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Volunteer Month

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Apr 5, 2016
by Jeri Bush

It's National Volunteer Week and Leon County Government thanks and recognizes the thousands of volunteers who are actively demonstrating the power to make a difference in our community.

Since local government is the closest form of government to the people, many are drawn to the types of services that Leon County's Volunteer Program -VolunteerLEON has to offer. By being involved in positive programs that are organized and operate well, volunteers are able to see firsthand how county government operates and functions, often becoming our biggest advocates in a shared mission.

Leon County has a strong, vibrant volunteer program that engages our citizens in service in almost every area of county government operations. If you look around in County programs - you are likely to find volunteers and interns working side by side with dedicated staff through action and collaboration in almost every area of service.

Whether volunteers are serving on a Board appointed committees, volunteering in the County's libraries and parks, community gardens, serving as County Volunteer Firefighters, staffing our Emergency Operations Center's Citizen Information Line during times of disaster, conducting outreach through our Senior Outreach Program, teaching an adult to read through our Literacy Volunteer Program, painting and rehabbing houses through our Housing Services Program or helping with numerous county special events, volunteers have become part of the fabric of who we are in Leon County.

This partnership in public service has proved to be a cost-effect strategy and recipe for creating energized, stronger and a healthy Leon County community.

National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate our volunteers, but to enable us to share ideas, practices, and stories, wherever they happen thereby shaping a movement to re-imagine the notion of volunteerism.

Leon County Government believes in transparency and engagement-and we can't think of any better way to demonstrate that than our successful volunteer program, which is a model for state and national agencies.

On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, County Administration and all of us here working in County Government- thank you to all of those who volunteer their time and talents to make a positive impact in our community. We appreciate each and every one of you!