While it seems every week is volunteer week at Jolkona, we couldnâ€™t let this week go without a BIG shoutout to our AMAZING volunteers since it is National Volunteer Week. At Jolkona, we have over 40 committed volunteers who support our work, helping with anything and everything to support our mission, including things like writing for our blog, running our social media, PR, building mobile apps, conducting surveys, graphic design, event planning and more! In addition, we have an incredible volunteer board and advisory board who help provide guidance and support to Jolkona and who we canâ€™t thank enough.
In case you didnâ€™t know, National Volunteer Week has been around since 1974 and is all about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communitiesâ€”and what better way than by volunteering, right? Â This week is about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.
National Volunteer Week is also about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social changeâ€”discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.
We feature volunteers on a monthly basis at Jolkona as well as at the end of the year, not only to recognize them for their efforts and contribution to Jolkona and society, but also to help inspire others to volunteer as well. I truly believe that often times by volunteering the volunteers get more out of it then theyâ€™d imagine. Â So many friendships have been formed through our volunteers and I think volunteering with anything you feel passionate about adds more purpose and substance to your life.
We started our volunteer program out of necessity because of our limited budget to hire people. Â And what we found was that there are so many people who want to volunteer more than just their time, but they really want to offer their skills to make a difference. Â So at Jolkona our volunteer program is all skilled-based and lines up with peopleâ€™s skills and interests. Â I hope to continue to see Jolkona work with such passionate volunteers and that volunteerism grows more and more every day.
What sort of volunteer work do you enjoy? Â If you volunteer with Jolkona, what do you enjoy the most about it?
Check out some of our past featured volunteer posts for more reasons why you should get involved in volunteering in your community.
Happy National Volunteer Week everyone! Â And a special THANK YOU to all the Jolkona volunteers – past and present – that have supported us over the years. Â We truly would not be here today without your support!