2010-04-22 / Letters

In Recognition Of Not-For-Profit Volunteers

To The Editor:

According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, in 2008, 61.8 million Americans, or 26.4 percent of the adult population, contributed 8 billion hours of volunteer service to the nation’s not-for-profits. These services have an estimated value of $8 billion. This is a phenomenal contribution that helps not-forprofits continue to serve during tough economic times.

April is the month in which we recognize the contributions made by our volunteers. These women and men provide a wide variety of services for not-forprofits from shredding paper, to providing respite for tired caregivers, to fundraising and serving on boards of directors.

During this special month of recognition for volunteers, we would like to say thank you to all those individuals who give of their time to make their communities better places for all of us to live, work and play. Most especially, on behalf of the people we serve, I would like to say thank you to the folks who volunteer their time for the programs of Lutheran Home Care & Hospice and LIFE Lutheran Services.

These friends and neighbors, all ages, all creeds and all walks of life help us to provide compassionate care and services to the elderly, the sick, the disabled and folks for whom life has presented especially difficult challenges. While direct care is the responsibility of professional and trained caregivers, the supportive value of the services provided by our volunteers is immense.

If you are among this force that works for good without wages, accept my heartfelt thanks and admiration. And if you haven’t tried volunteering yet, give it a try for your school, your church, a nonprofit that has benefited you or your family or just in something that interests you. I believe that you will find the satisfaction of helping others out of the goodness of your heart to be overwhelming.
Terry J. Shade
Vice President, Community
Health Services
Lutheran Social Services of
South Central
Pennsylvania

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