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Letter: LIVE UNITED as we mark National Volunteer Week

To the Editor:

Volunteers are a special breed of people giving of themselves freely for the betterment of others. Contributing time, energy, muscle and compassion, volunteers reach out a hand to one and influence the condition of all.

They don’t do it to make money. They do it to make a difference. 

Yet, often times volunteers receive an unexpected gift in return — a heart-warming connection made with another or a tearful hug of thanks from the recipient for their kindness. 

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week.

Do you volunteer? We want to thank you! Have you helped in your child’s classroom, packed backpacks of food for hungry children, built a new home for a family, advocated for a cause you are passionate about, served on a board of directors or raised funds for a local nonprofit? You are a treasured resource in our community.

Nonprofits cannot thrive without the help of volunteers. Collectively, we are able to continue our work of creating opportunities for a good life for all. 

From United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties, thank you for advancing the common good in our community. This is what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Stay tuned! Soon we will roll out our new GET CONNECTED online volunteer organizing hub. This is a one-stop shop for volunteers to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities and current philanthropic events throughout our entire service area. Any group, whether a nonprofit, school, church, civic organization, club, public or private organization is able to register as a user and post their volunteer needs and ultimately get connected to talented local individuals and groups wanting to help. 

We are excited to help connect volunteers to service opportunities that feed their soul while helping local partners satisfy organizational needs. 

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” — Nelson Henderson

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” — Kahlil Gibran

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

Laura Prink is the community impact manager at United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties.