Philabundance Celebrates Volunteer Week
Volunteers have a longstanding and enduring importance in our country, and 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week is a nationwide initiative that strives to recognize and inspire volunteers across the country. Volunteers are at the forefront of enacting social change in their communities, making a tangible difference every day.
Philabundance serves 75,000 people each week through its network of member food pantries, emergency kitchens and shelters across nine counties in the Delaware Valley. This could not be accomplished without the help of our 16,000 volunteers each year. From sorting and packing food in our warehouse for distribution, to direct distribution at our Fresh for All and KidsBites programs, to administrative and skills-based efforts, our volunteers are an underlying force in the fight against hunger.
Pennsylvania recognizes the work and time that volunteers contribute at an equivalent of $20/hour! This staggering number highlights just how essential volunteers are, and the significant impact they have every day. The time and effort that our volunteers commit each day greatly amplifies the work that we do at Philabundance. As an Americorps VISTA dedicating a year of service to Philabundance, I see first-hand the work that our volunteers do each day. The Volunteer Department is working to build capacity and expand our group of dedicated volunteers, as well as amplify the recognition of our current volunteers. It is the collective effort of volunteers everywhere that helps spark change and sustains the drive in the fight against hunger.
A big thank you to our volunteers- we could not do it without you! To get involved and make a lasting change in your community, visit https://www.philabundance.org/take-action/volunteer/.