Unsung Heroes

Honoring Civic Engagement During National Volunteer Week

Group of people all various ages and ethnicities with arms around each other. Each wearing a blue "volunteer" shirt.In the world of philanthropy, there is one crucial area of giving that is undeniably the most valuable. This priceless act is the act of giving of one’s time. Volunteerism is essential to helping non-profits reach their missions to serve the needs of the community and environment. Without the valuable hours of dedication from volunteers, non-profits would be unable to meet the many critical needs of so many.

Regionally, we should be very proud of our stance on volunteerism. Wisconsin residents are among the most generous when it comes to volunteering. Ranking nationally in the top ten states for the most service hours for several years and reaching the top three in 2015, with over 169 million hours of service.

These valuable acts of service do not go unnoticed. In fact, they are honored during the month of April with National Volunteer Week. During this month, non-profit organizations are featuring volunteer recruitment opportunities, engagement activities, and special kudos to their volunteer heroes -- heroes that selflessly invest in others by sharing their talents and time with the community.

Thank you to the unsung heroes that contribute to Southeastern Wisconsin in the most precious way, by serving as a volunteer!

Become a hero. Look to your favorite non-profit for volunteer opportunities.

On Philanthropy appears monthly in the Milwaukee Business Journal for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. This month’s column is contributed by Leona S. Knobloch, Development Director at Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.