Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Invites Kentuckians to Participate in National Volunteer Week

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 13, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839
Email: lynn.zellen@ky.gov
 


Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is inviting Kentuckians to volunteer this week in observation of National Volunteer Week. Grimes is the state's chief advocate for civic engagement.

"I encourage all Kentuckians to get out and look for ways to volunteer this week," Grimes said. "Volunteering not only makes a difference for whichever organization or school or cause you choose to help, but it also has a positive economic impact." The value of one volunteer hour in Kentucky has been calculated at $19.68, according to Independent Sector.

Shortly after taking office, Secretary Grimes released Kentucky's first-ever Civic Health Index, which showed that civic engagement was generally declining in the Commonwealth. The Index provided a starting point for a movement to reverse that trend, beginning with fifteen roundtable discussions Grimes held across the state. Drawing on the data from the Index and the community forums, Grimes released the Civic Health Assessment in 2013, sparking an ongoing discussion about the common good in the Commonwealth.

Grimes’ office is leading by example. Grimes and members of her staff have participated in God’s Pantry Food Bank’s Basket Brigade, helping prepare 5,000 boxes to provide Thanksgiving meals for Kentucky families in need. And the office, together with the Office of First Lady Jane Beshear and local community organizations, annually collects food to distribute to area food banks and shelters during their Thanksgiving Food Drive.

"I have long said Kentucky is at its best when everyone is engaged. Volunteering during National Volunteer Week is the perfect way to start to get more Kentuckians involved in their communities," said Grimes.

For ideas how you can give back, read Grimes’ Civic Health Assessment, available at sos.ky.gov/CHA, or visit the Cabinet for Health & Family Services’ Commission on Community Volunteerism & Service website to find volunteer centers throughout the state: chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/volunteer.htm.

For more information about National Volunteer Week, visit the Points of Light website.

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