"Celebrate Service" is the theme for National Volunteer Week 2018. That is exactly what Sumter Volunteers will be doing on Thursday, April 19, at our annual picnic at the Heath Pavilion. April 15-21 marks …
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"Celebrate Service" is the theme for National Volunteer Week 2018. That is exactly what Sumter Volunteers will be doing on Thursday, April 19, at our annual picnic at the Heath Pavilion. April 15-21 marks the 43rd observance of the week here in Sumter and the 45th for the nation.
Founded on March 1, 1976, by the Junior Welfare League, a prayer breakfast was the first National Volunteer Week endeavor and got the fledgling volunteer center off to a good start.
Since that initial experience, this special week has provided an opportunity for us to turn the givers of our community into receivers and is eagerly anticipated. The observance began in 1974 when President Nixon signed an executive order establishing NVW as an annual celebration of volunteerism. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting the week.
Through the years, all segments of the community have been celebrated in a variety of ways. For the last several years, the city has partnered with us to host a picnic/awards ceremony at the Health Pavilion. Mayor Joe McElveen will have his traditional commendations for the top cookie bakers in "Shower Shaw with Cookies" and will also present the Mayor's Award for Outstanding Community Service. The Edith Myers Volunteer Extraordinaire Award will be presented by Sumter Volunteers.
The week promises to celebrate service beginning on Sunday, April 15, when pastors have an opportunity to thank their church volunteers, through Saturday, April 21, when various community events are planned.
Volunteers, you are cherished as a great community asset, giving the best gift of all - self! We thank you. It's your week. Enjoy!
JO ANNE MORRIS
Director, Sumter Volunteers
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