Generally, my articles focus on ways you can serve the community and help out a local cause. I here back form some of you about your experience. I also get feedback from the agencies where you help. It is evident that the agencies really appreciate the hard work that you the volunteers accomplish.
April is National Volunteer Month. It is a fitting time to say thank you. Thank you, each and every one who has answered the call to volunteer. Your willingness to step forward and help has been so important to local agencies and programs and events. Because of you, the state of Kansas is seventh in the nation in the number of volunteers. 36.4 percent of the population of Kansas volunteers. That translates to 90.9 million hours of service equaling $2 billion of contributed service. Kansans volunteer with churches, in education, and social service programs. These are the top three areas we donate our time.
Volunteers help to empower a young person to believe and to accomplish. Programs like scouting, youth centers, and sports programs could not achieve their goals without the dedication of volunteers. Hospitals and nursing homes rely on the commitment of volunteers to help serve their patients and residents. Community gardens, animal shelters, museums, and neighborhoods thrive because of the hard work of volunteers. The hungry, the homeless, the sick, the disenfranchised are helped by volunteers. Special events, fundraising, governing boards, all flourish because of dedicated volunteers.
Thank you, the volunteers that serve our local community. Your dedication, the commitment of your precious time, the sharing of your resources, and your selfless giving are greatly appreciated.
For more information on how you can give, advocate and volunteer, contact me at 913-371-3674 or at email@example.com. You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out our website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.
Diane Hentges is director of the Volunteer Center-RSVP at the United Way of Wyandotte County.