National Volunteer Week (which was April 12-18) was established in 1974 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. But our country and the state of Idaho have a history of volunteerism that dates back far beyond 1974.
In fact, our state has a handful of volunteer-driven nonprofit organizations that have been around for more than 100 years. Several more have reached the 50- or 75-year mark.
These organizations would not exist if not for the tireless dedication of volunteers. The hours they spend sheltering, feeding, strengthening, repairing and mentoring cannot be counted. The impact made on individuals, organizations and communities that they serve is immeasurable.
At Girl Scouts of Silver Sage, there are more than 2,000 volunteers serving nearly 4,000 girls throughout Southern Idaho. Each volunteer spends an average of 200 hours per year guiding girls through the Girl Scout K-12 program. Research shows that the program and the volunteers who deliver it help girls reach their full potential in school, in their personal lives and in their careers. These girls go on to strengthen the communities in which they live by employing leadership skills and community-mindedness learned through Girl Scouting.
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Thank you, Girl Scout volunteers and all others in Idaho.
Maureen O’Toole, Boise