National Volunteer Week: Celebrating Volunteer Impact April 15-21!

I believe in the power of volunteerism.

I’ve been volunteering since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I’ve prepared meals for the homebound, built homes for families, implemented community recycling programs and complete erosion control projects–-no task too big or small. To me, that is the power of volunteerism. Often times strangers come together to make light of large and, equally important, small projects through volunteer opportunities.

The outcome of volunteer efforts inspires me to keep allocating my time to remove pounds of fishing line from river banks as well as empower and support others to donate their time and energy to conserve, protect and restore watersheds of varying scales at the Leadership Development Manager. Volunteerism on every level is powerful.

This week, April 15th through the 21st, is National Volunteer Week. An opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteers and their efforts. Each year TU members donate their time and talents to conserve, restore and protect watersheds through planting trees, connecting kids to conservation, leading chapters and councils and much more. While I like to think I adequately offer appreciation to volunteers throughout the year, I am reminded every National Volunteer Week of the importance of pausing to share appreciation for the amazing feats volunteers achieve through our organization.

Whether you are a volunteer leader guiding your board to bring the TU mission to life in your community, the TU member meeting with your elected officials to bring forth protective policies or the TU member sparking the flame of environmental stewardship in a child, your efforts are important. Your efforts are appreciated. This week the TU Volunteer Operations staff want to share our appreciation for the 730,000+ hours of time you volunteer to conserve, protect and restore our coldwater fisheries.

Tune into our social media channels to hear our stories of thanks for #TUvolunteer efforts!