REACH OUT Become a Volunteer
Use your head…Follow your heart…Lend a hand
What if you woke up tomorrow and there were no volunteers?
Your child would have to cross busy intersections on the way to school without a traffic guard. He or she might not have someone available to help them with homework after school. No one would be available to clean up your local park or to serve food to the homeless. Your elderly grandmother would have no one to read to her in the nursing home. Most religious activities would cease to exist.
Volunteers are one of our country’s most important assets. About 63.4 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once a year, according to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That represents more than a quarter of the entire U.S. population.
The estimated dollar value of a volunteer’s time is $20.85 per hour, according to the Independent Sector, a nonpartisan coalition of charities, foundations and corporate giving programs. The Corporation for National and Community Service estimates that volunteers donated over 8.1 billion hours; therefore the estimated value of hours volunteered was equivalent to approximately $169 billion in contributed services. If there were no volunteers, how would we pay for an additional $169 billion in services to mentor the young, feed the homeless and provide comfort to the sick and elderly?
Why should I volunteer?
- To invest in your community
- To increase personal sense of self-worth and general well-being
- To gain personal satisfaction and leadership experience
These are just a few of the many reasons people choose to volunteer. Volunteers of all ages and walks of life agree that by giving, they receive a great deal more. Every day in every corner of our Atlantic County area, volunteers are working to create a better world … touching the lives of people in need and solving community problems.
However, finding a volunteer position can seem as intimidating, overwhelming and confusing as seeking paid employment. And, just like a job search, the search for a fulfilling volunteer position consists of many steps. United Way of Atlantic County’s Volunteer Center acts as a “clearing house” for volunteers and can assist you with finding the right match.
Want to volunteer?
Search our local volunteer opportunities on www.volunteermatch.org. There are new volunteer opportunities added every day. Or call the Volunteer Center to find out about opportunities for you or your group at 606-404-9945
For more information about the Volunteer Center,