A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
August 21, 2013
Each year, hundreds of West Virginians come together at the State Fair in Greenbrier County to celebrate everything that makes our state great. From livestock shows and concerts, to unique hand-crafted goods and delicious treats, the fair showcases state pride like no other. This year during Governor’s Day, we added a new aspect to the celebration-our strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor.
Across the state, we are lucky to have motivated, kind-hearted people working to provide life-changing support to many. At the fair this year, I asked our volunteer leaders to encourage their friends and neighbors to join them and participate in the Governor’s Day to Serve which will run September 15th through the 29th.
Last year, volunteers planned and participated in over 400 service projects throughout West Virginia’s 55 counties - including highway clean-ups, food drives, and care packages for our troops. This year, our goal is to build upon 2012’s success.
If we each dedicate ourselves for at least one day of giving during the Day to Serve effort, we can reinvigorate our communities, provide our families and friends with confidence. Our goal is simply to improve upon our Almost Heaven places in which we live, work and raise our families.
Please visit my website, www.governor.wv.gov, to learn more about how you can develop a grass-roots service project in your community. Your project may qualify for a Volunteer West Virginia mini-grant of up to $500.
By matching our state pride with our unrivaled community spirit and compassion, I hope many State fairgoers return home energized to make a difference in their hometowns. I believe, by sharing our time and talents with others, we can continue to strengthen our hometowns.