According to a study done by the Corporation for National & Community Service, one out of every four Americans volunteers. Nonprofits have faced extreme transition and cutbacks during the pandemic while still providing their mission to the people that need it most.
At Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, we rely on thousands of volunteers each year to assist us in keeping families close to their critically ill or injured child receiving lifesaving treatment at a nearby health care facility. At our House, volunteers give of their time, talent and treasure each and every day. One amazing volunteer story we encountered last year was an 18-year-old exchange student from Turkey named Kubra. Kubra was blind and came to us looking to volunteer after being turned down by other organizations. We welcomed her with open arms and were awed by her hard work and persistence. She assisted us with completing important tasks and greeted each of our families at the door with a warm welcome and enormous smile.
There is always a lesson and story learned from every volunteer that comes through our doors. As we approach National Volunteer Appreciation Week from April 18-24, let’s all make sure to thank the wonderful individuals in our community who take time out of their busy lives and selflessly give to people in need.