Did you forget that the week of April 19 – 26 is National Volunteer Week? We haven’t! The staff of Community Tech Network wants to thank our past and current volunteers for the hope and inspiration they provide to our digital learners. Although the COVID-19 stay safe at home mandates have temporarily prevented CTN from organizing our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, we want to share here the impact that volunteers have helped us make.
Our preliminary 2019 service data has been compiled, and we are proud to report that 235 CTN volunteers provided 1,026 older adult and low-income learners with 8,904 separate learning encounters. Collectively, our dedicated volunteers provided a total 4,150 hours of service, the equivalent of two additional full-time employees! Using data from Independent Sector’s annual value of volunteer time study, the average value of an hour of volunteer time in the U.S. was $25.43. Applying that figure, CTN’s volunteers provided the equivalent of $105,161 worth of services to the communities we serve.
National Volunteer Week, established in 1974, is a program of Points of Light. It is an opportunity to honor the impact of all those who do good in our communities and inspire others to make a difference and improve the world. Together, we celebrate the power and impact of volunteer service and shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. When each of us, in our own way, answers the call to make a difference, we make progress in solving our most persistent problems and create stronger communities and a more just society.
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS FOR THE GIFT OF YOUR TIME.
Volunteers are unpaid — not because they are worthless but because they are priceless.