Road to the GulfCommunities need service leadership now more than ever as we continue to face economic uncertainty and rely more on families and neighbors to solve civic issues, provide community support, and respond to disasters.”

 Join thousands of volunteers across the country in meeting the needs of local communities, without ever having to leave Chicago! As one of the strategic stops along the “Road to the Gulf” national training project, we need your help on Tuesday, April 19, to improve the educational environment at Sayre Language Academy.

Road to the Gulf is a national opportunity to gain service leader training while participating in local projects. As the National Conference on Volunteering and Service moves from New York in 2010, to New Orleans in 2011, HandsOn Network affiliates, like Chicago Cares, are training leaders and mobilizing volunteers in multiple US cities.

With a school population that includes 45 different countries and 12 languages, Sayre Language Academy runs one of Chicago’s World Language Programs, working hard to educate their uniquely diverse community. We are thrilled to be able to partner with them for our local Road to the Gulf service opportunity. This project is family friendly, and we encourage volunteers who are 12 and up to spend a day of their spring break experiencing the fun and fulfillment that comes with volunteer service!

The afternoon will include painting canvas murals, giving the science lab a complete makeover, building bookshelves and packing disaster preparedness kits to send to our neighbors on the Gulf Coast. After completing the school improvements, the day will conclude with a brief volunteer leader training, giving you the tools you need to lead change in your own neighborhood.

Register for the Road to the Gulf Project and join with thousands of others around the country who are spreading the message that community matters!

Sponsored by University of Phoenix, Road to the Gulf is a signature program of HandsOn University, the training and consulting arm of HandsOn Network.