An Important Message from First Lady Carla Markell

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My Fellow Delawareans,

A year and a half ago, The Governor and I invited you to join us in a statewide weekend of service in lieu of the traditional Inaugural Ball. Delawareans of all ages pitched in to help those in need during the weekend of January 24-25, 2009. The Weekend of Service was the capstone to the week’s inaugural activities.

In the more than 30 projects up and down the state including park clean-ups in all three counties, building Habitat for Humanity houses in Seaford and Laurel and much more, you demonstrated how much you love Delaware . By serving over 25,000 hours during the Weekend of Service, and the weeks leading up, you proved Delaware is not just a state, but a state of neighbors.

Neighbors who see others going without food, so they decide start a food collection. Neighbors who bring neglected areas back to life by cleaning up local parks, painting buildings, and planting flowers. Citizens of all ages, backgrounds, and creeds stepped up to the plate to make this a better Delaware that weekend. The needs continue.

That is why, with great pride, I am announcing the first annual Delaware Week of Service April 18th-24th, 2010. This coincides with National Volunteerism awareness week.

We hope everyone will take a little time out of his or her busy schedule to volunteer. For organizations who would like to have an activity that week, we have instructions on how to list your event on the home page of our volunteering website, www.volunteerdelaware.org. This is also a wonderful site for those looking for volunteering opportunities in their area.

Every person can make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. It is our hope that each citizen who volunteers that week will carry on volunteering not just for a week, but for a lifetime. One person, one hour, one day, one dollar. Everything matters.

Thank you.

Carla J. Markell