ORS 458.578¹
Goals for programs, citizen participation and volunteerism
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(1) The Legislative Assembly declares that the purpose of this section is to promote the development of better communities by using citizen participation and volunteerism to foster greater civic responsibility.

(2) The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service shall identify goals to develop and facilitate the initiation of public and private entity programs that will encourage and reward citizen participation and volunteerism. The Housing and Community Services Department may adopt rules and develop procedures appropriate to foster the initiation of programs that fulfill the citizen participation and volunteerism goals recommended by the commission. The programs developed and facilitated by the commission goals and department rules and procedures must have one or more of the following objectives:

(a) To place increased priority on citizen participation and volunteerism as a means for addressing complex problems facing Oregon communities.

(b) To encourage community leaders to implement strategies that recognize community volunteers as a valuable and much-needed asset for expanding civic responsibility.

(c) To promote the concept and practice of business and corporate volunteering, with emphasis on communities where business and corporate volunteering initiatives are less developed.

(d) To increase the enthusiasm, dedication and combined expertise of citizens and public and private entities for creating new ways to effectively use citizen participation and volunteerism in meeting the current and future challenges facing Oregon communities.

(e) To increase the alignment between community volunteer resources and the goals of the state.

(f) To implement policy and administrative changes that encourage and enable citizen participation and volunteerism by individuals.

(g) To encourage nonprofit agencies to increase effectiveness and efficiency by including the use of volunteers in their service delivery systems.

(h) To promote and support the concept of participation and volunteerism by all citizens as an effective means to address community needs and achieve a collective commitment to lifelong community service.

(i) To recognize National Volunteer Week as a time for encouraging citizens to participate in community service projects.

(j) To recognize the importance of individual volunteers and of volunteer and service organizations and to honor and celebrate the success of volunteers. [2007 c.6 §2]

Note: See note under 458.577 (Short title for ORS 458.578).

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 458—Housing and Community Services Programs; Individual Development Accounts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors458.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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