Celebrating National Volunteer Week

CaptureThank you volunteers! I recently asked our learners to give me some feedback. The responses were all positive, and repeated many of the same notes of gratitude:

“My tutor helps me to stay motivated, even when I feel ready to give up.”

“I want to always say thank you for helping me.”

“My tutor is very good. I understand English much better now.”

National Volunteer Week is from April 6-12, 2014, and gives us a special opportunity to recognize our many amazing volunteers. Over 60 individuals have given their time to tutoring, family literacy programming, community outreach, by serving on the Board of Directors, and assisting in many other tasks and supporting roles since April 2013.

According to Points of Light, 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, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.”

Looking back over the last year, I see how Literacy Volunteers of Southwest Minnesota has grown, and continues to do so, thanks to the wonderful work of our volunteers. I also see how organizations and people working in partnership and cooperation continues to move our community in a positive direction.

For daily recognition posts, please check out our FaceBook page and make sure to sign up for our newsletter. Also check out Minnesota Literacy Council’s essay contest to share your story about volunteering.

Again, a heartfelt THANK YOU to our volunteers for supporting literacy in Southwest Minnesota!

– Charlotte Harris-Hoffstrom, Community Outreach Coordinator

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