WHEREAS, volunteering is central to the American character and is a fundamental expression of responsible citizenship, and;
WHEREAS, volunteer service is needed now more than ever to tackle the tough social, economic, cultural and humanitarian needs of our residents, and;
WHEREAS, volunteers can connect with local service opportunities through Volunteer Arlington and other HandsOn Network Action Centers, and;
WHEREAS, Arlington volunteers serve in many crucial capacities – such as mentoring and tutoring children, providing companionship to the elderly, running community theaters and arts programs, helping new residents assimilate into our community, cleaning highways and parks, preparing for emergency situations, staffing essential community organizations and offering physical and spiritual aid to the hungry and homeless, and;
WHEREAS, the National Association of Counties has encouraged communities across the country to actively promote county government programs and services during National County Government Month, and;
WHEREAS, our values of inclusion and diversity, healthy living, sustainability, and fiscal responsibility guide us to be the community where each person is indeed important, and;
WHEREAS, when we work together, value and respect each others’ cultures and perspectives, we understand each other better and make great things happen;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Fisette, Chair of the Arlington County Board, do hereby proclaim April 6 through April 12, 2014 as NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK in Arlington County and encourage all to celebrate the invaluable work that volunteers perform every day, to commit themselves to do even more through the many volunteer programs in our community, and to continue strengthening Arlington through volunteer service.