The Value Of Volunteering
by By Wayne Allen Wallen@ communitycommon.com
According to www.independentsector.org the value of a volunteer hour has risen to $21.36 an hour. This same group valued a volunteer hour in 2009 at $20.85. Several organizations within the community depend heavily on volunteers.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Scioto County recently held their 38th annual volunteer recognition dinner honoring the participants of the program. In 2010 volunteers with the program logged 21,033 hours. There are 44 volunteers above the age of 85 that contributed 25 percent of the total hours. There are 84 volunteers between the ages of 75-84 that contributed 35 percent of the total hours. There were 72 volunteers between the ages of 65-74 that contributed 32 percent of the total hours and there were 16 volunteers between the ages of 55-64 that contributed 8 percent of the total hours.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, 18,821 volunteer hours were logged by students at Shawnee State University (SSU).
In their annual report for fiscal year 2011 the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross that over 300 volunteers made the work of the chapter possible for a contribution of an estimated $18,500.
An estimated 192 volunteers at Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) logged 34,692 hours from June 2010 through May 2011. SOMC employees logged 9,062 hours from July 2010 to May 2011.
Using simple math if you added RSVP, SOMC and SSU numbers using the $21.36 an hour, the volunteers of these organizations contributed $1,785,866.88 in free services.
There are numerous organizations that heavily depend on volunteers for them to function.
For more information about volunteering within the community, contact your favorite group or organization to find ways to help.
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