A Note from Gov. McAuliffe:
Here in Virginia, we have the chance to unite to help improve the lives of our neighbors in by participating in the "Day to Serve" volunteer effort. This year between September 11-28th we join Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington DC to feed the hungry, heal our planet, and help people who are elderly or disabled through a variety of projects across the Commonwealth. Last year over 950,000 pounds of food was collected and over 40,000 individuals participated across the region. We can and we will exceed efforts from last year and continue to support those in need in our communities. I would like to thank all the individuals and organizations for participating in improving the health of our land and the health of our people this year in Day to Serve.
A Letter from Chief of Staff Paul Reagan to All State Employees:
September 8, 2014
Dear Fellow State Employees:
I am pleased to invite you to join in a special initiative this month to serve others from all across the Commonwealth of Virginia. "Day to Serve" is a unique annual event that is intended to foster volunteerism and community service all across Virginia and our Mid-Atlantic region. From September 11th through the 28th, Virginians will join together with our neighbors in Maryland, West Virginia, and D.C. to recognize the connections between the health of our people, the health of our land, and the importance of taking action in something bigger than ourselves. From food drives to stream clean ups, Virginians will work hard to relieve hunger and protect the environment by holding events throughout our state.
State employees in the Richmond area can make a statement on September 11, 2014, and help save the lives of many people by making a priceless donation of blood at Governor McAuliffe’s Blood Drive Challenge. On this special day, the 13th anniversary of 9-11, you can donate on Capitol Square at the Jefferson Building from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Sponsor Code: Jefferson) or at the Patrick Henry Building from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Sponsor Code: Governor). To sign up, please visit www.vadonor.org. I encourage you to bring a friend or co-worker to help meet the urgent need for the priceless gift your donation will make.
The Commonwealth of Virginia is strengthened by organizations and individuals dedicated to addressing community needs. Last year’s "Day to Serve" program was a great success. More than 12,000 Virginians volunteered to serve and completed more than 50,000 hours of service across 339 events throughout the region.
Would you like to get involved in other ways? For a list of volunteer opportunities, go to http://daytoserve.org/map
By volunteering to serve others, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our fellow Virginians. Thank you for your commitment to public service and helping to make the Commonwealth a better place to live and work.
Paul J. Reagan
Chief of Staff
A Day to Serve Proclamation from Governor Terry McAuliffe: