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Monday, April 29, 2002

WTSS celebrates volunteer week

West Texas State School and the Texas Youth Commission joined a nationwide celebration in honor of volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 21-27. The Week's theme, "Celebrate the American Spirit _ Volunteer!" reflects the resolve of the American tradition of neighbor helping neighbor.

West Texas State School used National Volunteer Week as a means to celebrate the citizens of our surrounding communities who share their time and talent to help our youth.

"Volunteer involvement is a critical element to a well-rounded rehabilitation program. Volunteers demonstrate to our youth that there is a community that cares about their success," said Chester Clay, Jr., Assistant Deputy Executive Director of Juvenile Corrections for the Texas Youth Commission.

"Volunteering isn't simply nice to do; it's necessary for the health of our democracy. American runs on the spirit of volunteering. Without the efforts of millions of men, women and children who give their time to help others in their communities, our country would be a different place," said Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation.

Several WTSS volunteers have been nominated for statewide awards at the upcoming annual TYC volunteer conference. These nominees are Julian Dawson of Kermit _ Volunteer Achievement Award (this recognition requires 10 or more years of volunteer service to the Texas Youth Commission), the Ridgeway Family of Gardendale _ Family volunteer award; Dwight Phillips of Odessa _ Outstanding Individual volunteer; Jeff Thomason of Odessa _ Outstanding Chaplaincy volunteer and the Fellowship Freedom Riders (Christian Motorcyclists' Association) of Midland _ Outstanding volunteer group.

The mission of the Texas Youth Commission volunteer services department is to maximize community resources and utilize volunteers to provide opportunities that enable youth to become responsible and productive citizens. West Texas State School is always in need of volunteers for membership on the West Texas Community Resource Council, to provide one-on-one tutoring, enhance religious activities, to serve as mentors and to sponsor special events such as dorm Christmas parties.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at WTSS, contact Donna Garcia, Community Relations Coordinator at 915-389-5555, ext. 221 or at .

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