President’s Day Reflection

How did we all celebrate President’s Day in California? We’d like to think that it was a day when we celebrated those leaders who inspired us all to engage in service in our communities and our country. But, it is just as important to think about those who are not in our history books or on the front page of the newspaper every day.

Whether you are an AmeriCorps member, one of our commissioners, or one of our partners on the ground, you are making a significant contribution to California by giving your time, talent, and resources. For your efforts, Californians are better off.

From opening your doors to neighbors displaced because of disaster, tutoring elementary school children in underserved communities, or generously donating resources to an important cause, you are the unsung heroes of service – giving of yourself time and time again.

You don’t seek publicity for your own personal gain – touting your accomplishments; nor do you blame others for roadblocks or setbacks. Rather, you stay focused on the task at hand, and with rolled up sleeves you get the job done, because it’s the right thing to do. This is the true measure of what it means to be a public servant.

You represent what is best about our State and our Country. You show us what is possible.