April 08, 2014
National Volunteer Week is April 6-12, 2014 – a great time to take action and discover opportunities to give back and make a difference in your community. During National Volunteer Week, the YMCA of San Diego County joins the nation in encouraging individuals to seek ways to give back, while honoring those who dedicate themselves to helping strengthen communities.
“At the Y, volunteers play such a key role by supporting the vital programs and services we provide to individuals and families. We see firsthand how giving back impacts not only the community, but the volunteer involved,” said Baron Herdelin-Doherty, President and CEO, YMCA of San Diego County. “In fact, a recent Gallup poll showed that nine out of 10 people said they receive an emotional boost from doing kind things for other people. When activated, that kind of emotional boost from contributing to the community goes from something you do to a part of who you are.”
As one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, the Y offers individuals and families opportunities to volunteer in ways that let them connect and develop meaningful relationships, all while making an impact in communities they care about.
Recently here in San Diego County, over 2,600 fundraising volunteers from 14 Y branches and YMCA Youth and Family Services participated in our annual campaign designed to help make sure that YMCA programs are affordable and available to all people in San Diego County. With their dedication and effort, the Y raised $5.9M to make a lasting difference in our community.
National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved. Here are five ways individuals can take an active role at the Y and in their community:
- Join a special committee that matches your skills or interests.
- Coach a sports team, teach a class or ask about other ways to get involved with a program of your interest.
- Help with fundraising efforts to ensure that essential programs and services are accessible to everyone in need.
- Get involved with a mentoring or tutoring program to help motivate and encourage youth to reach their potential.
- Inspire others to find ways they, too, can give back to the community.