Senator gives pep talk for work of volunteers

Bennet pays visit to Douglas County, lauds efforts of AmeriCorps, Parker Task Force

Posted 7/18/17

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he was happy to take a break from the back-and-forth in Washington, D.C., to pay a visit to Douglas County for two events on July 14, starting his morning at a graduation ceremony at CU South Denver in Lone Tree for the …

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Senator gives pep talk for work of volunteers

Bennet pays visit to Douglas County, lauds efforts of AmeriCorps, Parker Task Force

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he was happy to take a break from the back-and-forth in Washington, D.C., to pay a visit to Douglas County for two events on July 14, starting his morning at a graduation ceremony at CU South Denver in Lone Tree for the AmeriCorps volunteer program.

“Over the past 10 months, you visited places, met people and gained skills that others may never experience in an entire lifetime,” Bennet said. “As your boots testify, you’ve learned something about yourselves. That’s the power of service.”

Bennet listed some of the projects the graduates performed, such as tutoring Eagle County students, restoring historic ranches in Gunnison, mitigating wildfire fuels near Lake George and building homes with Habitat for Humanity in Longmont and other areas.

In his speech, Bennet also mentioned work the corps did in the Vail Valley to confront food insecurity, a problem that volunteers at the Parker Task Force see every day. Not coincidentally, the Task Force was Bennet’s next scheduled stop. He met with volunteers and clients at the food bank and stressed the importance of community organizations that assist families struggling with rising costs of living and stagnant wages.

His address to the AmeriCorps graduates ended with a call to reject the notion that the United States is a divided country, and said service projects like those AmeriCorps performs are an example of the way service unites Americans.

“We need to recognize people like you and others across the country who come together to build the United States up, despite the differences in region, race, religion or politics,” he said. “Within each of us lies the strength, creativity and compassion to change the country we love if we just believe that we can.”

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