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Volunteer Conference Service Project to Benefit Shaw Neighborhood


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More than 300 volunteers will paint murals, remove graffiti, and beautify schools and streets in Washington’s Shaw neighborhood on Friday, August 5. The service project is part of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service taking place August 4-6 at the Washington Convention Center. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, Darrell Green, fitness instructor Laurent, and other celebrities will kick off the service project at 8:30 am. The project focuses on healthy lifestyles and good nutrition and highlights volunteering as a way to build healthy individuals and communities. The mural is being designed by renowned painter Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light.”

WHAT: Neighborhood clean-ups, beautification projects, and mural painting will take place at 8 locations in the Shaw neighborhood as part of National Conference on Volunteering and Service.


-- Volunteers from Shaw neighborhood, National Conference, and AmeriCorps NCCC, including about 100 children

-- Richard Carmona, M.D., U.S. Surgeon General

-- Darrell Green, former Redskin and chair of President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation

-- David Eisner, CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service

-- Bill Bentley, executive vice president & chief operations officer

-- Melissa Johnson, executive director, President’s Council on Physical Fitness

-- Alexander Padro, executive director for Shaw Main Streets and ANC commissioner

-- Laurent Amzallag, fitness instructor

WHEN: Friday, August 5 -- 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony and fitness warm-up and “Ya-La” Workout with Laurentat Kennedy Recreation Center

10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Service projects at 8 locations

WHERE: Kennedy Recreation Center, 1407 7th St., NW, Downtown Cluster Senior Center, Shaw Junior High School, Scott Montgomery Elementary School, Seaton Elementary School, SINGA, Inc., Shaw Main Street Neighborhood, Shiloh Baptist Family Life Center


The National Conference on Volunteering and Service is bringing 2,500 leaders of America’s volunteer and national service sector to Washington August 4-6 to gain skills and develop strategies to engage more Americans more effectively in volunteer service to meet pressing social needs. The conference is co-convened by the Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information visit


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