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Celebrating Volunteer Month

Volunteers play a vital role in communities and causes across the nation and around the world. As noted in the previous article, many are involved extensively in the work of organizations providing services to people who are blind or visually impaired. At these organizations, individuals with sight as well as those with vision loss provide their time, energy, expertise, and commitment in many capacities, including assisting in program activities, providing sighted support for travel, as readers, recording print materials, as well as in serving as Board members and in other leadership roles, to name a few. Global Volunteer Month, from April 1 to 30, 2023, recognizes volunteers who actively support their communities throughout the year. “’Global Volunteer Month is an opportunity for companies and nonprofits to inspire individuals to action, share stories of those doing good, and create a pathway for continued engagement,’” stated Diane Quest, interim president and CEO of Points of Light. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of people believe that volunteering is “more important than ever,” yet most also think they cannot make a significant impact. Points of Light offers free toolkits with ideas about creatively celebrating this commemoration. Read more in the press release entitled “Global Volunteer Month” Celebrates Volunteers Throughout April and Shines a Light on the Importance of Civic Engagement. And contact your local vision agency, community organization, or other cause of choice to learn more about volunteer opportunities you may wish to pursue. Thank you volunteers!