Beginning in 1974, National Volunteer Week (occurring April 15-21, 2018) is an annual opportunity to recognize the contributions of volunteers and the impact that their efforts have on communities across the country.  And there is much to celebrate in the Twin Cities, which currently ranks first among the 51 major metropolitans throughout the United States as having the highest share of its residents volunteering (37% — according to the Corporation for National and Community Service).

Over 500 volunteers find purpose in giving back to their communities through Help At Your Door. From giving rides and painting projects to shopping for groceries, Help At Your Door’s volunteers step up every day to help seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and continue living in their homes.

We at Help At Your Door realize the awesome impact that our volunteers have. With their support, we are able to make thousands of meaningful connections each year to ensure that those who have given to us are not forgotten. We are so grateful for their continued support. Simply put – we could not do what we do without their help.

During National Volunteer Week, Help At Your Door will be recognizing the work of our wonderful volunteers with a series of activities including daily prize drawings and treats at the stores and office. We will also be featuring a number of our supporters through social media via the #ivolunteer because campaign, which gives our volunteers a chance to share why they donate their time to Help At Your Door.

Are you interested in making a positive impact in your community? Volunteering at a place like Help At Your Door not only fosters a sense of community – it can also provide direct benefits to the volunteer.

Some of the benefits of volunteering include:

  1. Better health
  2. Development of new skills
  3. Staying connected to your community

Along with helping individuals who need services, donating your time strengthens communities and provides holistic growth for the volunteer. Studies come to the same conclusions: those who volunteer are happier and healthier than those who do not, and volunteering leads to friendlier communities whose members are invested in each other’s lives.

This year for National Volunteer Week, take some time to thank those around you who make a difference in peoples’ lives – and think about ways you can be inspired by their commitment to get involved in an area that is important to you. To learn more about Help At Your Door’s volunteer opportunities, visit: https://helpatyourdoor.org/volunteer/

We at Help At Your Door want to wish a special thank you to all of our volunteers who make our community so special. Your work and commitment to our mission and our clients is so appreciated.