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Celebrating volunteers for service to Attorney General
by Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General
Apr 15, 2011 | 812 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In recognition of National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 10-16), the employees of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division would like to thank its volunteers for their service and dedication to the children of Texas.

Each year, volunteers across the state help the Office of the Attorney General serve Texas families and children more efficiently and effectively. Volunteering can be beneficial to people from different walks of life, including individuals seeking new job skills; student-interns seeking to satisfy course requirements; retirees and other Texans who simply wish to give back to their communities.

Child support volunteers perform a variety of duties, including data entry, filing and assisting attorneys and child support officers. The time and skills volunteers contribute help each office operate more efficiently.

Not only do volunteers make an impact on children, but they positively impact taxpayers as well. The Attorney General’s Office saved taxpayers $1.36 million last year through the use of 629 volunteers statewide.

These dedicated Texans are vital to the success of the child support program. By graciously donating their time, volunteers are helping the Attorney General’s Office provide children with critically important financial and medical resources. Thanks to these individuals, the Office of the Attorney General can help ensure that young Texans have the resources they need to grow healthy and strong.

Child Support volunteers share a passion and genuine desire to help the children of Texas. Ben Lang, 88, has faithfully volunteered in the Nacogdoches child support office since 1996. He began his relationship with the office through a senior employment program. Although the program ended in 2008, Lang’s commitment did not.

Students in Arnold Wilson’s Life Skills class at Austin High School have assembled case folders for the Austin North Child Support office for 23 years. It’s a safe bet that over the years, Wilson’s classes have assembled tens of thousands of folders.

These citizens are just a few examples of the outstanding volunteers that the OAG is lucky to have. Their dedication and hard work helps the Child Support Division make an impact and serve the greater needs of Texans.

Thank you to each volunteer who has left a mark on the Child Support Division — many lives have now been enriched.

Individuals interested in volunteering Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., should contact their local child support office. Contact information can be found on the Community Services/Volunteer Program section of the Attorney General’s Child Support website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.
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