By Places for People Training and Volunteer Manager Jen May
As the Training and Volunteer Manager at Places for People, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year because April 10 through April 15 marks National Volunteer Week! During this time, we celebrate and express our gratitude to the committed volunteers who break from the ordinary and give back to Places for People! We have numerous volunteer opportunities, available to those 17 or older. Whether you are looking for administrative tasks, client services, fundraising opportunities, or pro-bono work, consider volunteering with Places for People!
Helen Keller expressed, “I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something”. Do something more and volunteer today! We all know there are many responsibilities battling for attention in our lives. There are must-do’s, could-do’s, should-do’s, and forgot-to-do’s and still 25% of Americans add one more thing to their packed schedules: volunteering.
Volunteering is the ultimate win-win! Volunteers have the chance to gain experience and pursue their passions in a new and exciting way, while organizations get to do more with help from enthusiastic and fresh faces. At Places for People, we work with volunteers to find opportunities that work with their schedules, interests, and skills. PfP volunteers donate their talent and energy totaling more than 100 hours per month! At the end of the day, it’s not about the hours; it’s about what these hours mean to both clients and employees.
Volunteers allow the people we serve to use our fitness center – the Wellness Center – to work on fitness goals and be one step closer to healthy living. Volunteers tilled the garden beds at two of our residential facilities – West Pine Group Home and CJ’s Place – to allow residents to plant, grow, and enjoy the rest of the year. Volunteer tutors work with clients to achieve educational goals, providing the individual attention clients need to succeed. Volunteers help employees focus more on clients through administrative support in many different corners of the agency.
Whether they realize it or not, volunteers help to destigmatize mental illness, promote education, and spread advocacy in a way that we cannot do alone. Volunteers’ energy, commitment, and passion show clients that members of the community care. Thank you, volunteers, for all that you do, all that you give, and all that you bring to our organization every day! Today, and every day, we celebrate YOU!
Please visit our volunteer page to learn more about current volunteer opportunities at Places for People.