Governor Nathan Deal, on Georgia Gives Day
Shortly after Governor Deal made his official proclamation of the fourth Georgia Gives Day on Nov. 12, 2015 -- as he's done each year since it began in 2012 -- NOW asked him to share why he was one of the original supporters of our state's own giving initiative.
"Since 2012, my office has proclaimed a day in November as Georgia Gives Day to remind our citizens of the importance nonprofits play in our lives and to encourage them to support the various charitable causes that impact their respective communities.
I have always believed that we have a moral duty to serve those around us – a meaningful purpose that we can fulfill by volunteering our time, talents and resources to those organizations which care for the hurt, hungry or in need.
That belief led me into a life of public service, and it is the reason my wife and I created the ongoing initiative known as the “With a Servant’s Heart” campaign. Service is the cornerstone of our faith, and so we chose to encourage volunteerism, community involvement and outreach through this campaign as a way to give back to the people and state we love.
After washing the feet of his disciples, acting himself as a servant though he was far above all of them, Christ tells them, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” That example was set for all of us, and the best way we can follow it is to be a help and comfort to those around us."
Governor Nathan Deal