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April, National Volunteer Month

"There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer." - Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle

April first became National Volunteer Month as part of President George H. W. Bush's 1000 "Points of Light" campaign in 1991. Volunteerism is a service to a cause, a passion, and a devotion to making a difference in someone's life.

In some families, the baton of volunteerism is handed down from generation to generation and is instilled at a young age. Organizations in small towns, rural counties, and the largest of cities would not function without volunteers. Hospitals, soup kitchens, schools, and adult senior living communities are a few of the many locations where people of all ages can provide valuable support for communities.

I grew up in a family of volunteers-a family that would welcome the chance to donate hours of their free time and in turn hope to make a difference.

As an educator myself for quite a few years now, it has been a distinct privilege to have learned the true art of becoming a volunteer from some of the very best. My teachers, my colleagues, my friends, and my very own family have all been inspirations to my dedication to volunteerism.

Time and time again you will hear from me, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Please take a few moments to view the pictures that I am sharing with you. They truly exhibit a service to a cause, a passion, and a devotion to making a difference in someone's life. Become a volunteer and inspire someone in your very own community!

Sherry Meyers, a dog handler for The American Red Cross, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland volunteers her days bringing peace, love, and joy to patients in the hospital.  Miss Sherry and her facility dogs-Goldie, Ellie Mae,(featured in the picture with Sherry) Annie Fox, Bobbie, Truman, Dillon, Luke, and Sully are devoted volunteers that touch lives in incredible ways.   Sherry Meyers served in the U.S. Air Force, and in Public Health Service at National Institute for Health for 30 years.

Putting books in the hands of children to develop life long learning is both a career and a volunteer devotion that has been very much a part of my life. 

Sharing my books with children of all ages and inspiring them to become volunteers is a cause very close to my heart.

Volunteering with America's Finest at The Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington D.C. has been a passion of mine for some years.  My life will forever more be changed from years spent with these wonderful men and women!


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