|Pictured, left to right, are James Leary and Kola Akindele of the Office of Community and Government Relations, joined by School of Medicine Dean Terence Flotte and Chancellor Michael Collins at the Veteran’s Inc. soup kitchen in Worcester.|
In his proclamation declaring April 15 to 22, 2012, National Volunteer Week, President Barack Obama said, “I call upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.” Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.
Members of the UMass Medical School community have long heeded the president’s call. Every day, students, faculty and staff at all levels and from all reaches of the institution are actively and passionately engaged in the communities where they live, work and study.
This year, the Medical School will observe National Volunteer Week with a roster of new and ongoing programs.
Karin Fitch, senior manager for human resources, recently followed a referral to become a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts. Fitch has long volunteered as a private citizen, but sought another way to give back that was more closely connected with UMMS and its mission. “Supporting and serving the community is what we do as an institution,” Fitch said. “The board connection helped me find the right fit.”
To join the UMMS students, staff, and faculty who last year contributed more than 50,000 volunteer hours to the community, call, visit or email the Office of Community and Government Relations.
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