National Volunteer Week: A Great Time to Get Involved and Give Back


USA Today just published a good article about National Volunteer Week, which is being observed April 10-16. Established by President Nixon in 1974, volunteer week honors people who give their time and talent to help others and make a difference within their community.

According to the article, 63 million Americans volunteered last year alone by mentoring teens, feeding the homeless, delivering meals to seniors, cleaning up the environment and so much more.

Interested in giving your time to help out in our community? We have a great opportunity coming up this weekend.  

United Way’s Step Right Up Volunteer Carnival is on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  It includes games, prizes and food and chances to learn more about volunteering at local agencies, all of which are doing more with less in these difficult times.

You’ll even be able to complete four volunteer projects that day, each of which supports United Way’s four focus areas: Alleviating Hunger and Homelessness; Building Safe Communities; Developing Healthy Children and Families; and Improving Financial Stability.

Not able to attend, but still want to help? Click here to visit the United Way Volunteer Resource Center’s website and search for meaningful opportunities that suit your passions and interests.   

And please share this blog with co-workers, friends and family and discuss ways you can roll up your sleeves and volunteer, either individually or as a group. I guarantee you’ll have lots of fun – and enjoy the heartwarming satisfaction of serving those who truly need our help.

Together, let’s LIVE UNITED and help make Central Florida an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

Wilmaida Ortiz-Aviles
UCF Intern
United Way Marketing & Communications

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