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Apr 27, 2021

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. As we close National Volunteer Month, it is the opportune time to do two things: One is to thank those who give so unselfishly of their time and talent. It is estimated that 25 percent of Americans volunteer in some capacity. The second is to challenge the remaining 75 percent to find the time and make the effort to help those less fortunate. For more than a year now, we have seen food pantries providing meals to hungry families, medical professionals facilitating vaccinations, and rescue crews helping victims of natural disasters from coast to coast. We see the best of our country in those who find joy in giving back—and it reflects our character as a nation. And we see it every day in those mentoring, serving and accompanying those who need help. May we all commit to finding the joy of giving back.