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David Paterson on Welfare & Poverty

Democratic Governor (NY)


Partner with non-profit sector to recruit more volunteers

Last year, 61 million Americans volunteered over 8 billion hours of their time, teaching struggling students, delivering meals to seniors, and helping those in need. This American tradition of service is strong--over 26 percent of American adults volunteer and almost 23 million more Americans volunteer today than in 1989.

Here in New York State, nearly 3 million adults volunteered 397 million hours of community service last year, contributing an estimated $7 billion to our economy through their service.

In these difficult times, we must recognize that community service is more important than ever.

We will work with our partners in the non-profit sector to recruit, train and retain more volunteers. To accomplish this, we must fund an increase in the number and capacity of Regional Volunteer Centers throughout the state. I also encourage all New Yorkers to visit newyorkersvolunteer.org to learn what they can do to serve their neighbors in need.

Source: 2009 State of the State address to NY legislature , Jan 7, 2009

Other governors on Welfare & Poverty: David Paterson on other issues:
NY Gubernatorial:
Andrew Cuomo
NY Senatorial:
Charles Schumer
Kirsten Gillibrand

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
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CA: Jerry Brown (D)
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CT: Dan Malloy (D)
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NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
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SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
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