April 17-23, 2022 is recognized as National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week honors the individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. Volunteers help with fundraising, administrative tasks and operations, and they help spread the word about the mission of the organization

Volunteer work is the cornerstone that joins charitable service and hard work. While an individual generally does not receive compensation for volunteer hours, the rewards of service go far beyond that of monetary payment. In addition to the personal satisfaction and deeper understanding of community gained in helping a person or organization, individuals who volunteer are likely to develop a network of contacts that can be useful when searching for a job.

Employer-sponsored volunteering has become an increasingly popular trend among small and large companies in recent years.  The reason is simple: employee volunteering can be extremely beneficial for all involved.  This includes the people for whom volunteer services are performed (i.e., the community), employees, and employers.  Companies benefit because volunteering can improve their image, create brand recognition, and improve cohesion among employees.  Similarly, employees benefit because volunteering can improve interpersonal skills, reduce isolation, provide fulfillment, and improve community services people use.

Family & Children’s Center is grateful to all of the volunteers that help us do the important work to support individuals, families and children.