Nearly 15,000 give hundreds of thousands worth millions!
(OLATHE, KANSAS – April 11, 2019) On Thursday, April 11, several volunteers from Corrections, Developmental Supports, Emergency Management and K-State Extension shared their experiences with the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners and joined in the issuance of a proclamation designating April 7-13 as National Volunteer Week in Johnson County. The proclamation was accepted by Brandy Hodge, chairman of the Johnson County Volunteer Coordinator group, which consists of 13 departments and 29 staff.
In 2018, 14,624 volunteers provided almost 586,000 hours of community service throughout Johnson County. Based on the national standard of a volunteer hour being worth $24.69, the volunteer work was valued at almost $14.5 million.
National Volunteer Week began in 1974 with an executive order by President Richard Nixon. April became National Volunteer Month in 1991 as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1,000 Points of Light campaign.
Anyone who wishes to be a part of the Johnson County Government’s volunteer opportunities should visit the “Residents” section of the county’s website, jocogov.org. The 2018 annual report is also available at jocogov.org. On page 27 is a comprehensive list of county departments that have volunteer opportunities as well.