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Gov. Markell Kicks off Week of Service

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LAUREL, Del.- Gov. Jack Markell is encouraging people in Delaware to volunteer during the so-called "Week of Service" to help those in need.  Markell kicked off the weeklong event Friday at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club in Laurel.

"What's really important is that this is something that happens everyday in our state and that people are volunteering," Markell said.

The governor said the event started four years ago.

"Lt. Governor Matt Denn and I decided that instead of having an inaugural ball, we would have a week of service. The economy was so incredibly awful at that time that we though it would be more appropriate to have a week of service," said Markell.

Foster grandparent volunteers also helped to organize books for kids at the club.

"We thought the books coming to the Boys and Girls Club would be a good way for us to continue that volunteer effort in our community," said Robin Fisher, foster grandparent manager.

Other volunteers, like Jennifer Hill, say they came out to help to benefit a good cause.

"The Boys and Girls Club is one of the few places kids have to go hang out and to be safe and to do positive activities," said Hill.

The center's executive director said positive activities are just one of the things needed.

"They need positive role models. Single parent families coming through need the support and that mentor in their lives makes a difference. We've seen that at the clubs," said Chris Couch, executive director for the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club in Laurel.

Couch says the outpouring of support has been a blessing.

For more information on volunteer opportunities in Delaware, log onto www.volunteerdelaware.org.

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