, Robert Velasco II said, ‘As organizations are struggling to provide more services with fewer resources, volunteers of all ages are stepping up to help fill in the gaps. The commitment, time, and talent of Burlington’s volunteers is admirable, further proving that everyone has a role in making America great.’ CNCS supports Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other national service programs that drive innovation and problem solving through service.About the Volunteering In America Report:The Volunteering In America report is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Supplement on Volunteering. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Volunteers are defined as individuals ages 16 and over who perform unpaid volunteer activities for or through an organization. The report includes information for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 198 cities, including 51 large cities, 75 mid-size cities, and 72 additional cities, based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas. For more information, visit VolunteeringInAmerica.gov, where the complete report can be accessed. About the Corporation for National and Community Service:The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov. About Burlington’s We All Belong AmeriCorps*State ProgramVermont is changing and becoming more reflective of a global and national citizenry. The We All Belong Initiative works with service providers in the Greater Burlington area to change how they do business in order to better serve our diversifying community. This includes how and what services are provided, hiring of staff, recruiting volunteers and Board members and how decisions are made. The We All Belong Program’s mission is to provide the tools and resources for organizations to build their cultural and linguistic competence so that they can provide more culturally relevant services, and then truly be more inclusive and welcoming. The goal of the initiative is to increase the cultural competency of schools and organizations to serve low-income and racially/ethnically diverse groups. More information available at www.cedoburlington.org(link is external).
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has finally got his man after clinching a move for Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt. Press Association Poyet had targeted Bridcutt and team-mate Will Buckley since the beginning of the month, with the club’s interest in the pair perhaps signalling that director of football Roberto De Fanti’s reign was drawing to a close. The Italian, who was relieved of his duties shortly after the bids were tabled, oversaw the acquisition of 14 players during the summer, 13 of them from overseas. Poyet worked with the pair during his spell in charge at the Amex Stadium and his admiration for Reading-born Bridcutt in particular is well-known. The former Chelsea trainee had loan spells with Yeovil, Watford and Stockport before joining the Seagulls, where he made more than 150 senior appearances in 2010. He was handed a senior debut for his country against Serbia in March last year. Bridcutt becomes the Black Cats’ fifth signing this month, with Spaniard Marcos Alonso and Argentinians Oscar Ustari, Santiago Vergini and Ignacio Scocco having already been drafted in despite De Fanti’s departure. Meanwhile, Sunderland have confirmed central defender Modibo Diakite has joined Fiorentina on loan for the remainder of the season. The 26-year-old has made eight appearances for the club after a summer move from Lazio but has now headed back to Italy. In addition, young striker Duncan Watmore has been allowed to join Scottish Premiership side Hibernian for the rest of the campaign. The 19-year-old former Altrincham frontman made his senior debut for the Black Cats as a substitute in the 3-1 FA Cup third-round victory over Carlisle earlier this month. The 24-year-old Scotland international has signed for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £2.5million. Bridcutt, who will wear the number 23 shirt, had not played for the south-coast club since submitting a transfer request earlier this month after the Black Cats formalised their interest in him.