This Wednesday is unique as we close out national volunteer month. Why does an educational blog that focuses mostly on students with exceptionalities spend so much time covering volunteers?
Yes, writing the check is amazing. But here at Beyond Tutoring we love volunteering. And volunteering is so important. Here are just some reasons it is so important to volunteer:
- Volunteers deliver critical services–from serving as volunteer fire fighters or participating in search and rescue, to delivering meals to homebound seniors or homeless youth, to manning the phone lines at domestic violence and sexual assault centers.
- Volunteers help to keep our neighborhoods, streets, parks, rivers, green spaces, and water clean and safe for everyone.
- Volunteers tutor, teach, mentor, coach, and support young people with everything from math homework to dealing with personal crises to football and soccer tourneys.
- Volunteers walk dogs, pet cats, clean cages, help with adoptions and feedings, and contribute veterinary expertise to organizations like animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centers.
- Volunteers educate the public on health and safety; doctors and nurses donate time and medical knowledge to free clinics and natural/civil disaster areas worldwide.
- Volunteers take tickets at film centers and performing arts events, lead tours at museums and historical societies, and ensure that arts and cultural festivals–from small-scale gatherings to massive multi-stage concerts–run smoothly.
- Volunteers build houses and schools, dig wells, and repair infrastructure around the globe. (Source)
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 61.8 million individuals in the United States contributed 8 billion hours of volunteerism in 2008 alone.
The economic value of all this volunteering? $162 billion U.S. dollars. (Source)
Recent studies conducted indicate that the group most likely to volunteer by leaps and bounds is… educated women.
So why are we honoring the female volunteer? Really we are honoring all volunteers because service to others is so beneficial to educational and social outcomes. Today we honor our readers and our clients for all the work that they do in the community and we remind people of our commitment to donate an hour of resources and time for the community for every hour billed. We don’t just say we believe in volunteerism, we do!