MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 27, 2013

Appreciation banquet honors area volunteers


— The Nonprofit Resource Center celebrated National Volunteer Week on Thursday with its annual volunteer appreciation banquet at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Approximately 180 guests attended the event, which was sponsored by Firstar Bank and EASTAR Health System.

Organizations across the community were invited to recognize their outstanding volunteers.

“We had a record number of nominating organizations and volunteers,” Laura Wickizer, marketing specialist at the Nonprofit Resource Center, said in a media release. “We had a total of 31 organizations recognize 69 volunteers, nearly double the numbers from last year. It’s important that we recognize the volunteers who are vital to our nonprofit community, and this is a great way for executive directors to say thank you to their volunteers.”

The average value of volunteer time nationally, as published by Independent Sector, is $22.14 per hour. The reality is that there are over 426 nonprofits in Muskogee County with an annual budget of less than $100,000 and only one or two paid staff, the release states. Without volunteers, most of these organizations would not be able to function efficiently.

This year Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, the parent organization to the Nonprofit Resource Center, received funding from AmeriCorps for nine VISTA members to serve with various organizations in Muskogee. They started their year of service on April 22, 2013 and will work with nine separate programs.