Guest blog by Meg Blyler
Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps member
Happy National Volunteer Recognition Week! Today through April 24 we celebrate amazing volunteers, not just at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, but across the country. Each year, nonprofit organizations and communities recognize volunteers and celebrate service. This annual celebration was started in 1974 by the Points of Light.
At Twin Cities Habitat, we know that volunteers are critical to our mission of eliminating poverty housing in the Twin Cities, and making decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. We are extremely grateful for the 16,000 plus volunteers who help us with everything from answering phones and greeting guests at our headquarter to picking up donations for the Twin Cities Habitat ReStore, and the many volunteers who roll up their sleeves to build Habitat homes.
A message to you from Chris Coleman, CEO & President of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity:
This year, as Twin Cities Habitat takes precautions to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we can’t recognize volunteers in person. Even with volunteer activities cancelled, though, we’re reminded of how essential volunteers are to the work that we do. As COVID-19 continues to impact the Twin Cities community and we look ahead to how Twin Cities Habitat can aid in the recovery from this pandemic, we know that we’ll need volunteers more than ever to help us support Minnesotans.
We’re looking forward to seeing all Habitat volunteers in the future, but for now, we’re taking this week to celebrate all that volunteers do. Each day, there will be a theme around volunteerism and service at Twin Cities Habitat. Check out our National Volunteer Recognition Week page to learn about each day’s theme and enter to win some great prizes.
Finally, the most important part of Volunteer Recognition Week is to take a moment to express our gratitude and appreciation for everything volunteers do for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Thank you for all of your time and hard work – we’re not exaggerating when we say we could not do what we do without you.