National Volunteer Week 2014; DuPagePads Appreciates Volunteers
National Volunteer Week is April 6-12, 2014; however we are celebrating our volunteers all month long. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.
DuPagePads 4,000 volunteers are a force of positive change in our community and are the heart and soul of our mission to end homelessness. We appreciate how hardworking, generous and dedicated our volunteers are, helping with everything from making a meal, to setting up sleeping areas, to listening to someone’s story at our Client Service Center. Some of our program participants shared their appreciation for our volunteers:
“Thank you for coming out for us month after month, bringing homemade goodies and for caring about us. Thank you for listening to us when we want to talk and for your humble acts to service.”
“I really appreciate all of your time and dedication to helping us. You all are so friendly, compassionate and caring. You treat us with respect and dignity. I cannot express how thankful I am for all that you do.”
“Thank you for believing in goodness of people and for the essential needs you help fulfill.”
Yolanda Says Thank You:
Volunteer of the Year Award
In honor of Volunteer Week, soon we will be announcing our Volunteer of the Year winners in the Adult and Youth categories. Those chosen will be awarded plaques and given special recognition. We appreciate everyone who has submitted nominations—it is a very difficult decision!
Looking for volunteer opportunities?
If so we are currently recruiting volunteers for the spring and summer months—a time where we often have the most difficulty filling shifts. If you would like to know more about our volunteer process, click here. If you have any questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 630.682.3846 ext. 3500 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are so many positive effects when it comes to volunteering!
1. Volunteering connects you to others. Volunteering helps you feel connected to your community and it gives you the opportunity to meet new friends with common interests.
2. Volunteering makes you feel better mentally and physically. Volunteering can you boost your self-esteem and it helps you stay physically active.
3. Volunteering can advance your career. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in a new field or area of interest. You can have the opportunity to learn and cultivate new job skills.
4. Volunteering helps bring fun and fulfillment to your life. Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests. When you volunteer, not only are you doing something you enjoy, but you are also helping others.
Volunteer for DuPagePads and help transform the lives of those who are homeless in DuPage.
When someone believes in you,
everything can change.