United Way of King County seeking Volunteers in south end

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United Way of King County is seeking Volunteers in the south end; here’s an announcement:

As our region recovers from years of economic downturn, it’s taken many local nonprofits longer to bounce back – even as they’re challenged to help more people weather the tough times. They’re relying more than ever on volunteers because of growing needs and dwindling funding sources.

That means there is no better time to give your time than today. And there is no better place to make a difference in the world than in your own community.

“Volunteering is a gratifying way to put your passion to good purpose.” says Nichola M. Russell, Volunteer Initiatives Manager for United Way of King County. “You can mentor a child, help feed a hungry family, plant trees along a riverbank, lend your technology skills to help a small nonprofit run more efficiently – the opportunities are endless!”

Tom Wood of Kent takes an hour a week out of his busy schedule as a mortgage banker to mentor kids who are struggling in school. Before he signed up to volunteer with Communities in Schools, he wondered how he’d find the time.

“Once you do start getting involved, you just make the time. And it’s very rewarding,” Wood says.

The United Way’s Russell points out these other benefits of volunteering:

  • It’s a great way to build your social and professional networks.
  • You can learn a new skill, build up your résumé, and use the knowledge you gain to advance your career or change fields.
  • Helping others offers a welcome escape from day-to-day job stress.
  • Volunteering is something you can do with your whole family — a chance for your children to experience how meaningful it can be to give back.

“When you volunteer, you make your community a stronger, safer, more vibrant place to live – not just for those you help but for yourself, your family and your neighbors,” Russell says.

To find volunteer opportunities with dozens of organizations in your community, visit United Way of King County’s Volunteer Local website at www.uwkc.org/volunteerlocal.

About the South King Volunteer Network
The United Way of King County and 501 Commons have teamed up to encourage more people to volunteer in South King County so that nonprofits in the area can make a bigger difference in the world. By promoting volunteerism, the South King Volunteer Network aims to strengthen communities by connecting people with opportunities to give back.

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