SOURCE: Extra Mile America

Extra Mile America

October 30, 2013 17:49 ET

Extra Mile Day Shines Light on Volunteerism

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2013) - On November 1, mayors from across the United States are celebrating individuals and organizations that are "going the extra mile" in service and volunteerism in local communities. Started in 2009,with 23 declaring cities, this year 440 cities will declare "Extra Mile Day."

Shawnee, Kansas, Mayor Jeff Meyers is one of those "Extra Mile Day" declaring mayors. "As a coach, teacher and mayor, I value those who go the extra mile on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Going the extra mile to me is going above what is expected and setting a higher bar for oneself. Those who go the extra mile can inspire us all to do the same."

"I believe life's real heroes are the ones who unselfishly give of themselves to purposes that make life better for others," says Extra Mile Day founder Shawn Anderson. "It's the teacher spending after school hours in preparation, the volunteer serving food to the homeless, and the neighbor mowing the lawn for a busy neighbor. It's all the little gestures we do as individuals and organizations that make a difference in the quality of someone else's life."

For more information about Extra Mile Day and its history, visit To speak to Shawn Anderson directly, call 310-402-4826 or email

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