Volunteering is good for the soul.
Volunteers are core to what United Way of Weld County is all about. United Way’s mission to improve lives and strengthen communities is fueled by the passion and hard work of our volunteers. People are giving their time and talents to create lasting solutions that improve life for everyone. Don’t you feel better when you help someone? According to www.helpguide.org, volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated and provide a sense of purpose.
We at United Way of Weld County treasure our volunteers. Last year alone, we had 1,080 total volunteers, including 398 ongoing volunteers who assisted on our committees and internal programs. Others volunteered at various United Way of Weld County one-time events, including 274 at Weld Project Connect, 225 at Day of Action, 104 at the Point-in-Time Homeless Count, as well as multiple events throughout the year. The total value of volunteer time was $225,541.02 ($25.96 per hour). Volunteering is not about how many people you can help, either. Mother Teresa said it best. “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”
We have many opportunities to help that one person nearest you at United Way of Weld County. From the new Weld’s Way Home homelessness initiative, sorting out books at our annual book drive that will be distributed to children across the county, or helping new parents with their newborns in the Promises for Children’s Bright by Three program, those and many more opportunities are available.
- On June 16-17, you can volunteer for our annual Day of Action, a two-day, county-wide volunteer event held from 9 a.m.-noon. We partner with organizations throughout Weld County to host projects and encourage volunteer engagement in helping with those projects.
- Another huge opportunity to volunteer is Weld Project Connect from noon-4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Island Grove Events Center in Greeley. You can volunteer to be a navigator and help deliver free health and human services to Weld County residents.
- The Cold Weather Shelter in Greeley this winter provided shelter for 369 people, and it would not have worked if the tremendous number of volunteers from throughout Weld County who made and served meals didn’t volunteer their time.
Volunteering is a critical component to the success of United Way of Weld County. Meaningful community solutions require more than money or programs or policies. The kind of real and lasting change that benefits everyone is only possible when people from all walks of life are willing to roll up their sleeves and go where their time and talent is most needed.
A quote from author Sherry Anderson sums up the importance and value of volunteers to United Way of Weld County, as well as other nonprofits in Weld County. “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” Get involved. Volunteer. Become priceless.
Christi Smith is the vice president of resource development at United Way of Weld County. If you want to volunteer at UWWC or need more information, contact Christi Smith or call her at (970) 353-4300.