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Senior Corps Week

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WHEREAS: Older Americans, as parents, workers, and citizens, bring a lifetime of skills and experience that can be tapped to meet challenges in our communities; and

WHEREAS: For more than four decades, Senior Corps and its three programs - RSVP, Senior Companions, and Foster Grandparents - have proven to be highly effective ways to engage Americans ages 55 and over in meeting national and community needs; and

WHEREAS: Each year, Senior Corps provides opportunities for nearly 330,000 older Americans across the nation, including more than 5,500 in Arkansas, to serve their communities; and

WHEREAS: In 2011, Senior Corps volunteers provided more than 96.2 million hours of service, improving the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, strengthening our educational system, protecting our environment, providing independent-living services, and contributing to our public safety; and

WHEREAS: Senior Corps volunteers build the capacity of organizations and communities by serving through more than 65,000 nonprofit, community, educational, and faith-based groups nationwide; and

WHEREAS: At a time of mounting social needs and growing interest in service by older Americans, there is an unprecedented opportunity to harness the talents of age 55-plus volunteers to address community challenges; and

WHEREAS: Service by older Americans helps volunteers by keeping them active, healthy, and engaged; helps our communities by solving local problems; and helps our nation by saving taxpayer dollars, reducing health-care costs, and strengthening our democracy; and

WHEREAS: The third annual Senior Corps Week is provides a perfect occasion to thank Senior Corps volunteers for their service and recognize their positive impact and value to our communities and nation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim May 7 through 11, 2012, as


across the State of Arkansas, and I urge my fellow citizens to recognize the important contributions these volunteers make to the people of our communities.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 24th day of April, in the year of our Lord 2012.