April is National Volunteer Month and We Are Celebrating Service!
April is National Volunteer Month and each April, Senior Connections is afforded the opportunity to formally recognize the impact volunteers make within our agency and within our community. We understand how important volunteers are to helping tackle society’s greatest challenges, building stronger communities and transforming the world with selfless care and concern for their fellow community members. Each year we celebrate the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in the lives of older adults in our community. Today, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, the expression of civic life has evolved. Whether online, at the office, or the local food bank; whether with a vote, a voice, or a wallet – doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all.
In addition, May 2020 is Older American’s Month. This year’s theme, Make Your Mark, was selected to encourage and celebrate the countless contributions older adults make in our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. Communities, organizations, and individuals of all ages are also making their marks. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.
April and May are important months for Senior Connections as we get excited about recognizing and celebrating volunteers and older adults who continue to contribute so much to our communities. National Volunteer Month is important because it forces us to pause and reflect on the many ways volunteers help us with our mission of empowering seniors to live with dignity and choice. We cannot do the work we do without volunteer support and we are grateful for each and every volunteer who supports us or one of our community partners. Older American’s Month is our time to acknowledge the contributions of older adults, past and current, to our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities.
We take both of these celebrations very serious! So, for April, we want to thank all of those who volunteer your time and help. This year alone, 205 volunteers have donated over 12,400 hours of service to Senior Connections. We appreciate how you make serving the needs of others a priority. And we especially thank you for choosing to serve through Senior Connections. We are very grateful to have you on our team!