From the governor’s desk: A weekly column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
September 26, 2012
During my travels, I’ve witnessed firsthand the generosity and willingness of West Virginians to lend a helping hand to those in need. Recently I proclaimed September 29, 2012 as a statewide “Day to Serve” because I deeply value our state’s commitment to helping others. By bringing West Virginians together for a day of service, we can further strengthen our local communities and our state.
I’ve asked all West Virginians to participate in this day of service. I’ve even reached out to our youngest citizens asking them to participate; because I believe it’s never too early to begin teaching our children about service and the importance of volunteering in their communities.
I truly believe West Virginia is blessed with some of the most giving and compassionate folks around. And I’m proud to say, we have service projects taking place in every corner of the state! Whether you choose to help an elderly neighbor to the grocery store, collect items for military care packages, or organize a neighborhood clean-up-you’ll be making a difference in your community.
So many community organizations, faith-based organizations, civic and humanitarian groups along with governmental agencies work in countless ways to help those in need. For this, I cannot thank them enough. It is my hope their work will inspire others to organize service projects and volunteer-positively impacting communities throughout our state.
As your governor, I’m asking you to take this opportunity to learn more about our statewide “Day to Serve,” find a project in your community or organize a new one, and most of all-have fun! I hope this day of service becomes so much more for West Virginians throughout our state. I hope it leads to lifelong friendships, ongoing community efforts and an increase in community spirit.
For more information about “Day to Serve,” or to find out what others are doing in their communities, visit www.governor.wv.gov.