National Volunteer Week began in 1974, when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Global Volunteer Month was established this year by the Points of Light Foundation to expand that celebration.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2014 and September 2015. The Corporation for National and Community Service (www.nationalservice.org) said it’s collectively dedicated 8.1 billion hours to a wide variety of organizations; the donated time and expertise is valued at $173 billion.
Because we didn’t want to miss any of the fun, we asked local nonprofits to brag on their volunteers. Here are the responses we received. Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place!
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