NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH
In the United States, volunteerism is instilled at a young age. In many parts of the country, it is the cornerstone of summer vacation or woven into after school programs. Most organizations in small towns, rural counties and the largest cities would not function without volunteers. In some families, the baton of volunteerism is handed down generation after generation.
April became National Volunteer Month as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light campaign in 1991.
Doctors, Dentists, Surgeons, Audiologists, Anesthesiologists, Nurses, Speech Therapists, Medical Professionals, Host Families, Administrators, Marketing Specialists, and/or Program/Policy Volunteers (and so many others) come together to help heal children around the world. The underprivileged receive much needed medical care thanks to our volunteers.
Long overdue repairs and upgrades are made to a senior women’s home thanks to an organization’s annual call for donations and skilled workers. A woman answers a call on a suicide hotline because she cared enough to give up a few hours to train and listen to someone desperate and alone. A team sets up tables at a soup kitchen every week. Another group delivers meals to men and women who can no longer cook for themselves. Boys and girls sell ice cream sandwiches during a fair to raise money for a homeless shelter.
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. They pick a cause and make a difference in someone’s life. Sometimes the difference a drop in the bucket. Other times it creates a tidal wave of change. From the anonymous volunteers who donate their resources to those whose efforts are part of larger national organizations like 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, or American Red Cross or a local grassroots group such as Healing the Children, their missions provide valuable support to communities in times of need.
Across the globe we are experiencing unprecedented times. Healing the Children still has a need for volunteers especially in the areas of social media, marketing, on-line fundraising campaigns, interviewing former clients for their story, planning for the future, thanking volunteers, and donating supplies to medical facilities. To learn more contact us at www.healingthechildren.org. Thank you for all you do to help heal children around the world.
Take care and stay healthy,
Your friends at HTC