National Volunteer Week 2021

This blog post was written by Undergraduate Assistant Alexis Reese.

Photo of staff members registering students.
Amanda Fisher and Tommy DeShong register students for the Free Farmers Market.

In 2020, it was reported that there were over 60 million volunteers in the United States, and every hour they worked was valued at $27.50! This week, we honor those who have given their time to make an impact through volunteering. National Volunteer Week has been recognized since 1974, and each year, the opportunities to volunteer become increasingly diverse. Here in Waco, there are several ways you can volunteer and support your community. By following the website , you can find a wide variety of opportunities. You can handle animals and give tours at the Cameron Park Zoo, or you can help out with daily tasks at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The opportunities are endless!

Staff members help tear down cardboard boxes.
Mary Goolsby, Erik Swanson, and Jonathan Tomes tear down boxes after the produce has been distributed.

Here at the Poage Library, we have also found ways to volunteer in our community. We believe volunteering is an important factor in developing a sense of belonging in your community through providing support and help to those in need. When Baylor hosted the Free Farmers Market on March 25, 2021, members of our library staff decided that this was the perfect opportunity to get out and serve. At the event, volunteers aided in making the process of giving fruits and vegetables to our Baylor Bears more efficient.

What can you do to get involved in your community?

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