One can’t open a copy of the Wall Street Journal or turn on CNN without reading/hearing distressing news about the country’s economic struggles. Like many business big and small, charities are undoubtedly feeling the effects of this downward spiral: doors are closing, budgets are diminishing and donations are dwindling.
But a recent study shows that there IS a silver lining on the black, ominous cloud that has been hovering over the nonprofit world.
The Corporation for National & Community Service profiles, ranks, and researches information on volunteering and civic engagement for every state (and most cities) within the United States. Their annual “Volunteering in America” report found that 63.4 million Americans volunteered through a formal organization last year, giving more than 8.1 billion hours of volunteer service worth an estimated $169 billion.
With the estimated value of volunteer time ranging from $21 – $24 per hour (amounts vary by state), it’s no wonder that charities depend on their dedicated volunteers as a crucial part of their organization’s livelihood.
We at Kids Wish Network appreciate and value each and every person that volunteers their time – whether two hours or two days. They may not be making the calls to Disney World but are just as responsible for making dreams come true and we consider each of them an extension of our team.
I also spend some of my free time volunteering for other nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area and encourage everyone to do so if they can; it truly makes a difference in many lives – including your own!