Each year, millions of people around the world donate their precious time to non-profit organizations like United Way of Greater New Bedford. It’s often said that, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” This stands true for all of the volunteers we interact with throughout the year. Whether they volunteer within our office with day-to-day functions, serve on our Board of Directors, serve on a committee, volunteer at an event, or with our Hunger Commission, we could not do what we do without their continued support.
April 7th – April 13th is National Volunteer Week, a chance for us and others to reflect on the work done by volunteers, show our gratitude for their service, and encourage others to share their time and talents within our community. Volunteers, no matter the time commitment, age, or ability, help to make the impossible, possible and help organizations reach further and have a deeper impact.
If you are not already volunteering with an organization locally and want to make a difference, start by visiting our online database at www. volunteersouthcoast.org. Volunteer SouthCoast has hundreds of opportunities listed for people of all ages, abilities, and time commitments. This is a free resource to find opportunities on the SouthCoast. Why not give an hour, a Saturday, or make a pledge to yourself to volunteer monthly? Find what’s right for you and give the gift of you!
We thank all of our volunteers who have served with us over the past year – they embody what it means to LIVE UNITED, and we look forward to another successful year with their help!
Michelle N. Hantman
President & CEO
United Way of Greater New Bedford