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Hunt: State Workers Will Get More Volunteer Time

Posted April 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Enthusiastic response to the President's Summit for America's Future has already brought some North Carolina businesses out in support. But, some companies have been supporting volunteerism for quite some time.

Bodyworks, the company that sells soaps, scents and shampoo in psychedelic packaging, has been supporting the community almost since its inception 11 years ago. Company spokesperson Atlanta McIlwraith says Bodyworks' employees are encouraged to volunteer four hours each month while on company time.

Bodyworks is an international company. Each of its 1,500 offices worldwide has implemented the volunteerism program.

Governor Jim Hunt attended the summit in Philadelphia. He says he has returned with an idea that state workers should lead the pack in a volunteerism effort. State workers are already allowed to volunteer in the community for eight hours each year, on the clock, but he says those hours can be increased.

Amy Green works for the N.C. Attorney General's office and has been a volunteer mentor for at-risk children for several years. She told WRAL-TV5'sAmanda Lambthat her volunteer time is time well spent.

The 50 North Carolinians who represented the state at the summit returned Wednesday with big plans to boost volunteerism in their communities. Governor Hunt announced that there will be a state summit in the fall.