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"National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, 2010"

I am pleased to join President Obama in saluting our nation's volunteers during "National Volunteer Week, April 18-24."

As Assistant Secretary for Aging, I would like to recognize those hundreds of thousand of volunteers who work on behalf of older Americans across the country. Whether they are providing meals or other services and supports to at-risk seniors in the community, supporting family members in need of care, working as volunteer ombudsmen in nursing homes, helping seniors clean up after a disaster, or working to detect and deter fraud in our health care system like our Senior Medicare Patrol, volunteers play a key role in supporting our older loved ones and allowing them to remain as independent as possible.

There are so many examples of volunteers making a difference throughout our country. I am so proud that President Obama has made volunteerism and community service top priorities for this Administration. I know that many members of our national aging network volunteer on a regular basis in a variety of ways helping people of all ages, and I'd like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for their time and their compassion.

To read the President's proclamation, please visit:

To learn more about what you can do during National Volunteer Week and beyond, please visit: