National Volunteer Appreciation Month
The Greek philosopher Theophrastus once said, "Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." This is one of the most powerful truths about the value of time; it cannot be held, seen, or touched but is one of humankind's most priceless treasures. In 2022, Family Service Rochester volunteers gave over 45,000 hours of their time; PRICELESS and astonishing! Every day, volunteers help to fulfill FSR's mission of supporting and enhancing the dignity and quality of life for individuals and families in our community. Providing supervised parenting times at the Family Access Center, helping tutor students at Friendship Place, delivering Meals on Wheels, assisting with Senior Café, providing caregiver respite, grocery shopping, snow shoveling, lawn mowing, housekeeping, and so much more, volunteers are vital to the services we provide.
April marks National Volunteer Appreciation Month, recognizing the efforts of millions of Americans who collectively volunteer billions of hours each year. Thank you for giving so freely of your time and talents!
Here are some shared thoughts from consumers serviced by our volunteers:
“Amazing group of folks. I can’t thank each and every one enough. All of them have been so kind and helpful” – Ellen
“Wow, that’s a big relief for me. I need someone that’s going to be dependable. Everyone has been very reliable and very friendly. It takes a lot of pressure off me knowing I have someone to transport me to where I need to be” – Linda
“From the day I started to now, I really appreciate all the people that show that they care. I really appreciate all the help, it makes my day. Thank you to each and every one that helps, it really means a lot to me, thank you all very much!” – Donna
“I’m 80 years old and I really appreciate the volunteers; they have been tremendous. I really really enjoy the people that volunteer and I can get out and about. I don’t want to be house ridden—it’s a blessing and a big help” – Arnold
“Our sincerest thanks for giving so much of yourself to provide the personal care and attention to scheduling and driving our mother to her clinic appointments. We appreciate your dedication, your wisdom, your compassion and your kindness. Our mother knows she is in good hands, and so do we. We are all so very grateful for all you do. Thank you very much.” –Family of Bettie