Town to celebrate National Volunteer Week on April 21-27
By Kristen Swing
In a proclamation signed last week, Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe called the volunteer force in the nation a “great treasure,” and urged town residents to volunteer in the community.
Lester Lattany, president and CEO of the United Way of Washington County, was on hand at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting where the proclamation was read to thank the town’s many volunteers for all of their service.
“If it wasn’t for our volunteers,” Lattany said, “our community would certainly be a different place to live.”
National Volunteer Week has been celebrated annually all across the United States since 1974 when President Richard Nixon established the event.
It honors the individuals who dedicate themselves to “taking action and solving problems in their communities and proves that one person using their power by serving another can inspire, empower, equip and mobilize people to change their communities and the world,” Wolfe said in reading the proclamation. “Individuals and communities are at the center of social change, discovering their power to make a difference.”
During National Volunteer Week, all throughout the county and nation, service projects will be performed and volunteers recognized for their dedication of time and talents.