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Celebrating the  64 million

To the editor,

This year, National Volunteer Week is April 21 to 27. It is a week-long recognition and celebration of the commitment of roughly 64 million volunteers across the United States who do extraordinary things through service.

Here at Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center, volunteers are the center of all we do and every day they are making a real difference in the lives of people throughout the Monadnock region. Whether they spend an hour a week reading with a child to help them achieve grade-level proficiency, sharing several hours with a senior so that they can remain living independently or helping 100 hours at a community food pantry to ensure that nutritional needs are met, National Volunteer Week was created to make sure those volunteers know just how important their work is. Many organizations simply would not operate as effectively, efficiently or even exist at all without them.

It amazes me the lengths people will go to support causes that are important to them in education, health, economic opportunity, veterans and military family members, environment, disaster services and other community-based programs. During 2012 Monadnock RSVP volunteers gave over 32,000 hours of service which, according to the Independent Sector’s value of volunteer time in New Hampshire in 2011, is valued at $694, 400. Without a doubt, this is a cost-effective solution to meet our community’s most pressing problems.

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is a program of Monadnock Family Services, a Monadnock United Way Agency. This week we extend our greatest appreciation to all the Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center volunteers, groups, individuals, agency partners and businesses in the community who give their time, talents and support to help make our community stronger, safer and healthier for all.

Kathy Baird,
Suzette Borden,
Peter Moore,
RSVP Program

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