Health and Family Services Cabinet
Governor’s awards, local projects among highlights of Volunteer Week in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2007) – Governor Ernie Fletcher has proclaimed April 15-21 Volunteer Week in Kentucky. The state observance coincides with National Volunteer Week.
“During Volunteer Week, I encourage Kentuckians to thank volunteers who make a difference in our communities and to find a local need and volunteer to help fill that need,” Governor Fletcher said. “I hope that Volunteer Week will be a time when everyone shares in the Kentucky spirit and tradition of neighbor helping neighbor.”
According to the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center, 66 percent of Kentucky adults volunteered in 2006 – a 10 percent increase since 1996.
In proclaiming Volunteer Week, the governor cited positive change that accompanies any act of volunteerism, no matter how great or small.
“When we give of ourselves in service to others, both the volunteer and the recipient are empowered and inspired,” he said. “Volunteerism is caring in action and vital to our future as a caring and productive state and nation.”
Communities and organizations across the state will promote volunteer opportunities and sponsor special volunteer activities during Volunteer Week.
Among the events planned for Volunteer Week is the presentation of the 2006 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service. The volunteer awards are presented annually and sponsored by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.