TOPEKA – Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten and the City of Topeka proclaim the week of April 10th “Volunteer Appreciation Week” in honor of the community’s outstanding volunteers (view the entire release here with a link to the proclamation).
The local proclamation was signed Tuesday, and issued in support of this upcoming National Volunteer Week. The purpose of National Volunteer Week is to encourage individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change. Since its inception in 1947, the week has drawn the support and endorsement of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other respected elected officials.
According to www.nationalvolunteerrecoursces.org, “National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.”
“United Way actively connects people of all ages and skill levels with organizations in need of services throughout Shawnee and Jefferson Counties,” said Tom Baumgartner, volunteer engagement director for United Way. “This community is generous in giving its time and talents.”
Recently, the local community’s commitment to volunteerism was recognized nationally. In 2010, Topeka ranked fourth in mid-sized cities in America with an average of 62.4 hours per resident (www.volunteeringinamerica.gov).
Local organizations and non-profit groups are distinguishing their volunteers in a variety of ways throughout the week – from delivering handwritten thank you notes and homemade cookies to hosting special gatherings.