The Value of Volunteer Time

The Value of Volunteer Time

April 12-18, 2015, was National Volunteer Week, and there is no better time to acknowledge the enormous contribution that volunteers make to Community Lifeline Center.  Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd said, “We had 7,696 volunteer hours reported” for 2014.  That’s an impressive number, but just what does it mean?

According to Independent Sector, every hour of volunteer effort in Texas equates to $24.66 in value. This is a 5.4% increase from 2013.  The trusty desk calculator reveals that the CLC benefitted from the equivalent of $189,783.  That’s not just impressive; that’s awesome!

“For more than 40 years, National Volunteer Week has recognized the value of volunteers to nonprofits, to the people they serve, to society, and to life on this planet,” said Independent Sector President and CEO Diana Aviv.

“Though we could never truly put a price tag on what volunteers mean to their communities, we are proud to offer this figure to attempt to frame the immense value of the time and effort they give” [independentsector.org].
Over 62 million Americans, or 25.4 percent of the adult population, volunteered in 2013, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Recipients of these efforts were religious organizations (33.9%), educational or youth service (26.2%), and social or community service organizations (14.8%) [independentsector.org].  The Community Lifeline Center is honored to be one of the local social and community service organizations that is boosted by volunteer participation.  The residents of north Collin County who received help from CLC were the true benefactors, and CLC’s offers of help were expanded because of volunteer contributions.

So THANK YOU Volunteers.  If you helped last year in the office, the Lifeline Market, events, teaching classes – whatever you did is greatly appreciated.  And to our current volunteers, we couldn’t do it without you.  Your contributions are beyond description, and you are truly valued.