Archive Post from April 11, 2018
National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, 2018
National Volunteer Week, brought to you by Points of Light, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.
During National Volunteer Week, Trips for Kids Marin celebrates the impact of volunteer service and the power of changemakers to come together to tackle tough challenges and build stronger, more vibrant communities.
In 2017 we had 150+ volunteers log over 1,200 hours!
They helped us lead trail rides, paint our offices, sort and organize donated clothes, offer hands-on support to our Earn-a-Bike participants, hand address 1,500 envelopes for our year-end appeals and reach out to the community to help spread the word about what Trips for Kids Marin is all about. Wow! The Independent Sector puts the average value of volunteer time at $24.14 per hour - last year our volunteers helped fill the role of a full-time staff person. We appreciate every volunteer that walks through our doors and takes the time, energy and passion to help us fulfill our mission. Below we highlight two volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help out our team.
Jim joined us in October of last year. He recently retired and wanted to give back in a meaningful way. Jim has years of experience fixing his own bikes and wanted to help out at the Re-Cyclery. Since day 1, he set a regular schedule and has been coming in for 10 hours a week every week for the past 6 months. He is an amazing addition to the staff and he always has a smile! “Jim is joyful and fun to work with,” said Brian Lee, Re-Cyclery Shop Manager, “his work is flawless and his support helps us get more bikes on the racks to sell.” Thank you, Jim, for your dedication and support!
Dean is a recent addition to the volunteer team here. He is a skilled local contractor who dedicates his spare time to helping local agencies with remodeling project and he offered to help us transform our old Victorian office space into a modern kitchen and workroom. Dean and his team have volunteered over 75 hours to revive our space and create a room for donations, volunteer meetings, and staff luncheons. “There aren’t enough words of gratitude to express how much we appreciate all of Dean’s expertise!” said Kim Baenisch, Executive Director.