April is National Volunteer Month and what better way to kick it off than with a great story of volunteerism and its effect on the community. Each year, thousands of volunteers with the United Way give their time and energy in Central Georgia to making our community a better place. One in four Americans volunteer saving nonprofits nearly $200 billion each year. But not only does volunteering help nonprofit organizations like United Way of Central Georgia further its mission to lift Central Georgians out of poverty, but volunteering has benefits to the volunteer as well. Studies have revealed that those who volunteer may live a longer life and volunteers also have a 27% better chance of gaining employment.
Throughout the month of April during National Volunteer Month, United Way will have several volunteer opportunities for people to get involved in the community. Some featured volunteer activities are volunteering at the County-wide Cleanup event on April 10, helping at local shelters and clinics with donations or volunteering time, and more. Volunteers can find out more about these featured opportunities by visiting: https://www.unitedwaycg.org/volunteermonth
"We're beyond thankful for all the volunteers that continue to give their time selflessly to support local nonprofits. Mask making, food drives, diaper collections and virtual mentoring are just a few of the projects local volunteers have engaged in during the past 12 months,” said Madison Bishop, United Way of Central Georgia Resource Development Director. “Even though volunteerism may have looked different this year, Central Georgians continued to give selflessly of their time. Thank you to all our corporate and individual volunteers for all you have done and continue to do!"