National Volunteer Week 2012 Proclamation 


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State of Illinois Executive Department Proclamation

WHEREAS service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and throughout our history citizens have stepped up to meet our challenges by volunteering in their communities; and

WHEREAS the current economic downturn means more Americans are facing hardships, and volunteering is needed more than ever; and

WHEREAS Illinois is blessed with men and women who selflessly dedicate their time and energy to performing acts of good will an improving the quality of life for all people; and

WHEREAS last year, nearly 2.8 million Illinoisans gave back over 378.5 million hours to their communities; which led to over $8.4 billion dollars in impact; and

WHEREAS more than 775,000 men and women across the nation, including more than 28,000 from Illinois, have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America” by becoming AmeriCorps Members since 1994; and

WHEREAS in Illinois, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service strives to improve our communities by supporting volunteer and community service efforts throughout the state; and

WHEREAS in 1974, President Nixon established National Volunteer Week for the celebration of volunteers; and

WHEREAS President Obama has reaffirmed that April 15 through April 21 be known across the nation and National Volunteer Week; and

WHEREAS during National Volunteer Week, service projects and special events will take place throughout Illinois and across the national; and

WHEREAS the annual observance of National Volunteer Week sets aside an entire week dedicated to serving others in need and honor those who volunteer all year;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois, do hereby proclaim April 15-21, 2012 as National Volunteer Week in Illinois, and encourage all citizens to promote the spirit of volunteerism in our families and communities across the state. To find a volunteer opportunitiy or to learn more about how to recognize your volunteers, visit the Serve Illinois Commission website at or call 800-592-9896.

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