National Volunteer Week is April 21st through April 27th
Walking or running for your favorite cause, serving food to the needy, collecting canned goods, making blankets for babies in the NICU, helping a blind child hunt for Easter eggs, teaching school children the importance of financial education, spending time with a senior citizen in a nursing home: these are just some of the ways that volunteers have given their time to make our community a better place to be. And this week is the time we say THANK YOU to all those who selflessly gave of themselves for the benefit of another. Your rock!
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to bring attention to the power of volunteering and to spotlight the impact volunteers make in the community. Programs like the President’s Volunteer Service Award and Extra Mile-Points of Light Pathway, recognize individuals, families and non-profit organizations for their contributions to the community. And if you ever wondered how much a volunteer is worth, according to Independent Sector, in 2012 an hour of volunteer time was valued at $22.14. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spent a median of 50 hours, from September 2011 through September 2012, volunteering, with about 64.5 million people volunteering their time within that same time-frame. That translates into over $71 billion dollars of valuable service given back to our communities!
Here at Recess, we are proud to give our time to some great causes including, the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, United Way Young Philanthropists Society, Three Square, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Boys & Girls Club, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and through our local PTA. If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, click on any of the links above and also check out the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada.
Rock on volunteers!