National Volunteer Week

As an association executive, I am most grateful to my client-volunteers. Volunteers are the lifeblood of all associations, from officers to board members…from committee chairs to mentors…from seminar speakers to public service project participants.

This week (April 23-29) is National Volunteer Week in the U.S. and Canada. National Volunteer Week was established in the U.S. via Presidential Proclamation in 1974 by Richard Nixon. Since then, every President has issued a new proclamation in mid- to late-April. It is a time to celebrate volunteers, promote volunteering opportunities, and sponsor special projects to attract new volunteers.

I am committed to volunteering, and currently serve on a mentoring team for Bridge Communities. This is one of my church’s mission projects, and our team mentors a homeless family. It’s a privilege to serve our client and her children, and watch her realize such goals as debt reduction and full-time employment.

How will you celebrate National Volunteer Week?

About Glenda Sharp

I am a Certified Association Executive with more than 25 years of association management experience. I am principal of Sharper Associations, a full service association management and consulting firm. My clients include the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing, National Speakers Association-IL Chapter, SIETAR USA, West Suburban Bar Association, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, PR consultant Deborah Weixl, and author Harry Sharp.

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