Welcome to the Volunteer Center! Here, you’ll be able to search for volunteer opportunities, find out about non-profit events that are happening in Door County and learn about the incredible benefits of volunteering. We know that our Door County community members are willing to help, it’s just that they don’t always know where the help is needed. The Volunteer Center is your one-stop site for all things volunteer! Click a link, take a look around and find out where your help is needed!
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16th Annual Golden Heart Recipients Announced Created On 10/9/2017
April 19, 2018 - The Volunteer Center of Door County celebrated the 16th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration “Volunteers- The Heart of the Community” honoring the incredible work of Door County volunteers and the agencies they serve. The 2018 award recipients are:
Adult: Lori Vorpahl, representing many different organizations
Environmental Stewardship: Gretchen Recupero Schmelzer, Crossroads of Big Creek
Group: Door County Habitat for Humanity Construction Volunteers
Youth Scholarship: Olivia James Van Den Heuvel
Karl May Lifetime of Service Award: Shirley Senarighi, representing many different organizations
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOLUNTEER
- Experience a change of scenery. When you leave your office or home to help someone with cancer or someone with disabilities, you can open your mind to new ideas and a change of perspective.
- Better understand your community’s challenges. Learn about the value of “green space” or “community engagement”. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, “Oh the things that you’ll learn.”
- Direct your talents for public good. Take what you’re good at and apply it with purpose. Whether you’re a gardener, a writer, an accountant or <fill in the blank>, there’s a non-profit out there that can benefit from your talents.
- Gain new skills. Stretch yourself. Try your hand at mentoring children. Write an article for a newsletter or oversee a Facebook page. Help a non-profit update its bylaws. Through volunteering, you can polish your skills – or learn new ones.
- Make professional connections. Community service is not only the right thing to do, but also can assist with making connections. When you’re out in the community applying your skills and demonstrating follow-through, this enhances your reputation and, on occasion, can translate into business relationships.
- Develop new friendships. With one in four Americans volunteering, and one in three employed people volunteering, there are many incredibly interesting people to meet.
- Enhance your resume. When professionals are interested in a job but have too little experience in the field, why not seek a non-profit that would welcome your emerging skills in a volunteer capacity?
- Continue the family tradition, or start a new one. If your parents volunteered, chances are, you’re following in their footsteps. If your family didn’t, why not start a new tradition?
- Improve your health. Research shows that those who embrace volunteering have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life. What more could you ask for?
- Make a difference. The nine reasons above are mostly ways that community service can help you. But the number one reason to volunteer isn’t about you at all – it’s about others. It’s about giving back to our community and the people in it.
Not sure where to start? Click here to see what opportunities are out there!