Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:13

The value of volunteers to a non-profit organization

Written by  Sean Finell
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Volunteers make a tremendous difference all over the world. They are people who are willing to give of their time and/or talents to make things better for someone else or to help an organization to achieve its goals.

It is an extremely generous thing to do.
The beauty of volunteering is it takes on so many different forms. It really doesn’t matter if you have a little time to give or a lot of time, there is always someone somewhere that could use the help.
At the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, we rely on volunteers a great deal. From high-school students looking to meet their ‘volunteer hours’ by helping us prepare mailouts, to those who keep our events running smoothly, they all have a role to play, and all help to bring success to the Foundation.
If you are one of the many who has helped the Foundation over the years, thank you.
Of course, that is not the only way that volunteers help the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. Being one of our board of directors is also a great way to volunteer your time. These volunteers meet six times a year to help determine the direction and the policy of the Foundation.
They volunteer not only to help the Foundation, but to help with the health-care needs of all of the southwest.
To all our volunteer board of directors past and present, including the five directors newly appointed to our board, thanks for your willingness to help.
One other form of volunteering that is more often than not overlooked is sharing your story. We at the Foundation are always looking for positive health-care stories to share with our donors. Stories, where the equipment purchased through funds donated to the Foundation have made a significant difference to the patient. These kinds of stories are what we like to share with donors so they can see the positive changes that they have been part of making happen. If you have a story like this, please consider sharing it as a way of thanking the donors.
It’s difficult really to say what the value of the volunteer is. It is not something that can be measured in time or in money. It all helps us to reach our goals. If we run a successful golf tournament, Muddy Mayhem or Radiothon, its volunteers. Without them, the Foundation’s 18-year history would not likely have been as successful. We would not have been able to meet as many of the equipment needs that health care has had all across the southwest. The many community campaigns that were volunteer-led in communities such as Maple Creek, Shaunavon, Ponteix, Gull Lake, Cabri, Leader, all happened to achieve success, because of the work of volunteers. Thank you, our hats are off to you.
If you would like to know more about how volunteering supports the efforts of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, or how you can help, phone us at 306-778-3314.
Sean Finell is the Special Events/Public Relations Co-ordinator for the Dr Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

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