The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes a volunteer as a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volunteer). While most of us know what a volunteer does, sometimes, the full effect of their work is not always understood, especially at SRVS.
April is National Volunteer Month, and we want to recognize our volunteers and celebrate their dedication and assistance to SRVS and the people it supports. During the last fiscal year, SRVS had 1,983 volunteers, doing everything from shredding documents, filing, cleaning, painting, working in the yard, helping in art classes and even building picnic tables for our Sensory Garden. The volunteers during last year worked approximately 2,345 hours saving SRVS $50,100. Although we have several small groups and individuals helping at SRVS, we also partner with United Housing and United Way of the Mid-South to renovate entire homes of the people supported and make these homes wheelchair accessible.
SRVS’ volunteers come to the SRVS Learning Center, SRVS Industries, SRVS Community Living homes, the administrative offices or special events to help with several different tasks throughout the year. The volunteers do a wide range of projects and give their valuable time. At present, many volunteers are helping us move into SRVS’ new headquarters by helping SRVS Curriculum Coordinator Astrid French organize 11 classrooms for SRVS Learning Center.
SRVS thrives with volunteer support. The agency appreciates anyone who has helped the organization along its way.