I’m frequently asked about volunteering and why I do so much of it. The answer is simple. By volunteering, I’m making a difference. Whether its helping build a house, read to preschoolers, mentor girls through fitness, or plant a tree, by devoting just a little ounce of my time, I am helping shape the future and make a change no matter how big or small. I have experienced first hand the feeling of not only being a volunteer but also the feeling of helping oversee a volunteer program and meeting all of the amazing people who have helped out within parks and at events and programs.
But enough about me. Volunteer programs should make you feel appreciated for your service, but did you know that there is a whole month dedicated to volunteering and a special week just for appreciating volunteers? April is National Volunteer Month, with the week of April 10 being National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week dates back to 1974, when it was established in the U.S. It has since gained momentum around the country and even the globe. Almost every country with a volunteer base has some kind of volunteer appreciation week! It is during this week that most organizations who utilize volunteers put on Volunteer Appreciation ceremonies.
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is no different and will be honoring their dedicated volunteers by spotlighting some of the Presidential Service Award winners at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. We hope that you will help us celebrate our volunteers by following and sharing our social media posts and joining us on Thursday, April 14, from 6-8pm at the Monon Community Center for the Dinner. Many thanks goes out to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s volunteers.
I not only challenge you to help appreciate all of the volunteers you know, especially during the week of April 10, but to take a little chunk out of your normal routine and volunteer for an organization whose mission you are onboard with. You don’t even know yet how this will change your life.
I leave you with a quote, “The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.”