UW Sunday Column 3-16-14: John Kelker from United Way

John KelkerJohn Kelker: Celebrating our communities’ volunteers

Could you imagine how our community would be different if there were no volunteers?

Imagine our local hospitals without volunteers to help with patient escorts, providing pastoral care or without their corps of hospice volunteers…

Imagine the empty shelves at local food pantries without the volunteers who lend a hand at Central Illinois Foodbank…

Imagine a world without the disaster response volunteers from the American Red Cross…

Imagine a world without volunteers to coach youth sports teams.

Our community thrives because of the selfless efforts of those who step forward every day to donate their time and talent to worthy causes. For local programs, your volunteer efforts, no matter how great or small, help them focus their attention on the critical services addressing the needs of our community…

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