(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E573]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                         HON. CHARLES B. RANGEL

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today, to recognize National 
Volunteer Week, which takes place from April 21, 2013-April 27, 2013. 
During National Volunteer Week, established in 1974, thousands of 
people lend their time and support to collectively improve our 
communities. Service and volunteerism have long been honorable facets 
of American culture and continue to strengthen the character of our 
  This week, it is with great pride that I honor those men and women 
who work diligently with patience and enthusiasm to greatly improve the 
lives of complete strangers within their communities. These small feats 
of compassion performed without the expectation of recognition are 
long-lasting and deeply appreciated by all.
  Amidst the recent violent tragedies, it is of critical importance 
that we join together as a nation in service to strengthen the 
communities that are integral to the diverse mosaic of American 
culture. National Volunteer Week is also an opportunity to give thanks 
to the wonderful organizations within our congressional district, such 
as the Harlem Hospital, Community Kitchen of West Harlem, Catholic 
Charities of New York, and the Andrus Children's Center that exemplify 
the strong civic service marking the core tenets of volunteerism this 
  There are many other opportunities both long- and short-term, to give 
back to our wonderful communities. For more information please visit 
http://www.serve.gov for ways to serve our nation.