Gift of Time
What is a volunteer? What is the value of volunteering? Volunteering is about giving, contributing and helping other individuals and the community. Volunteering means working with others to make a meaningful contribution to a better community.
One estimated dollar value of volunteer time is $21.36 per hour. That estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. According to one estimate from the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 63.4 million Americans — nearly 27 percent of the adult population — contribute a collective 8.1 billion hours of volunteer service worth $169 billion a year.
The value of volunteering is much deeper, much more fulfilling and much more important in contributing to a healthy and vibrant community than money can ever measure.
People volunteer for an endless variety of reasons. Many people want to gain experience, acquire new skills, meet new people or expand their network of contacts as a way to get a new job or start a career. Others just want to give back to their community, help a friend or promote a worthwhile activity. They do it because it makes them feel good.
Volunteering is rich and diverse. Volunteering is not just about organizing hundreds of volunteers for large events. These large and small acts, given freely, are what bind communities together. Volunteering is helping, not hiring; giving, not taking; contributing, not counting.
In the end, we cannot and should not put a dollar value on volunteering. How can we put a monetary value on ordinary people doing extraordinary things? The value of volunteerism is priceless! And for that we are grateful
“Not everything that counts can be counted. And not everything that can be counted, counts.”