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A life dedicated to service is a life well-lived

Apr 24, 2012 - Barbara Dorn, Riverton

Editor:

The Corporation for National and Community Service provides national funding for the Wyoming Senior Companion Program. Since the corporation was started in 1974, volunteers in the Senior Corp., AmeriCorp and Learn and Serve America have made a tremendous impact in communities across the nation.

Through service, the lives of the volunteers have been changed as they improve the lives of countless others. The corporation, together with its tens of thousands of local, state and national partners, has strengthened America's non-profit sector and created a national infrastructure for community service and volunteering.

Robert F. Kennedy said "Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation."

Our work must begin now, with each and every individual making a commitment to a lifetime of service.

President Harry s. Truman once said "the higher office in the land is that of citizen." Indeed, there is no role more vital, and no ingredient more essential to the health of our democracy than citizenship. Citizens who participated in, cared about, and dedicated their lives to building a strong and solid foundation for this country built the United States. It is service to our neighbors, our communities and our nation that has made this country strong and compassionate.

We have a rich tradition of service and volunteering and have long fostered a culture of citizenship and service in people of all ages. For more information on the Senior Companion Program, call me at 856-6880.

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