September 12, 2014

Kaine Stresses The Importance Of Service At Virginia Volunteerism & Service Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the annual Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference in Richmond where he commemorated the twentieth anniversary of AmeriCorps and participated in the organization’s National Swearing-in Ceremony. After leading the conference participants in the AmeriCorps pledge, Kaine spoke about the importance of service and the large impact that AmeriCorps members’ personal commitment can have on communities.

“All of you who are committing to service today will soon learn something about the value of giving to others,” Kaine said. “I am especially proud of my middle son today--he's an AmeriCorps volunteer tutoring middle school students. Your contributions -- wherever and however you serve -- will have a significant impact on Virginia’s communities. On behalf of all residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I want to say thank you for your efforts over the next year.”

Kaine has incorporated his own passion for service into his work as Senator by holding Citizens Days. Modeled after an initiative he launched as Lieutenant Governor, Citizen Days are opportunities for Kaine to bring Virginians together to participate in service projects across the Commonwealth. Recently, Kaine has held Citizen Days in Grundy to weatherize the mobile home of an elderly, disabled resident and alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Roanoke Valley to help maintain nearby hiking trails.