SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 24, 2010 – Mayor Kevin Johnson is setting a higher bar for volunteers in Sacramento. He wants increase the amount of hours committed to public service to 3 million this year. "We want to be a city known for giving back to our community," said Johnson at a news conference earlier this month.
To help the city boost its volunteer rate, Johnson appointed Keith Hart, the former director of the Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, as the city's first chief service officer. Los Angeles is the only other city in California that has this position.
In addition to the appointment, Mayor Johnson announced the upcoming launch of www.volunteersac.com, a web portal where citizens and community organizations can document their volunteer hours. The web portal will track volunteerism in four areas: public safety, education, environment and homelessness.
American Web Services created a custom website and database for citizens and volunteer organizations to track their community participation. "Since we had to track millions of volunteer hours, we used ArrowClick Software, a system that has proven to scale for our clients," said Ed Williams, Chief Technology Officer for American Web. According to Williams, American Web had previously implemented the ArrowClick system for a project that managed information for 1.2 million CalPERS members.