This week is National Volunteer Week, and a time when we extend an extra "thanks" for all volunteers do to make United Way work.
Volunteers make an impact here at United Way in many capacities - from serving on our Board of Directors, Allocations teams or other committees to participating in Day of Caring projects at nonprofits and the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center to volunteering within their company to help run a United Way workforce campaign.
According to Volunteering and Civic Life in America, in 2011 the number of volunteers reached its highest level in five years, as 64.3 million Americans volunteered through an organization, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010. Americans volunteered a total of almost 8 billion hours, an estimated economic value of roughly $171 billion. In Connecticut, they estimate that 793,710 people volunteer a total of 81.7 million hours of service that equals $1.8 billion of service contributed. That is a simply huge amount of time people have voluntarily given to organizations.
It cannot be understated that at United Way, volunteers increase our ability to advance the common good and create real, lasting change in our community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do!