City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that a volunteer-a-thon in April will help generate volunteer hours for local non-profit agencies. The Mayor joined members of the Lincoln City Council and Lancaster County Board in signing volunteer pledge forms for the campaign that begins April 17. The campaign is a project of Volunteer Partners, the non-profit volunteer resource center for the community.
“I volunteer and encourage others to do it. Volunteers are the heart of our community, providing their time and talents to keep organizations and projects alive and prospering,” said Mayor Seng. “By shining the spotlight on volunteerism, we hope to raise awareness of the many ways we can help others in our community. Volunteering is very rewarding, and once people give it a try, they will discover that they truly receive more than they give.”
The theme for the volunteer-a-thon is “How About 8?” Wayne Svoboda, Director of Volunteer Partners, said the idea is to encourage residents to give at least eight hours, the length of an average work day, to a non-profit agency every month and/or to donate $8 to support the volunteer center.
“We see this volunteer-a-thon as an opportunity for everyone to help improve the quality of life in our community,” said Svoboda. “In return, volunteers can make new friends, build job skills, add to their resumes, use a special talent and get a great feeling of satisfaction.”
To make a pledge, residents can call the Volunteer Partners office at 435-2100 or see its Web site at www.volunteerpartners.org. Those who pledge are asked to complete their volunteer hours anytime during 2006. Those who already volunteer are asked to pledge those hours or additional hours this year.
The volunteer-a-thon ends April 29, the final day of National Volunteer Week. Pledge results will be announced at a volunteer recognition event at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at the Lancaster County Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. Co-sponsors of “How About 8?” include KLKN-TV, Clear Channel Radio, the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln and Wells Fargo.
In addition to volunteer recruitment and placement, Volunteer Partners provides consultation to non-profit volunteer programs, a resource library and volunteer management training. The organization also coordinates the Citizen Corps and Medical Reserve Corps; operates the Youth Volunteer Corps of America program for at-risk youth ages 11 to 18; and is creating a Corporate Volunteer Council.