April is National Volunteer Month, and the week of April 23– 29 is observed as National Volunteer Week. Senior Services’ volunteers exponentially increase our organization’s ability to be a “one-stop resource” for seniors and their caregivers. Our volunteers serve in many ways, some through direct service such as delivering meals to senior centers, and some through program support such as community outreach. We use National Volunteer Week as an opportunity to recognize our volunteers, who regularly give of their time, energy and skills to provide services to so many seniors in our community.
Throughout the week, we will be posting stories about our volunteers, talking about why they chose to volunteer with us. Most people think volunteering is about filling up free time, but volunteering has many rewards, including increased physical and mental health! Be sure to visit our website and follow us on Facebook during the week of April 23–29 to learn more about the benefits of volunteering – from the volunteers themselves!
If you have a volunteer in your life that you would like to recognize, we encourage you to share their story with us by responding to this blogpost, or via Facebook or Twitter – with their permission of course. We’d love to hear about how volunteerism has impacted you or a loved one.
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is a certified Service Enterprise Initiative through the Points of Light organization. Only 15 percent of organizations in the U.S. have received this certification, proving our level of commitment to engaging volunteers effectively throughout our organization. Volunteers are an integral asset in the leadership, operations, and resource development here at Senior Services.
This year, the focus of National Volunteer Month is Service Unites. As we recognize our volunteers, many organizations around the nation are also honoring their volunteers and we are united together as a volunteer body serving across the nation.
“Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion [and skills] and turn it into meaningful change,” as stated by Pointsoflight.org. As you read this blog, think about your skills and passion. Do you know your purpose? We welcome you to join our team of volunteers. Unite with us to make a change in your community through service this year.