By City Councilor John Taylor Chapman (File photo)
To the editor:
April 10 through 16 is National Volunteer Week. It is a time to reflect on the civic traditions that make American communities great, and it is one of the best times to recognize and thank volunteers for their incredible efforts and inspiring actions.
I encourage everyone not only to thank a volunteer today, but also to take action themselves and discover the joy and impact that they can create when they give of themselves through volunteerism.
Can you imagine our community without volunteers? Who would deliver hot meals to the elderly and homebound? Who would respond to local disasters like tornados or floods? Who would mentor our youth and tutor at-risk children? Who would run food pantries, donate blood or repair homes? The list goes on and on — volunteers are making a huge difference every day.
As a member of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s advisory board on service and volunteerism, I am proud to announce that last year, more than 2 million Virginians volunteered and served more than 300 million hours, utilizing their talents and skills to improve the commonwealth. Their collective impact can be valued at $8 billion. Thank you to all who serve.
Please take time during this special week to thank a volunteer and encourage others to do the same. These individuals are truly champions in our communities — providing the support and services so many of our families and individuals need.
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering in Virginia, please visit www.vaservice.org or call 800-638-3839.