DNCC - Michelle Obama and Jeannie Ritter: 'Delegate Service Day' Will Place National Commitment to Service at the Heart of the 2008 Democratic National Convention

DENVER – Just days before the start of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama and Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter penned an op-ed in the Denver Post this morning explaining the impact service has had on their lives and what service means to our country. On Wednesday, August 27, the third day of the Convention, some 1,400 delegates will volunteer at more than 30 community service sites in the Denver metro area. Michelle Obama and Jeannie Ritter serve as co-chairs of “Delegate Service Day.”

Serving others is the American way
Denver Post
By Michelle Obama and Jeannie Ritter
August 21, 2008

“Our individual stories and the grand American story are not separate. They are one and the same…This month, this principle will be at the heart of the Democratic National Convention, as Barack accepts the party's nomination for president of the United States.”

“Last year, 60 million Americans spent over 8 billion hours volunteering in their communities. Today, one in four Americans give their time and their talents to serving others. We've seen the power of volunteering firsthand in this campaign. Millions of people have worked the phones and pounded the pavement to get out the vote for Barack.” …

“It is in that spirit of unity that the Democratic National Convention will launch ‘Delegate Service Day’.” …

“We've both seen the impact that only service can achieve. Whether by working to increase resources for mental health in Colorado or preparing young people for careers in public service in Chicago, we've each witnessed the ripples of change that begin by serving others.
“Our nation is built on a history of service, written by generations of soldiers and sailors, suffragists and freedom riders, teachers and doctors, police officers and firefighters. Their lesson to us is simple but profound: In America, each of us is free to seek our own dreams, but we must also serve a common and higher purpose.”
“We hope that the work of the Democratic delegates in Denver will encourage more Americans to get involved with volunteering in their own communities. At this moment in our nation's history, change can't just happen in state houses or even the White House. It must come from the bottom up.”
For the full article, click here: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_10257249.