Thank you for recognizing the significant contributions volunteers make with the front page article, “Volunteers brighten holidays … for seniors” on Christmas Day. For decades I have worked with volunteers and commend each person who steps up to lend a hand in our community. If volunteerism ceased for just one day, people would be shocked by the significant roles they play.
Volunteering is a way to stay connected to our community while effecting social change; from helping a refugee with interview skills or providing companionship to a homebound senior, to helping veterans, entering data or creating websites. Volunteer positions are available for any skill-set or time commitment; some even provide compensation.
Your article alluded to difficulties locating volunteer opportunities — I hope this letter helps readers locate fulfilling ways to plug in. Community Education offers a class “50+ Volunteering Kick-Start” to help navigate options. Websites like Volunteermatch.com and unitedwaytv.org/take-action/volunteer/ sort volunteer opportunities based on interest. Nonprofit volunteer positions through Jannus are posted at jannus.org/volunteer-opportunities.
In this new year, community engagement is critical. Volunteerism provides an avenue to feel connected to our community and feed what we value. Make 2017 the year of action.
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Melissa Radloff, Legacy Corps, a program of Jannus, Boise