WEEK THREE OF ACTION: VOLUNTEER
Did you know that 62.6 million Americans spent nearly 7 billion hours volunteering last year? There is NOTHING more valuable than a person’s time – whether it be working as a child’s mentor, picking up trash, or sorting food at a local food bank. No matter what the capacity VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
This week is National Volunteer Week (April 12-18), and in the world of non-profits, volunteers play a very essential role in the everyday works of the organization. Without volunteers many agencies just simply wouldn’t be able to accomplish their goals. At the Town of Palm Beach United Way, our volunteers are our treasures – they stuff envelopes, they raise money, they distribute money to partner agencies, they sort and count donated school supplies, and more.
Much of what an agency is able to accomplish is directly related to the number and quality of volunteers they have. Without volunteers, our local food pantries would not be able to serve as many people in our community as they do now, without volunteers the children would not have mentors to be that positive role model in their life seeing their full potential, without volunteers we would not see the amount of homelessness decrease right in our back yard. So, in essence, VOLUNTEERS are the heartbeat behind so many non-profits.
In 2013, 1 in 4 adults volunteered through an organization. Last year, nearly 62.6 million Americans volunteered nearly 7 billion hours last year. Based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, the estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $173 billion.
Nearly 3.03 million Floridians volunteered last year resulting in $9.9 billion of service contributed and 29.8 hours per capita.
So, this week set some time aside to volunteer and decide what matters most to you, then take strides to volunteer for that cause. Whether it be mentoring or reading to a child, volunteering at a local pantry or soup kitchen, or helping build a house or cleaning up our beach. Make your week count. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or simply want to learn more about all the opportunities that make an impact in Palm Beach County, contact the Town of Palm Beach United Way by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 561-655-1919.
Remember: Volunteering and Community Engagement are the cornerstone of a strong nation.
Let’s Do This
Please share with us how you made your week count. No, it doesn’t need to take place on Monday – Monday just gets us excited about what the week has to offer, what we (ourselves) have to offer.
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- Look for the weekly theme on all of our social media throughout the day on Mondays
- Photograph, video, post, tweet about your experience
- Remember to tag @PBUnitedWay and use the weekly hashtags
We have an AWESOME community, let’s embrace it, make an impact — IT’S MONDAY, LET’S DO THIS!