The Times West Virginian

Opinion

September 18, 2013

Day to Serve is chance to strengthen communities

There is no greater gift than giving of yourself.

A kind word, a gesture, a donation, all of these can make an extraordinary impact on those in need within our community.

And while serving our fellow man should be a daily part of our routines, sometimes it takes a little encouragement, a large movement, for everyone to get motivated to get involved.

And the people of the Mountain State are all invited to be part of a statewide movement.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has encouraged West Virginians to organize projects and volunteer at least one day between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 as part of Day to Serve, the second annual effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service.

“There are people working hard in hometowns across West Virginia — making a difference each and every day. I’m proud to say, no other state rivals our community spirit,” Tomblin said. “I believe together we will build stronger hometowns and ensure a brighter future for our state.”

Last year, volunteers took part in more than 400 service projects in all the state’s 55 counties. We certainly hope that number soars this second observation of Day to Serve.

“By volunteering in our communities, we each have the opportunity to experience immense personal growth while preserving our state’s longstanding tradition of neighbor helping neighbor,” Tomblin said. “Through our collective efforts, we will provide much needed assistance in our hometowns and ensure a brighter future for West Virginia.”

These efforts have already been made right here in Marion County.

At West Fairmont Middle School, fifth-grade social studies classes created cards and pictures, with letters inside to thank the veterans and military families. Watson Elementary School students participated in a similar activity, making cards and drawing pictures for veterans.

There are still more chances to take part in planned events.

On Saturday, volunteers will head to Woodlawn Cemetery to mow grass, clean stones, clear tree debris and get the historic cemetery ready for winter.

And through Sept. 27, you can help “Fill the Nest,” the official food bank that benefits students at Fairmont State University. Donations, both food items and monetary, will be accepted at the Circulation Desk in the Ruth Ann Musick Library.

And there’s plenty of time to organize or register your own event. Just log on to www.governor.wv.gov and click on the Day to Serve icon.

This community never ceases to give back, whether it be to help clean up a public area, feed the needy, donate to good causes or roll up their sleeves to help their fellow man. Let’s show the rest of the state what Marion County can achieve when we all band together to serve.

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