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The week recognizes the impact volunteering has in the lives of Circuit Court patrons
In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017, the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County is proud to applaud the commitment of its volunteers including the Office of Problem Solving Courts and the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center, an initiative of the Circuit Court.
“It’s truly an honor to recognize the Circuit Court’s many volunteers,” states the Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. “Their day-to-day contributions greatly impact the Circuit Court’s various services. Moreover, their selflessness is a daily reminder to the programs’ participants that someone cares about their journey to becoming fulfilled citizens of Prince George’s County.”
Proclamation 4288 signed in 1974, stated that the noted week highlights “the spirit of voluntarism, one of the hallmarks of American life…These efforts most frequently touch the lives of the poor, the young, the aged and the sick, but in the process the lives of all men and women are made richer.”
“Volunteers are vital to the success of the Office of Problem Solving Courts,” says Office of Problem Solving Courts Director Julisa Cunningham about the specialty courts which focuses on a collaborative, non-adversarial approach to judicial supervision of eligible offenders. “Whether it’s our mentors, attendees at our graduation, community members who provide resume writing or peer support to our clients, each one helps our clients excel and reach their goals of becoming productive members of society.”
Prince George’s County Family Justice Center Director Denise C. McCain echoes Mrs. Cunningham’s sentiments.
“Our volunteers are invaluable resources,” adds Mrs. McCain. “We have a dedicated cadre of 30 volunteers who give of their time, talent and energy to make a meaningful contribution to the work and mission of the Family Justice Center. Quite frankly, we couldn’t do what we do without them.” Volunteer organizations include the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Prince George’s County Hospital Center (domestic violence and sexual assault unit), Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, The Next Step, Bound for Better and many more.
To learn more about our volunteers and services, visit the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County website. ###