(Juneau) The importance of volunteer service is being recognized all week long. Monday begins National Volunteer Appreciation week, and a local organization is highlighting the efforts of their over 200 volunteers. Dodge County 4-H Youth Development Educator Maria Witzel says their program would not be in existence without the support of their volunteers who help and teach young people.
Witzel says over 200 volunteer adults work with 525 youth from kindergarten to one year beyond high school in 22 4-H clubs through the county. She says their work is invaluable.
Witzel noted that their volunteers have spent 7,948 hours supporting the Dodge County 4-H program last year. She says an independent sector identified the value that volunteer service in 2021 was, which came to $28.54 per hour. Witzel says that means Dodge County’s 4-H volunteers contributed over $226-thousand-dollars of hours during their service.
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.