Only in Arkansas: Clinton Center’s Volunteers

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Nearly 14 years ago, the Clinton Presidential Center and Library opened in downtown Little Rock.

The can’t miss building in the heart of the capital city has a unique feature that is often overlooked.

“Every day that I walk into this building, I am just filled with a sense of awe,” adds Ann Kamps, Manager of Volunteer Services at the Clinton Presidential Center.

In was 1984 at an event in Little Rock that Ann met Hillary Clinton. What came next, Ann never expected.

“All of the sudden I feel hands on my shoulder and I turn around and it’s Governor Clinton, whom I had never met, and he says to the people sitting at the table, ‘This is Ann Kamps, she is one of my best volunteers, she’s new to the state, and I want you to make her feel welcome’,” she recalls.

She volunteered for years with the Clinton’s and then 12 years ago she started leading the volunteers at the Presidential Center.

“When I ask my staff person, what do you think is the most unique feature of the Clinton Center, she said, immediately, ‘the volunteers.’,” Ann continues.

At a center that’s truly one of a kind, it’s people make it even more special.

As Bill Clinton once said – “Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly.”

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