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YMCA honors community service for National Volunteer Week

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From April 21-27, 2013, the YMCA of Vincennes will recognize National Volunteer Week – a time to honor individuals who dedicate themselves to helping strengthen their communities. As the Y joins the nation in recognizing and celebrating volunteers, it also encourages everyone to find ways to give back and make a difference.

"Volunteering and giving back are critical to helping more individuals and communities be healthy, connected and secure," said Brenda Cummings, CEO, YMCA of Vincennes. "At the Y, volunteers help drive our cause of strengthening community by nurturing the potential of youth, improving the nation's health and well-being and supporting our neighbors. The programs and services we offer to men, women and children of all ages are made possible in large part by volunteers who donate their time and talents."

The Y, one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, offers individuals and families opportunities to volunteer in ways that let them connect and develop meaningful relationships, all while making an impact in communities they care about. Here in Knox County, volunteers at the YMCA Bettye J. McCormick Center cook meals, decorate parade floats and bulletin boards, make and sell delicious candy, and help with recreational activities and Adult Day Services needs. During youth sports, volunteer coaches do more than teach kids how to play a game, they inspire sportsmanship and the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Volunteers secure donations during the Y's Annual Community Support Campaign, to ensure the Y is able to continue to offer adults, children and families financial assistance and a safe place to learn, grow and thrive. Many more opportunities exist for others to help make a difference.

National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved. Here are five ways individuals can take an active role at the Y and in their community:

  1. Join a special committee that matches your skills or interests.
  2. Coach a sports team, teach a class or ask about other ways to get involved with a program of your interest.
  3. Help with fundraising efforts to ensure that essential programs and services are accessible to everyone in need.
  4. Get involved with a mentoring or tutoring program to help motivate and encourage youth to reach their potential.
  5. Inspire others to find ways they too can give back to the community. 

Each year, more than half a million people volunteer their time to the Y. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policy makers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people deserve.  

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the YMCA of Vincennes, contact Sarah Lowe at slowe@vincennesymca.org. 

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