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Volunteerism catching on in our area
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Dear Editor,
This last year for Volunteers In Action has been a whirlwind. It is no wonder, Kansas is moving up the ladder for volunteerism. As of 2012 they went from seventh place to fourth place and I am sure when we look back at the numbers for 2013, it will be even higher.
Our new initiative to combine the entire age range of community members into a volunteer center has increased the awareness of what volunteerism is, what it can do for you and what you can do for your community. We saw an increase of over 300 new volunteers to our program with over 2,000 hours served. Many of these new recruits were area high school students.
A special thanks to Missy Esfeld at the Central Kansas Library Systems for helping us with our last, but largest project. She helped is ordering all of the books for our Martin Luther King Jr. project.
Through this project, we distributed $1,500 in books throughout the Barton County and Larned elementary school libraries. This quick-turn-around project might not have been accomplished without Missy’s help to wade through all the orders and the ordering system. I know the students will really enjoy all of the books.
Linn Hogg
Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteers In Action
Great Bend