2011.04.13 Anthony Sacco: Celebrating volunteeers

Written by David Green.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups,” President Obama said in his recent presidential proclamation to kick off National Volunteer Week 2011.

“From mentoring at-risk youth and caring for older Americans to supporting our veterans and military families and rebuilding after disasters, these everyday heroes make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions of women and men across the globe.”

National Volunteer Week is about recognizing people who seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating that by working together we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish goals. Established in 1974, this week of national service brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate their endeavors and make a difference each year.

Lenawee County volunteers are no exception. They continually impress me with the amount of time they spend addressing our communities’ needs. Thank you for providing shelter to survivors of domestic violence, driving veterans to medical appointments, delivering books to children under the age of five, assisting teachers in classrooms, cleaning parks, translating marketing materials, coaching youth sports, cooking community meals, and building the capacity of Lenawee County organizations.

National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate volunteers, but to enable our community to share ideas, practices and stories, and to shape a movement of service for the 21st century.

If your organization is in need of volunteers or you’ve been looking for the right opportunity for which to volunteer, it couldn’t be a better time to act. Get involved!

Contact VOLUNTEER Lenawee!, a program of the Lenawee Community Foundation, at asacco@ubat.com or 517/424-6576 for more information, or log on to http://volunteer.lenaweecf.org.

– Anthony Sacco

VOLUNTEER  Lenawee!

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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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