Thank You, Volunteers!

April 4, 2022

April is National Volunteer Month, and I believe each one of us is called to service. 

We may be called to serve our families, our schools, our churches, our communities, or even our country. That service may be simply sharing a warm smile, a warm meal, or a warm coat from our closet. That service may be giving just an hour of our time, a few dollars at a time, or even our entire lifetime, like the men and women who serve in uniform. 

My greatest honor as First Lady is tapping into the compassion of my fellow Texans and encouraging them to give back to their communities through service. Promoting volunteerism and service throughout Texas through my Texanthropy initiative is my top priority, and it is also my pleasure to highlight the countless organizations and individuals across Texas who are making a difference in their communities. 

For many years, I have volunteered with Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Delivering hot meals to homebound seniors in my community has become more than a way to give back. Visiting these wonderful people is always the highlight of my week, and I have gained so many friends along the way. Volunteerism isn't just about completing a task or fulfilling a need; it connects us with the people and places around us. 

It doesn't take much to make a difference, but we all can, one life at a time. Lending a hand to those in need is a timeless Texas tradition, and volunteers provide a priceless gift to their communities. Each April, we celebrate all those who volunteer in one way or another, and encourage others to get involved, by recognizing April as Volunteer Month. 

Thank you to all volunteers across Texas for helping to make the Lone Star State such an extraordinary place to call home!