Letter: More leaders acknowledgedHistory teaches us that Americans get involved. Ours is a society that values independence, but we also hold a rich tradition of helping our neighbors through the efforts of volunteerism.
By: Renea Aeschliman, Hudson, St. Croix County Department on Aging, Hudson Star-Observer
History teaches us that Americans get involved. Ours is a society that values independence, but we also hold a rich tradition of helping our neighbors through the efforts of volunteerism.
Hospitals, schools, parks, churches, libraries and museums all benefit from the unpaid work of volunteers. During National Volunteer Week, April 28–May 3, millions of Americans, including dedicated men, women and young people in St. Croix County, will be saluted for their efforts and commitments.
On behalf of all of us at the St. Croix County Department on Aging, I want to publicly acknowledge the many volunteers who make a difference in the lives of older adults who live in our communities. Our volunteers offer friendly companionship, assistance with our congregant and home-delivered nutrition programs, and transportation to people who need to get to medical appointments.
They also serve on boards, assist with office tasks, read for the visually impaired and provide respite to those caring for loved ones with dementia. St. Croix County’s Department on Aging has more than 300 volunteers who help older people live independently in their own homes.
National Volunteer Week began in 1974, when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteerism. Every president since has signed a proclamation in support of the week and the difference volunteers make in our country.
I urge those who are not yet a part of volunteerism in St. Croix County to join in such efforts. Everyone can serve. There are opportunities with families, children with disabilities, youth and businesses. If you want to help an older neighbor, please call our office, (715) 381-4360 or (800) 372-2333.