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Hunt: State Workers Will Get More Volunteer Time

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RALEIGH — Enthusiastic response to the President'sSummit for America's Future has already brought some North Carolinabusinesses out in support. But, some companies have been supportingvolunteerism for quite some time.

Bodyworks, the company that sells soaps, scents and shampoo inpsychedelic packaging, has been supporting the community almost since itsinception 11 years ago. Company spokesperson Atlanta McIlwraith saysBodyworks' employees are encouraged to volunteer four hours each monthwhile on company time.

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

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

Amy Green works for the N.C. Attorney General's office and has been avolunteer mentor for at-risk children for several years. She toldWRAL-TV5'sAmanda Lambthat hervolunteer time is time well spent.

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

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