April is National Volunteer month, dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.
Volunteers matter to Johnson County Government. They provide services/programs to 13 county departments and agencies to benefit residents of all ages. Locally, the county’s 2018 annual report on volunteerism indicated 4,180 volunteers provided 202,258 hours of service. Based on the national standard of a volunteer hour being worth $24.69, the volunteer work has a value of almost $5 million.
Honoring volunteers in April began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order. April became National Volunteer Month as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1,000 Points of Light campaign in 1991.
Anyone who wishes to be a part of the Johnson County Government’s volunteer opportunities should visit the “Residents” section of the county’s website. Check out the 2018 annual report (page 27) for a comprehensive list of county departments that have volunteer opportunities as well.