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Josi & Jesse, 2012

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Volunteer Appreciation Month

Why We Do It

A special thanks in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month.

We talk a lot about community these days. You hear it in commercials, see it on billboards; it’s the buzz word of the moment, the sine qua non of any successful marketing effort. That sort of blunt and excessive usage, tied to everything and anything, I imagine offends most of us. It sullies the word, robs it of the unique relationship it has to meaning, to substance, to authenticity. If a car can build community, does that mean we can just buy our way to a better future, to a more inclusive and equitable society?

For those of us that disagree - that believe community is built one relationship at a time - volunteering is how we choose to build that future. Time and passion - there is no quantifiable equivalent, no monetary value we can assign to such a generous donation. And we don’t need to. Money and politics, power and influence… I doubt many of us would wish comparison or measurement in such terms. What matters is action. What counts is authenticity. Real value is found in the ether between people and purpose.

By now, after being with PHFS for six plus months, many of you are aware of my volunteering background. You know my passion for experiential learning - for service learning. If we haven’t met yet, I do hope we will. I want to meet you. I want to say thanks. Thanks for being here with me, with all of us. Thanks for helping PHFS build real community. One relationship at a time.

April was National Volunteer Appreciation month. I am proud to be a member of such a beautiful community.

See you around shelter,
Matt

 

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations

We host monthly volunteer orientations at both of our shelters. For a list of current scheduled orientations look here!

Thirteen Salmon Volunteer Orientations

    On the first Monday of every month at 6:10pm we host a volunteer orientation at the Thirteen Salmon Family Center.  The orientation is great for new and interested volunteers as well as for experienced volunteers who want to learn more about the other positions offered at Thirteen Salmon.  Each orientation we go over all the volunteer opportunities, talk about what to expect, and go on a shelter tour. Feel free to drop by, no registration is necessary.  The shelter is located on the corner of SW 13th and SW Salmon St. in the First Unitarian Church. Just look for the sign on the door and ring the bell.

     

    Goose Hollow Volunteer Orientations

    On the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00pm we host a volunteer orientation at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter.  The orientation is great for new and interested volunteers as well as for experienced volunteers who want to learn more about the other positions offered at Goose Hollow.  Each orientation we go over all the volunteer opportunities, talk about what to expect, and go on a shelter tour. Feel free to drop by, no registration is necessary.  The shelter is located at 1838 SW Jefferson St. in the First United Methodist Church.

     

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