National Volunteer Week kicks off

Local - 4/7/2014 3:44 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – Monday kicks off National Volunteer Week and here in the Mountain State officials are looking for folks who want to make a difference.

The Raleigh County Community Action Association opens its annual event Monday. They're seeking out individuals who want to engage their community and work together to accomplish goals.

Earlier in the week a group collected 15 bags of trash off the side of the road, and there's plenty more coming up including a food drive, a blood drive, and creating care packages for the military.

RCCA executive Bobbi Thomas-Bailey stresses the importance of volunteerism to the city.

“Money is scarce, so we really depend on volunteers to come out and help. And the community just is a stronger place when you can get volunteers out.”

Mayor Bill O'Brien echoes those sentiments.

“Volunteerism can impact so many people not only through churches, through various committees, and other ways, but each community needs to understand that government can't do it all, it's up to the individuals.”

If you're interested in volunteering, call the community action center in Beckley at 252-6396.


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