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Volunteers still key, even after official celebration over

April 29, 2010

Last week was National Volunteer Week. Evidently it has been around since 1974 as an official way to honor the service that Americans give to one another and, even though we missed the official celebration, it is important to note this essential element of our life together.

The urge to volunteer is one of our defining characteristic as a people and, as President Obama said in a statement, an essential ingredient in achieving priorities for our nation. Volunteers are vital to achieving what our community wants for itself as well, whether it’s a safer neighborhood or support for the homeless.

Some of us are lucky enough to work at a nonprofit organization where we can share our skills and get paid for the work we do, but most of us probably volunteer somewhere else as well, where there is no reward except the satisfaction of doing something to make life a little better for one person.

Thank you in advance for all you do. Without you, volunteers here and everywhere, no nonprofit organization or funder could hope to be truly successful in our work.

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