Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson recently paid tribute to Harris Wofford, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and one-time adviser to John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign. Gerson devoted much of his column to Wofford’s view of community service, and its good for the individual, the community and the nation. He wrote, in part:
“Wofford’s theory of social change is compelling. It speaks to the individual. No life lived in service to others is empty. Service is a good way to launch young people into responsible adulthood. A good way for seniors to share undiminished wisdom and skills. A good way for anyone to give purpose to their freedom and direction to their gifts.
“It offers improvement at the social level. Service, as Wofford viewed it, is a source of grass-roots solutions to lingering social problems. Many of our worst challenges are deepened by apathy and passivity. They are overcome by committed, organized community effort.”
Read the column here.
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