Volunteers have extraordinary hearts

Dear Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity during National Volunteer Week – April 12 – 18, 2015 to thank the wonderful volunteers who generously give of their time and energy to help others.
This year’s National theme is the Ripple Effect. “Volunteers are part of the ripple effect. A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake – its effect has direct impact, and like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities.”
is is evident every day, in so many ways in our community and especially in the programs that I am directly involved with. We have a group of very dedicated volunteers who are the reason our programs are successful and I am extremely grateful to each of them.
These volunteers are ordinary people with extraordinary hearts. They offer the gift of their time to teach, to help, to inspire, to care. They expect no pay, yet the value of their work knows no limits.
Thank you – Volunteer Medical Transportation Drivers, Volunteer Computer Tutors, Helping Hands Shoppers, Helping Hands Snow Removal Volunteers and Helping Hands Yard Maintenance Volunteers. Also a huge thank you to those who donate baked goods to the Coffee Drop-In Program and to the members of the Seniors Association who sit on our Steering Committee.
The impact of their volunteering goes well beyond the hours given, the values shared or the skills contributed … they are the ripple effect that improves the lives of so many and therefore improves our community.
Jean Pedersen
Coordinator of Volunteers
Revelstoke Senior Citizens Association