The Value of Volunteer Time / State and Historical Data was published on April 19, 2018 by Independent Sector out of Washington D.C. They state:
"Volunteers in the United States are 63 million strong and hold up the foundation of civil society. They help their neighbors, serve their communities, and provide their expertise. No matter what kind of volunteer work they do, they are contributing in invaluable ways.
Despite major economic and political changes since 2012, the contributions of volunteers has grown with each year. Dig into the historical national data and the state-by-state figures...to appreciate the value of volunteers' contributions time, talent, and effort in our communities."
I'll get back to this I promise.
We, Elaine and I, and those that volunteer for Quilts of Valor, via Not Forgotten QOV participate in several events here in our area and others to help raise funds so that we can support our Quilt of Valor habit in the manner we have become accustomed to. One of the huge differences between the Quilts of Valor Foundation and many other charitable 501 (c) (3) organizations is that we have access to all of the funds that we raise. Any and all administrative costs are funded through donations made to the national organization and through the membership fees for those volunteers that choose to join. No one is required to join but the benefits of being a member and a Registered Group like Not Forgotten are significant when weighed against the $5 annual fee for membership in a group.
Those events we participate in usually involve the selling of Raffle Tickets to raise funds, often for a quilt and at one major event annually a sewing machine. We also set out a Donation Container and yes we will just take your money...with a very heartfelt Thank You. Next to the Donation Container is a framed synopsis of "Destination of Your Donations." It was compiled from numerous sources that evolve around the market value of quilts, material costs and estimated labor. It is a very conservative estimate but a fair example of what goes into a Quilt of Valor.
|Oh the stories I hear. And each one solidifies my honor to have served this nation in their shadow.|