April is National Volunteer Month

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” This quote, attributed to Elizabeth Andrew, is one of my favorites about volunteerism. MNRAAA’s ability to fulfill our vision and mission relies on not only our staff, but also our volunteers.

In the post-pandemic world, volunteering looks different. Over the past year, MNRAAA has prioritized growing our volunteer network and partnered with Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA) to assist in growing this network. MAVA works on advancing communities through excellence in the leadership of volunteers and identifying best practices around organizational volunteerism. One of the programs that they offer is the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI), a program sponsored by Points of Light. This holistic change management approach helps organizations position volunteers as a strategic resource to build capacity, increase volunteer investment return and better achieve their social mission.

Through this process, MNRAAA has identified ways to engage volunteers, such as serving on the Board of Directors or a committee. A volunteer could assist staff in presentations on topics for older adults and caregivers, or they could assist in spreading the good word about the services MNRAAA offers.

There are opportunities for volunteering. If you are unable to volunteer with an organization, we encourage you to do things to help your neighbors, friends, and family. You could pick up mail, offer to walk a pet if someone does not feel well, check in with people via telephone or prepare or deliver meals for others. This month of April, we show our appreciation to everyone who volunteers their time and gifts.

All you volunteers, thank you!

If you have a penchant for volunteering or want to give back to your community, go to mnraaa.org and click on volunteer opportunities. Staff will be happy to assist you with any questions.

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