April 16, 2012
-- National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It is a time dedicated to demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our community’s challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2012, is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.
Sponsored by Points of Light Institute, National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each subsequent year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. With the third year anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the creation of the Volunteer Generation Fund and the resonant call to serve from leaders all over the country, this year will be even more energizing and inspiring.
Ron Grady, a volunteer with Make-A-Wish®
recalls how volunteering with the organization has impacted his life. “Visiting with these families and their children, is truly inspiring. I have seen what I would have thought was adversity, be presented as opportunity and I have learned to refocus my efforts in everyday life to accept that challenges are what we make of them. These families have such a great caring and loving way of going about their daily lives, and it has motivated me to be both more patient and appreciative of the many special moments throughout the day.”
Deirdre Trevett, Volunteer Manager for the Georgia and Alabama Chapter of Make-A-Wish®
adds, “Becoming a wish granting volunteer with Make-A-Wish®
is truly a unique and rewarding volunteer opportunity. We work closely with our volunteers to make sure every wish is a magical experience for each child and their family.” To learn more about volunteering with Make-A-Wish®
throughout Georgia and Alabama, contact Deirdre Trevett at dtrevett@ga-
al.wish.org or 770.916.9474 x14.
grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the world every 23 minutes and has granted over 280,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. The Georgia and Alabama Chapter of Make-A-Wish has granted over 5,000 wishes locally and has over 800 children waiting for their most heartfelt wishes to come true. To learn more, visit us at www.ga-al.wish.org and connect with us on Twitter @MakeAWishGA or @MakeAWishAL and Facebook www.facebook.com/
For more information regarding National Volunteer Week activities, please visit: www.ga-al.wish.org or www.PointsofLight.org