Shawn Anderson: “How are you going the extra mile to make the world better?”
LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 19, 2022 – Volunteers who go the extra mile in service and selfless contribution in order to make a difference in their local communities are being celebrated across America on Extra Mile Day. On November 1, mayors from all fifty states are making a declaration to celebrate the impact and difference-making contribution that volunteers provide.
In association with Extra Mile America, Extra Mile Day is a movement dedicated to highlighting the power of volunteerism in connection with the “go the extra mile” message. The day’s popularity continues to soar across the United States. Created in 2009 with 23 inaugural cities, over 520 mayors are expected to make the 2022 declaration.
“Going the extra mile and doing that little extra is where difference-making change and positive results are created,” shares Shawn Anderson, the motivational author and visionary behind the day’s declaration.
According to “Extra Mile Day” Mayor John Reddington of Ocean View, Delaware, “Going the extra mile to improve, support, lighten the load, or raise the bar for any effort one is engaged in, to me, is what ‘Extra Mile Day’ is celebrating.”
Mayor Jan Kulmann has made the November 1 “Extra Mile Day” declaration in Thornton, Colorado. “Being a force for positive change in the world is a challenge far too many people are unwilling or unable to accept to take on. But, there are those in our community who are indeed up to becoming that force – that person that people can not only look up to but rely upon. Today, we honor those people and thank them for the difference they make in our lives.”
Founder Shawn Anderson, however, is clear to share that the “going the extra mile” message and its importance extends far past November 1. “I love the chance to celebrate amazing volunteers, but ‘Extra Mile Day’ is more than one day during the year to recognize the impact of volunteerism. It’s also a reminder that every day is a chance for each of us to do more, give more and add more value to create the positive change we seek. It’s about looking in the mirror and asking every day, ‘How are you going the extra mile to make the world better?’”
For information about Extra Mile Day, visit ExtraMileAmerica.org.
1. Received 8/17 from Patti Ellis
Mayor Jan Kulmann
“Being a force for positive change in the world is a challenge far too many people are unwilling or unable to accept to take on. But, there are those in our community who are indeed up to becoming that force – that person that people can not only look up to but rely upon. Today, we honor those people and thank them for the difference they make in our lives.”
2. Received 9/8 from Kristen Dabrowski
Mayor William E. West
Going the extra mile means to me someone who is caring and enjoys helping others. Someone who has respect for all and treats people the way they want to be treated. Here in Georgetown our slogan is “we are well rounded.”
3. DE Ocean View
Carol Houck <email@example.com>
Quote from Mayor John Reddington (for the Extra Mile Day Coordinators):
“Having served our Country and therefore having been exposed to and humbled by numerous acts of “going the extra mile” both then and in the years that followed, I can share that its meaning to me is quite simple as its caring more for the greater good than for oneself. “Going the extra mile” to improve, support, lighten the load, or raise the bar for any effort one is engaged in, to me, is what “Extra Mile Day” is celebrating,” said Ocean View Mayor John Reddington.
4. AZ Lake Havasu City
Mayor Cal Sheehy
Quote from Mayor Sheehy
“Going the extra mile is something that comes naturally to citizens in Lake Havasu City. Everyday we see citizens doing thoughtful and random acts of kindness, even when no one is looking.”