LOS ANGELES, Calif. – October 30, 2018 – Mayors from 550 U.S. cities will declare November 1, 2018, as Extra Mile Day – a day to acknowledge the individuals and organizations that are dedicated to “going the extra mile” in volunteerism in order to support local community events and services.
In connection with Extra Mile America, mayors in all 50 states have embraced the “Extra Mile Day” movement. At a time when requests for local services continuously don’t match budgets, Extra Mile Day celebrates the awesome individuals and organizations that are stepping forward and serving. The vision of motivational author Shawn Anderson, “Extra Mile Day” was created in 2009 with 23 inaugural cities; its outreach continues to grow.
From donating food to the needy to raising money for local libraries, thousands of Americans are contributing and volunteering in mighty ways across America. Extra Mile Day provides Mayors with a chance to say “thank you.”
“I believe life’s real heroes are the ones who unselfishly give of themselves to purposes that make life better for others,” shares Anderson, the Founder of Extra Mile Day. “It’s the teacher spending time after school to tutor struggling students; it’s the volunteers signing up every week at the animal shelter or walking the streets to make sure the homeless have food and care. It’s the person who goes the extra mile mowing their busy neighbor’s lawn. ‘Going the extra mile’ is about making the world better by spreading positive goodwill.”
Anderson continues, “We wait for a government program or an employer to make our lives better. That’s the wrong strategy. It’s up to us. It’s you and me looking in the mirror and saying ‘It’s my time to make a difference.’ Extra Mile Day is a reminder of the power we each have to make change happen when we choose to do more, give more, and ‘go the extra mile.’”
For more information about Extra Mile Day, visit ExtraMileAmerica.org.