In observation of National Volunteer Week, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation Thursday, April 15, dedicating the week of April 18-24 to the annual observance.
Erin Moeder, volunteers and programs coordinator for the Department of Corrections, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the 11 Johnson County departments/agencies which rely on volunteers to provide a wide range of services/programs, benefitting residents of all ages.
Volunteerism was challenged in 2020 because of COVID-19 with fewer volunteer opportunities, support groups using Zoom, virtual assistance to residents and other ways to meet the needs of the community in a pandemic.
Volunteers, both in the community and within county government, ensured the Catch-a-Ride program remained operational. Home Delivered Meals reached homebound residents. Developmental Supports clients were contacted daily. Library services continued even as facilities were closed. Volunteers also answered calls regarding the coronavirus, vaccine distribution and vaccinations along with sewing and donating face masks.
In 2020, the county worked with 52,325 volunteers who provided 187,134 hours of service to county government. Based on the national standard of a volunteer hour being worth $27.20, the volunteer work is valued at more than $5 million.
“National Volunteer Week is the time to recognize the power of our community and the ways we can all help change the world,” Moeder said. “Because as William Shakespeare explained: ‘The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.’”
If you are interested in volunteering with Johnson County, please visit jocogov.org/volunteer.