It’s National Volunteer Week!

Shenise Johnson-Thomas“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

During this year’s National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), United Way of Greater Cleveland celebrates those who selflessly give of their time and talent. Volunteerism is core to our mission of improving opportunity, security and safety services, and we mobilize hundreds of volunteers each year in a variety of ways. Whether it is through our Young Leaders affinity group or a company’s Day of Action project, our volunteers, also known as our Community Heroes, make a huge difference.

Making a difference in the communities where we live and work is so important. I recall being a young girl and my grandmother telling me how important it was to help our neighbors. She would take fruit baskets and handle errands for elderly seniors who were sick. While I did not realize the magnitude of her good works at the time, I now realize she embodied a life of service. The example she set has stayed with me and I live in that manner today. I also impart to my children a life of service because I believe it is essential. Finally, I ask that you share your story of what United Way Volunteerism means to you. If you have served or currently serve on a committee, have participated in a Day of Action, share your story with us!

As we highlight and illuminate the great work of our volunteers and companies this week, I encourage you to join us by becoming a Community Hero for a United Way cause that means the most to you.

Explore our Volunteer Opportunities

Follow our National Volunteer Week efforts

Thank you in advance for your service.

Shenise Johnson-Thomas
Director of The Engagement Center

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