Nearly 1 out of every 4 Americans 16 years and older volunteer their time in some way to charitable causes. Utah has the highest percentage of volunteers (43 percent); Louisiana ranks last (18.43 percent). Indiana (26.9 percent) falls somewhere in the middle. Aside from the obvious benefit of volunteering – helping others – there are plenty of gains for volunteers themselves, including an increase in happiness, better health and developing new skills. It doesn’t hurt that those who volunteer their time also report feeling like they have more of it in much the same that people who donate money to charity report feeling wealthier. The Extol Magazine Team is eager to highlight individuals and organizations who are setting an example through their dedication to helping others – like Floyds Knobs residents Jeannie and Victor “Vic” Unruh (pictured). If you know a group or person who deserves to be acknowledged for how they give back, send an email to email@example.com and include “Example” in the subject line. To learn more about Jeannie and Vic’s latest philanthropic endeavor, turn to page 105.
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Harvard Business Review
Dozens of women banded together May 9 for Women Build 2018 benefitting Habit for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana.
Each Women Build home was funded and built by women leaders and volunteers in our community.
The volunteers work together to raise funds and the walls for the entire Women Build project. For each build, Habitat for Humanity relies on at least 10 women to be team leaders and each recruit up to 10 women for their team. Together, they raise funds and help make up the volunteers needed to construct the home by recruiting friends and family to support their work through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.
If you are interested in volunteering for the next Women Build, please call 812.948.1235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A team from German American recently spent time at Rauch, Inc., a community that supports people with disabilities and their families. During their visit, the team provided a refreshing spruce up to their landscaping and enjoyed a day full of fun and smiles at the Rauch community.
To learn more about Rauch, go to http://rauchinc.org.
The Premier Homes team recently spent a day volunteering with
Home of the Innocents, which provides a range of important
residential, treatment and community-based programs,
including offering a safe haven for at-risk children; pediatric
medical care; shelter and education for pregnant and parenting
teens; crisis and intervention services; clinical treatment services
and therapeutic loving foster and adoption services. The Home –
as it’s often called – also operates a pediatric convalescent center
for children who are dependent on technology to sustain life, as
well as children who are terminally ill. Learn more about the
organization by visiting homeoftheinnocents.org. The Premier Homes team organized, sorted and collected
items needed for families and children who are in a tough spot.
“Supporting our community and, more specifically, children
in crisis has always been a passion,” said Premier Homes Sales
Manager Cat Stevens.
Premier Homes, which is headed up by President Jeff Corbett, is
known for quality construction and exceptional value as well as
the team’s continued commitment to the community. To learn
more about the company, go to premierhomesonline.com.