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Giving thanks to our volunteers

To the editor:

This National Volunteer Week, April 6 to 12, Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center celebrated our dedicated volunteers, the people who are the essence of all we do. Every day you make a difference and we thank you! Monadnock RSVP has over 300 registered volunteers from all walks of life who share a common dedication to take action to improve social living conditions and create long-term change that produces healthy, well-educated, and financially stable individuals and families in our community.

Whether they spend an hour a week reading with a child to help them be proficient readers by the end of third grade, share several hours with a senior so that they can remain living independently, drive a veteran to a medical appointment, or provide food to the needy and hungry, National Volunteer Week was created to make sure those volunteers know just how important their work is. Many organizations simply could not deliver services as effectively, efficiently or even exist at all without them.

RSVP volunteers are serving at over 40 different nonprofit and public agencies and in our America Reads and Neighbors-In-Deed programs throughout the Monadnock region. During 2013 RSVP volunteers gave 24,102 hours of service, which, according to the Independent Sector’s value of volunteer time in New Hampshire in 2013, is valued at $550,972. National Volunteer Week is also a time to invite others to join us. If you would like to volunteer call 357-6893 or 924-7350, and we will help you explore opportunities that meet your goals and use your skills and experience.

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is a program of Monadnock Family Services, a Monadnock United Way agency, to whom we are extremely grateful for providing our required match for our federal grant.

Kathy Baird

Program Director

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center

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