April marks National Volunteer Month. And while all WCC volunteer programs and events have been suspended due to COVID-19 to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our dedicated supporters and our team members, we still want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have dedicated your time, talents and treasures to our organization.
We have so many volunteers who make such a significant investment in our organization each year. These numbers are nothing short of amazing! We are truly humbled and honored by all of you. Here’s a snapshot of the impact volunteers had on WCC and its programs in 2019.
● Total Volunteer Hours: 61,449
● Total Unique Volunteers: 1,022
● Total Veteran Volunteer Hours: 981
● Total Military Family Volunteer Hours: 4172
● Cost savings to WCC: $1,562,648.00
As Sarah Olson, WCC volunteer coordinator will tell you, whenever WCC makes an ask, many volunteers jump at the call.
“If we ever have an immediate need, whether it’s to fill a volunteer shift or it’s to transport puppies and dogs, last-minute calls to make bland diet, we always have such a tremendous response, it’s overwhelming,” said Olson. “People are ready to jump in for anything we need them to do — from the small stuff to the big stuff. It’s incredibly humbling to know we have that many supporters who are willing to do whatever it takes to help dedicate time to our mission.”
A prime example was WCC’s Community Clean-up Day, which took place at the end of February. The event was pulled together quickly following a tornado that touched down earlier in the month and caused significant damage to several structures at WCC’s Healing Quarters. Registration for volunteers went live online and, within hours, dozens of volunteers had registered to help. More than 100 volunteers spent 545 hours that single afternoon helping to clean-up, repair and transforms WCC’s grounds.
We know our volunteers could chose to support any organization, and we sincerely appreciate that you continue to choose WCC. Your unwavering support and dedication to our mission are helping to make a difference in the lives of our nation’s heroes, thank you.
Why are our volunteers so engaged? Each volunteer has their own reason.