The Times West Virginian

September 9, 2013

Volunteer service key on ‘Day to Serve’

State to participate in regional effort from Sept. 15-29

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Volunteer service can make a difference across Marion County and West Virginia.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently announced that the state will be part of Day to Serve, which is happening Sunday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 29.

“Day to Serve is a collective effort to strengthen our communities through volunteer service,” said Tina Stinson, information specialist with the Governor’s Communications Office.

This is the second year West Virginia has participated in this regional effort, she said. Residents of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., will also join the cause again.

“For the first year, it was successful,” Stinson said. “We had a lot of projects and the response was fantastic. We’re hoping to do that again this year.”

She said Day to Serve is a chance to celebrate what makes West Virginia great, especially its long tradition of neighbors helping each other. Tomblin is encouraging state residents to volunteer one day during the two-week period coming up.

“Our goal is to build upon last year’s success,” Stinson said.

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