This April Celebrate Volunteers. Celebrate Volunteerism.

Let's celebrate the millions of Americans who take time during their hectic lives to give back to their communities. April is National Volunteer Month and April 15 – 21 is National Volunteer Week. It is a time to recognize the undeniable impact the efforts of volunteers make on making the world a better place for all of us.

Research shows that volunteerism is woven into the core of the lives of many Americans. In fact, 1 in 4 adults, 62.6 million Americans, volunteered 7.8 billions hours in 2015 with an estimated value of this volunter service of $184 billion.1

In celebrating volunteerism and volunteers, it is important to consider the research because potential volunteers may wonder, what can my small effort really do in the face of overwhelming need? The answer lies in the facts above, as every seemingly small act of charity contributed to a real impact on communities – impact measured in the billions!

In April we take the time to step back and recognize the efforts of volunteers. Charities and programs that support people in need simply couldn’t carry out their work without the help of countless volunteers. Do you know someone who is an active volunteer? Have you ever thanked them? Now is the time to give a simple thank you. Volunteers’ work benefits not just the needy but the community as a whole.

But, we know volunteers don’t help because they want recognition. Most people volunteer because they feel called to help and because it simply feels good. As you can see below, volunteers benefit just as much as the causes they support!

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You can celebrate the spirit of volunteerism by contributing to the cause with a YouGiveGoods Giving Event raising most-needed items for charities and the programs so many rely upon. And, running your event qualifies you as a virtual volunteer so let us be the first to Thank You for being a volunteer!

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