April is Global Volunteer Month!
Throughout April, we’ll be featuring City of Farmington volunteers and highlighting the contributions they’ve made in our community.
Today’s volunteer spotlight is on Sandy Eastep. Sandy has been serving at the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center for 6 1/2 years working with the Home Delivered Meal Program (formerly Meals on Wheels). She loves volunteering because she says the seniors are always so glad to see someone when she arrives. She even buys dog treats to give to the dogs when she delivers. Sandy worked for the City of Farmington for 16 years as a custodian. She started eating lunch at the senior center and enjoyed it so much that when she retired on a Friday, she started volunteering the following Monday. Since then, Sandy has contributed more than 1,500 hours of her time to serving the seniors in our community.
Thanks for your service, Sandy!
Did you know?
-Volunteerism is valued at over $184 billion
-Volunteerism improves the health and wellbeing of communities
-An estimated 25.1 percent of US adults volunteered in 2017, contributing an estimated 8.8 billion hours
-74% of nonprofits report that constituents' desire to participate in their organization's work has increased over the last five years
-The top four national volunteer activities in the USA are food collection or distribution (24.2%), fundraising or selling items to raise money (23.9%), general labor or transportation (18.8%), and tutoring or teaching (17.9%)
-One report says that people who volunteer over 100 hours a year are some of the healthiest people in the U.S
About the MVP program:
The City of Farmington Mayor’s Volunteer Program provides a wide range of opportunities for volunteers to contribute their knowledge, talent and energy toward improving the quality of life in our community. MVP recognizes volunteers as instrumental partners in strengthening our community’s bond and works to cultivate and model the generosity of spirit, time and resources to further volunteer engagement and its stakeholders toward community participation.