Governor urges Arizonans to volunteer

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer wants Arizonans to volunteer to provide some of the social services being reduced by the state's budget crisis.

Brewer on Tuesday announced creation of a task force to coordinate efforts by religious groups and other nonprofits to serve the elderly and other people needing assistance.

Brewer's office says volunteer activities where organizations could help include foster parenting, supervising child visitations, providing transportation and helping with care for the elderly and children from low-income families.

Arizona has cut social services to help reduce big budget shortfalls.

Brewer says she hopes the state "can reach out and get a lot of volunteers" and that their efforts "will change peoples' lives."

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