Across the United States, during the month of April, Americans will be honored for giving their time to help others by volunteering. April also encompasses National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, which began in 1974, when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every President since then has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 64 million people volunteer annually.
At the Neighborhood Health Clinic we have more than 700 volunteers. Let’s take this time to celebrate National Volunteer Month and to recognize our outstanding volunteers whose dedication over the past 14 years has provided over $14,237,135 in value of donated services.
Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, we will honor their request to do something different this year. Instead of hosting our annual volunteer appreciation event, the funds will be used instead to purchase costly prescription medications for our patients. Once again, our volunteers demonstrate their compassion and commitment to this organization.