Next week, all across America, we will honor those men, women and children who have taken the time to say YES to volunteering. National Volunteers Week will be celebrated during the week of April 10-16, 2016.
At Second Harvest, we could not do what we do without the help of our volunteers. “Sorting and packing donated food items is an essential part of what needs to be done here at Second Harvest,” comments Julie Chase-Morefield, executive director of Second Harvest. “Without their hours of help throughout the year, we could not distribute the amount of food that we do. So many people would not get the needed help.”
Second Harvest has a strong, vibrant volunteer work force. Since we moved into our current building, the numbers of volunteers working to help sort food has increased by 31%. We now have about 2,400 volunteers who help us throughout the year at various jobs. Volunteer hours have increased by 32% and the amount of poundage that was sorted increased 42%. That means more food is getting to those who need it quicker.
We will be having a Volunteer Appreciation Event at the end of May to recognize those people who have given so much of themselves to further the mission of Second Harvest. At that event, we will also be honoring one special volunteer with the Jimmly L. Davis Spirit of Community Award. You can find out more about the criteria and nominate a candidate here. We will continue to accept nominations through April 25, 2016. Please consider nominating a deserving volunteer.We appreciate our volunteers all year long and want to make sure they know it. Might as well have a little fun, too. We will be offering a free raffle each month for those volunteers who donate their time during that month. We’ll kick off this new program next week for National Volunteer’s Week by having a mini raffle EACH DAY of this special week. Then in May, we will begin the once per month volunteer appreciation raffle at the end of each month. For every hour you work, you get a chance at the raffle prize for that month. Steven and Stephanie will have more information for you in the Volunteer Work Center.
Volunteering is part of our essential make-up and the momentum is growing. Second Harvest volunteers are doing extraordinary things to improve lives and strengthen our communities. For all of your dedication, hard work, compassion and time…..we recognize this, we are humbled by your offering and we thank you each and every one of you!
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