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WHEREAS, throughout Virginia’s history, citizens have actively volunteered their time, talent, and energy to improve our communities and make our Commonwealth a better place; and
WHEREAS, countless Virginians enhance the quality of life of others by volunteering with service organizations, in schools, places of worship, hospitals, youth groups, and with other organizations that benefit our communities; and
WHEREAS, volunteer service is needed now more than ever to tackle the tough social, economic, cultural, and humanitarian needs of Virginians; and
WHEREAS, the spirit of volunteerism grows stronger in the face of even the most challenging situations; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting to honor the many individuals and organizations who lend their time, skill, and effort to making our communities better places; and
WHEREAS, National Volunteer Week is a more than 40-year-old tradition enacted in 1974 by President Nixon, that designates a special time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of volunteers; and
WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to volunteer during this week and year round, as a reminder that giving back to the community creates a cycle of strengthening;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 15-21, 2018, as NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.