BY DANA BRYANT, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, VOLUNTEER WV
Hold on to your hats West Virginia – we’re on to something!
Why is it that only 22% of West Virginians label themselves as “volunteers” but 74% participate in informal volunteering –such as babysitting for a friend or checking on an elderly neighbor?*
In West Virginia, where fancy titles are optional – what if volunteering was as simple as Being Kind?
In March, Volunteer West Virginia is going to make this happen by kicking-off a Year of Kindness in West Virginia.
The goal is simple – to increase volunteerism and kindness across the state. The statewide initiative will feature radio ads, billboards, & other forms of advertising directing West Virginians to volunteer projects listed on the Volunteer West Virginia website.
At a time when kindness is needed, this bright and cheerful campaign will inspire kindness throughout West Virginia.
Join in by listing your volunteer gig on the Volunteer West Virginia website.
Quick and easy – listing your project will take less than three minutes. This is a great opportunity for local volunteer programs to soak up free advertising!
What You Can Do
- If you have a minute: Spread a small act of kindness: Smile at a stranger, let a fellow driver merge into your lane, ask someone how they are doing – and really listen.
- If you have an hour: Visit volunteerwv.org to find a volunteer gig in your community.
- If you have a year: Pay-it-forward as an AmeriCorps member in West Virginia.
*Volunteering and Civic Life in America Report: https://www.nationalservice.gov/vcla/state/West-Virginia