HOUSTON (Oct. 30, 2014) – Houston is known for its altruistic spirit and Volunteer Houston has been on the front line of helping Houstonians connect with their volunteer passions for 40 years. On Sunday, Oct. 26, Volunteer Houston celebrated its 40th birthday with a Volunteer Fair in Discovery Green that featured 40 nonprofit organizations and recognized thousands of Houston volunteers.
“Today, the City of Houston recognizes Volunteer Houston for its role in shaping the city’s volunteer landscape and improving the delivery of social services for 40 years,” said Houston City Council Member Jack Christie. During the event, Council Member Christie presented the organization with a proclamation declaring it Volunteer Houston Day.
“We are so thankful to the Houston community for supporting Volunteer Houston over the past 40 years,” said Mike Gustafson, Volunteer Houston’s Board President. “Over the years, Volunteer Houston has placed more than one million volunteers in opportunities. We appreciate the generosity of individuals and businesses committed to building a stronger community by giving of their time where it’s most needed in our city.”
For organizations like Memorial Hermann Hospice, being one of the 40 nonprofit organizations that participated in the fair was beneficial in educating Houstonians about hospice care. “Many potential volunteers don’t realize that we offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities unassociated with the exceptional patient care we provide each day to individuals facing serious illnesses,” said Libby Landicho, volunteer services coordinator for Memorial Hermann Hospice. “We are in dire need of volunteers to support the family members of hospice patients. Our volunteers perform a variety of functions including lawn care, running errands or even playing instruments or singing to our patients. We are so thankful for Volunteer Houston’s help in filling our diverse volunteer opportunities.”
“In looking at 2015, Volunteer Houston is excited to announce the next Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service will take place in Houston,” said Gustafson. “Be on the lookout for increased communication and be sure to get connected to Volunteer Houston to help ensure that we continue to connect people to their volunteering passions for another 40 years.”
The free, family event included a Kid’s Zone with face painting, games, and education about the Waugh Bridge bats. Featured entertainment included DJ MVP with Privileged Productions, The Salvation Army Harbor Lights Choir, Shattered Silence, Inertia Dance Team, and Jacob Chamblee. For a list of the 40 nonprofit organizations that participated in the fair, click here.
About Volunteer Houston
For 40 years, Volunteer Houston, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has connected individuals with their volunteering passions. The mission of the organization is to engage people and resources effectively in volunteer services. The vision of the organization is that Volunteer Houston strengthens the spirit of volunteerism for the benefit of the communities we serve. The organization maintains a database of more than 1,200 diverse nonprofits in need of volunteers. Annually, the organization places 32,000 individuals in volunteering opportunities. For more details, visit: http://volunteerhouston.org.
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