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Governor Doug Ducey Recognizes National Volunteer Week

April 11, 2016

Releases PSA Encouraging Youth Mentorship 

 

PHOENIX – In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Governor Doug Ducey, in partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBS) and Phoenix Mayor Stanton’s Office, released a public service announcement today encouraging Arizonans to actively seek out mentorship and volunteer opportunities.

“I want to thank the BBBS and their many volunteer mentors for the positive impact they have had on Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “By working together through volunteerism and service we can make a difference and shape a brighter future for our state, and I encourage all Arizonans to seek out volunteer opportunities this week and throughout the year.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, established 60 years ago and fully funded by donations and volunteer support, has more than 300 youth currently waiting to be matched with a mentor. Through their mentoring program, BBBS matches adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) who develop positive relationships that have a direct, long-lasting, and meaningful effect.

“Mentoring means giving back and leading by example, and I can personally attest that it is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “I served as a Big Brother over 20 years ago and still have a great relationship with my ‘Little.' I encourage every adult to step up and impact the lives of local youth so that they too can find success.”

Click here to see the Power of the People Mentoring PSA.

During National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, Americans are encouraged to seek out imaginative ways to engage their communities and make a difference and to recognize those who give back.

To learn more about BBBS or the organization’s volunteer options, visit http://www.bbbsaz.org/volunteer.

To search for volunteer activities in your area, visit http://www.volunteermatch.org/.

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For more information or assistance, contact Dawn Wallace at: 602-542-1316