BY KATELYN CAMPBELL, APC VISTA, THE HUB
Did you know? One hour of work donated by a volunteer is worth $24.
Volunteers provide necessary support to community groups and organizations around West Virginia — and a couple of hours per person every year really adds up!
That’s why Volunteer WV is making it easier than ever to match volunteers with service opportunities around the state during their Year of Kindness.
The state agency recently launched a new website and campaign called Be Kind WV, which aggregates user-submitted volunteer opportunities in one place to help potential volunteers find the right fit.
Whether you’re looking to organize a service day during your high school reunion or hoping to build a long term volunteer relationship with a group in West Virginia, this website has something for you.
I got my start as a volunteer when I was in elementary school. My dad was a member of our local watershed association, and he would take me along on creek cleanups near Wills Creek in Kanawha County a couple of weekends a year. I’ll never forget the pride I felt whenever we drove out our litter-free road in the weeks following these days of service — or the special feeling I got from getting to spend extra time with my dad and the other adult volunteers on the clean-up team.
The satisfaction I got from volunteering when I was very young led me on to other volunteer opportunities as I got older, eventually helping me land in my current position as a full-time Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA).How will you give back during this Year of Kindness? Check out all of the options on Be Kind WV and sign up to make a difference in your community.