The month of April marks National Volunteer Month, an opportunity to show appreciation to the scores of volunteers who support nonprofit, civic, faith-based and community organizations.

The Volunteer Center reports that it has contributed 53,278 volunteer hours equaling $1,449,161 over the past 12 months.

Miss Virginia Food Pantry Director Greg Witte said in a news release, “Miss Virginia Food Pantry operates on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. We distributed over 105,000 pounds of food, served over 29,740 guests and 105,204 households during 2020. Our volunteers are the backbone of Miss Virginia Food Pantry and we salute them for all they have done. Enough cannot be said about this group of Volunteers.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers from throughout the community have assisted with food distribution, virtual tutoring, made face masks, and supported wheelchair clients at the Allen County Department of Health vaccination clinic and to nonprofit organizations in the community.

Volunteer Center Executive Director Ani Etter said in the news release, “In a year that was full of challenges for so many, volunteers stepped up and found new ways to help their neighbors. Volunteer Center serves our community by connecting nonprofits to a pool of dependable volunteers, and providing the tools and resources to best support and engage volunteers.”

Volunteer Center is a nonprofit agency that has been a part of the Fort Wayne Community since 2004. From special events to long-term commitments, volunteers share their unique skills and abilities, filling meaningful community roles. The Volunteer Center Signature Programs address critical needs affecting low- to moderate-income individuals by providing children’s winter coats, legal assistance and tax preparation to the most vulnerable in the area.

To become a volunteer, visit www.volunteerfortwayne.org to fill out an online application form and find information about volunteer opportunities. Interested parties may also stop by the Volunteer Center office at 3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4 or call 260-424-3505 to learn more.

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