Thursday, 12 05, 2013
Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is inviting Kentuckians to volunteer today in observation of International Volunteer Day. Grimes is the state's chief advocate for civic engagement.
"I encourage all Kentuckians to get out and look for ways to volunteer today," Grimes said. "Volunteering not only makes a difference for whichever organization or school or cause you choose to help, but it also has a positive economic impact." The value of one volunteer hour in Kentucky has been calculated at $17.91, according to Independent Sector.
Last year, the Office of Secretary of State released Kentucky's first-ever Civic Health Index, which showed that civic engagement was generally declining in the Commonwealth. Grimes has made reversing that trend a priority, beginning with a series of roundtables held across the state to identify areas for improvement. Participants consistently labeled volunteerism as key to getting more Kentuckians involved in their communities.
Grimes’ office is leading by example. In November, Grimes and members of her staff participated in God’s Pantry Food Bank’s Basket Brigade, helping prepare 5,000 boxes to provide Thanksgiving meals for Kentucky families in need. And the office, together with the Office of First Lady Jane Beshear and local community organizations, collected more than 1,700 pounds of food to distribute to area food banks and shelters during their Thanksgiving Food Drive.
"I have long said Kentucky is at its best when everyone is engaged. Volunteering today on International Volunteer Day is the perfect way to start to get more Kentuckians involved in their communities," said Grimes.
For ideas how you can give back, read Grimes’ Civic Health Assessment, available at sos.ky.gov/CHA, or visit the Cabinet for Health & Family Services’ Commission on Community Volunteerism & Service website to find volunteer centers throughout the state: chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/volunteer.htm.
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