On April 9, 2012 the Office of the Press Secretary at the White House published a press release:
A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
APRIL 15 THROUGH APRIL 21
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, 2012
In this proclamation President Obama said:
“Service is a lifelong pursuit that strengthens the civic and economic fabric of our Nation. With every hour and every act, our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers. I encourage every American to stand up and play their part — to put their shoulder up against the wheel and help change history’s course. “
To honor this week, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks and those of Dean Weidemann and all the members of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Connecticut to the fantastic group of dedicated volunteers, the UConn Master Gardeners.
Thank you Master Gardeners and Master Gardener Coordinators for your support and all that you do. You are amazing, tireless in your efforts you are an inspiration.
Last year UConn Master Gardeners donated over 22,000 hours working on 445 outreach projects in diverse community settings in Connecticut, they wrote newspaper articles, gave radio and television interviews and presented educational programs to their communities.
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