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PRESS RELEASE: DeMaio unveils initiative to attract one-million volunteer hours for city services

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California ranks 45th nationally in volunteering and San Diego ranks 43rd out of 51 major metropolitan cities for low levels of “civic engagement.” Councilmember Carl DeMaio believes these numbers are unacceptable. DeMaio believes volunteers can play a vital role in revitalizing all levels of San Diego city government and help stretch the taxpayers’ dollar during this fiscal crisis.

To address this, DeMaio has released "San Diego Serves" – a 13-point comprehensive volunteer plan to increase civic engagement and volunteerism in San Diego.

"I’m challenging San Diegans to step forward and volunteer to make a difference in their community. City leaders should do their part to encourage volunteerism by implementing the targeted volunteer recruitment initiatives in my San Diego Serves Plan and by eliminating the government union rules that block volunteer service in city departments," said DeMaio.

San Diego Serves Volunteer Plan