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Thousands Expected to Take Part in National Volunteer Week



    It is amazing how much one can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit.

    The City of Chicago is coming together to take part in National Volunteer Week, in which thousands of Chicagoans will participate in service projects, such as volunteer fairs, park cleanups, service projects at schools across the city, and more.

    "There’s nothing more rewarding than helping others -- you make their lives a little better and learn more about yourself in the process. We’re proud of our city’s history of community service and Volunteer Week is an excellent opportunity to showcase what Chicagoans offer each other,” said Mayor Emanuel in a statement.

    One Good Deed Chicago, a city-sponsored campaign which promotes volunteerism and civic engagement, is coordinating several projects to encourage people to get involved during the week of April 16-21.

    Collaborating partners include the Peace Corps, AARP and City Year Chicago. In addition, the city will host the world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders in June.

    The 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service hosts thousands of Chicagoans who participate in workshops and plenary sessions to think of new ways to get more people involved across the globe.

    "Ordinary people make a difference, something we see every day and in every neighborhood of Chicago,” said John Hosteny, Director of the Illinois Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in a statement. “When people come together to realize a common vision, we strengthen our community and change history.”