America‘s story has been marked by the service of volunteers. Generations of selfless individuals from all walks of life have served each other and our Nation, each person dedicated to making tomorrow better than today. They exemplify the quintessential American idea that we can change things, make things better, and solve problems when we work together. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups. 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. Each year millions of Americans give of themselves through service. Their compassion is a testament to the generosity of the American spirit. In difficult times, Americans come together — tackling our challenges instead of ignoring them — and renewing the principle that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. [read more]

Consider offering your time, talent, or treasure however possible. It need not be a lot or even often, only freely from one who knows of their security and abundance. Why, because others need us and we need them, for we learn and grow the most when once we meet and make a closer connection. It’s not just my motto, it’s an understanding of our interconnectedness, not only locally, but globally as well. Thank you for all that you do for the betterment of all.

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