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Utahns Encouraged to Participate in National Volunteer Recognition Week – April 8, 2014

For Immediate Release April 8, 2014

Utahns Encouraged to Participate in National Volunteer Recognition Week

Salt Lake City – Utah will join in National Volunteer Week, a nationwide effort to honor and celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the country. Observed between April 6-12 this year, it highlights the enormous contributions that volunteers make every day.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the President and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

“National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities,” UServeUtah Executive Director LaDawn Stoddard said. “We can never say ‘thank you’ enough to the amazing individuals who give selflessly of their time to make a difference in our state.”

Utahns continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to improving local communities in a variety of ways through volunteerism, ranking Utah #1 in the nation for volunteering eight years running by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The most recent data shows more than 970,000 volunteers served approximately 165 million total hours, which is the equivalent of over 79,000 full-time employees.

The total estimated economic value of volunteer service in Utah was about $3 billion based on the Independent Sector’s annual estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, which is $22.14.

UServeUtah encourages everyone to find a way to say “thank you” to the volunteers that are making a difference in Utah communities every day.

For more information and ideas on ways to participate in National Volunteer Week visit the UServeUtah website at www.userve.utah.gov.
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