by Jane Rose
Update: Thanks to Giving City Austin for sharing this post in their own blog post: “Love, Jane Rose.”
This is the one week during the year set aside as “Volunteer Appreciation Week.” But we appreciate our volunteers every time one walks in the door, and this is my love letter to all of them. And then some.
We can’t do what we do to help the families who need us without our wonderfully awesome, fantastic, talented, caring volunteers. I hope all of you reading this who volunteer for RMHC Austin know how much you are not just appreciated, but loved very much, for all that you do. Was that short, sweet and mushy enough for you?
But we certainly aren’t the only organization who relies on volunteers to help carry out their mission, and appreciates all that they do. And I know they thank their volunteers as well. They are local groups, and some national, too, like the American Red Cross, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Trinity Center, Texas Parks and Wildlife, GENaustin, Little Helping Hands, Hand to Hold, the Central TX SPCA…and so many more. Volunteers make our world a better place in countless ways.
Do you volunteer? With whom? Why? What do you love about it? And I’m not just hoping to hear from RMHC volunteers, but from anyone else who volunteers with any other great organization. I know you’re out there.
Have you ever helped your child’s PTA? Are you a member of National Charity League or Alpha Delta Pi? Have you been involved with scouting? Are you a UT student who has volunteered through the Volunteer and Service Learning Center? Have you helped in a race, like our Lights of Love 5K?
You volunteer coordinators reading this should also feel free to leave a comment and put in your two cents and let us know who you are as well. I know you appreciate these great folks.
I hope everyone out there who volunteers knows how much they are truly appreciated and how very much they are loved. Not just this week, but every single day, by whomever you volunteer for. Thank you SO much for all that you do!
(and if you aren’t already involved, come volunteer with us!)