Volunteers are many times the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations helping them to conduct programs, assist people to better their lives and generally save money for the host organizations. These wonderful people are also morale boosters for the organizations’ directors and employees making their workplaces areas of positive attitudes just because of these volunteers so freely giving of their time and talent.
April 10 – 16, 2016 has been designated as National Volunteer Week, a time when everyone should take a few moments to acknowledge and thank their volunteers for the work they do. Green Mountain United Way is truly grateful to all its volunteers making our organization that much more meaningful and of benefit to our local area.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) indicates that 62.8 million Americans volunteer with approximately 7.9 billion hours of volunteer time given. This represents an estimated $184 billion value of service. In Vermont, 34.7% of residents volunteer ranking our state as 6th among the 50 states and Washington, DC. Vermonters give 22.1 million hours of service, or $509.5 million value of service. To read more about volunteerism across our country, go to www.volunteeringinamerica.gov.
The CNCS also states that volunteers have 27% higher odds of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers, possibly due to their developing new skills and expanding personal networks. Their records also show that 80% of volunteers donate to charity compared to 40% of non-volunteers. In Vermont, 49.3% donate to charitable organizations.
If you volunteer now no matter where, Green Mountain United Way thanks you. GMUW’s own volunteers are a testament to the positive changes that are happening in our local communities and, for that, we are extremely grateful to them.
If you do not yet volunteer, please consider giving of your time and expertise. It’s a great way to help others and, at the same time, improve your life by learning new skills, creating new friends and making your community a better place.
For more information about GMUW, please visit www.gmunitedway.org where an extensive Volunteer Network is maintained.