April – National Month of Volunteers – of course, what to celebrate in this section! The 1974 presidential proclamation established National Volunteer Week in the third week of April. Its popularity has expanded and spanned the entire month.

Various studies show that volunteering brings volunteers a sense of happiness and satisfaction. And, of course, it brings the value of a volunteer organization – the ability to focus staff on critical tasks, the effectiveness of using volunteers instead of paying for services, and opening up volunteers to the important work that a nonprofit does. If you were wondering about the actual “value” of volunteer time, the national nonprofit independent sector (independent

sector.org) posted an hourly cost of volunteer time of $ 28.54.

Financial literacy

April is also National Financial Literacy Month. Based on the idea of ​​promoting financial literacy education in schools, the focus on empowerment includes organizations working with adult learners. One virtual opportunity that everyone can take advantage of is Money Smart Week (now until April 16) with a free webinar on budget, loans, home ownership and retirement benefits. For more information or to register, visit moneysmartweek.org.

If you are interested in an exciting volunteer opportunity related to children and financial literacy, Junior Achievement is a great option. The organization’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people for success, and it offers a variety of programs that connect children from elementary to high school with knowledge of personal finance topics, careers, and familiarity with business and economics.

As a Junior Achievement volunteer, you will not only conduct specific lessons, but also share your real life experiences and serve as role models. To learn about the specific opportunities of volunteers in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, visit lanc.news/JAVolunteer. For a description of each Junior Achievement program, visit lanc.news/JAOpportunity.

Whether you are a volunteer at a one-time event or take time as a regular committee or board member, your contribution is invaluable.

According to Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get. We make life what we give. ”

To find other opportunities, visit uwlanc.org/volunteer. Volunteer coordinators, please send current and future needs volunteer@uwlanc.org.

Barbara Cercher is the director of management for the United Way of Lancaster County.

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