From the volunteer’s perspective, Jay says:
Nonprofit organizations have held a warm spot in my heart for many years, dating back to my days in New York. When I arrived on the scene in Arlington and joined the Chamber, one of the first things I did was to get involved with the Community Action Committee (CAC). In the four years since I started attending CAC meetings, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting lots of wonderful, giving, caring people who are totally devoted to the causes of the organizations that they work for.
Having had a lot of experience working with the people in comparatively smaller nonprofits, I’ve seen a common thread that runs through them all, which is the need for volunteers. Oh, yes, there’s the need formoney too (duh!) but let’s stick with the volunteer thing. The Arlington Chamber has upwards of ninety nonprofit members, and within these organizations you’ll probably find more tasks needing to be done than there are staff people, which brings us to Volunteer Arlington Day.
Since being a part of the Chamber and the CAC, I’ve participated in Volunteer Arlington Day every year. From picking up garbage on Columbia Pike for Arlingtonians For a Clean Environment, sorting out doggie “adopt me” kits for Homeward Trails, to putting stickers on kid’s books and boxing them up for The Reading Connection, I’ve been able to do my part to help these organizations accomplish their nonprofit missions. And at the same time I’ve had fun and met a lot more nice people; what a bonus!
Volunteer Arlington Day is Tuesday April 21st. It’s just a few hours of your time, but it’s time that will be greatly appreciated by the organization you’ll be matched with. So please consider volunteering this year. You’ll be glad you did!
From the nonprofit’s perspective, Stephanie says:
Arlington is home to a vast number of nonprofits, providing every type of service you can imagine. There are organizations that serve the county’s hungry and homeless. There are those who provide affordable housing and healthcare to those who need it. Even others provide art, enrichment and companionship. Many of these nonprofits have small staffs, but huge ambitions for helping the community.
Volunteer Arlington Day is your opportunity to spend an afternoon helping one of these nonprofits fulfill their mission. You’ll dedicate a few short hours, but the impact can be immeasurable. Having a group of willing volunteers to conquer a long lingering project is such a treat to a nonprofit organization. It may not be the most glorious work, but that’s why we need you to help. So, roll up your sleeves, grab a friend or your work team and sign up today. Who knows, you may get to know an organization you’re inspired by, revive a love of mulching or meet a new friend in the process. Your community thanks you for your time and effort!