“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.”
April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month. It also encompasses National Volunteer Week, April 12 – 18, 2015. President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, and every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week, urging Americans to give their time to community outreach organizations.
I have always felt volunteering was important. My mother worked full time, raised 5 children between the ages of 1 and 9 by herself when my father passed away and still found time to volunteer with a number of meaningful organizations. When she passed away two years ago the most important thing to me was seeing so many people from those organizations at her memorial. She made a difference! My brothers, sister and I still try to emulate her values and volunteer as much as we can.
The reason I bring this up is two-fold. First, we have many volunteers here at Country Meadows who we are very grateful for. Our Life Enrichment Directors, Linda and Holly have been challenged with recruiting more volunteers for a variety of activities. Please let family and friends know about this opportunity.
I also want to say thank you to our residents who are participating in the SMART Reading Volunteer Program at Washington Elementary School in Woodburn. Our residents are making a difference in children’s lives in our community.
Happy April to All of You!
Executive Director at Country Meadows Village