While April 23–28 is the official National Volunteer Appreciation Week, at Jeremiah Program we celebrate our volunteers every day. Our results would not be possible without the 1,426 volunteers who last year alone gave 19,231 hours, valued by Independent Sector at $453,076.
Our volunteers Cook for Kids, play with children while our mothers take life skills classes, serve as career mentors, and serve on our national board of directors and community boards of trustees. Here are just a couple examples of the many stellar individuals and groups who are supporting our mission to transform families two generations at a time.
Cooking for Kids in Minneapolis & St. Paul
Andy Claar, a trustee for Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-St. Paul who works with TCF Bank, recently partnered with Winthrop Resources, a wholly owned TCF subsidiary, to gather two groups to Cook for Kids on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.
Barb, Linda, Wendy, Stacy, Vikki and Candace served up a tasty pasta spread to
more than 50 moms and children at the Minneapolis location and entertained the children with a cake walk (skip and jump!).
In St. Paul, Blaire, Carrie, Erin and Julie (pictured at top) served a taco feast and ice cream to 25 moms and 30 kids. The children enjoyed art projects and playing in tents, and the volunteers shared time with the mothers to talk about college and work.
Cooking for our families is a meaningful way for volunteers to support our determined young families. As our families and volunteers will testify, this is a win-win for all involved.
Sharing time with children in Boston
Mike, a volunteer child care provider with Jeremiah Program Boston, has this to say: “My favorite part about volunteering with Jeremiah is that I get to see how my contributions providing a forum for kids to play helps young mothers take time to build their own strengths and skills. I believe in the transcendent value of creative playtime, and am blessed to share my time with kids.”
As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we are mindful of this phrase: “No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” Thank you, thank you, to our wonderful volunteers.