Friday, April 26, 2013

National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 21-27, 2013

April 21-27, 2013 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrate Service”.
Hope House relies very heavily on volunteers to provide all of our services. We would not be able to operate at our current capacity if it wasn’t for our volunteers. We are extremely grateful to all of them who work so hard on our behalf.

It is such a wonderful feeling to donate time and energy to a cause that you firmly believe in, knowing that you are making a difference in this world. Our volunteers help us in every aspect of our programming. We have volunteers who work directly with clients and some who prefer the behind the scenes approach and work in our administrative and fundraising functions. We couldn’t do it without any of them.

Take Chris Hope for example. Chris has been volunteering for Hope House for over 10 years and he has done it all. He is most known for creating the bedtime story program at our shelters. Chris created the idea of having volunteers come into shelter at bedtime to read to the kids a story before they go to bed. What a wonderful tradition to help our families start with their kids. The kids love this program; we just don’t have enough volunteers to keep it going every night. Hint hint. Chris is also known to staff our information table at health fairs or wherever is needed. I loved working with him at one of the Mavericks games as we sold Chuck a Pucks for Hope House. Chris and his sisters started our birthday fund as well, in honor of their mother who loved to celebrate her children’s birthdays. In her memory they created a fund that pays for birthday cakes for children in shelter so when kids are celebrating their birthdays in shelter they can do it just as they would if they were at home with a cake! Chris is so easy going and such a lovely spirit. He will do whatever we ask of him. He truly gives of himself and we are ever grateful.

Chris and all the other wonderful committed volunteers deserve the special recognition of this week. We are truly grateful to you for dedication in helping us carry out our mission of breaking the cycle of domestic violence. THANK YOU for all you do.

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