In honor of National Volunteer Week, the United Way of Broome County honored those that dedicate their time.
The organization held its Annual Volunteer Week Training conference and Recognition Luncheon.
Professionals from across the area attended a multitude of training sessions.
Over 80 volunteers were recognized with awards for their work in the community.
United Way Executive Director Jacqueline Gerchman says that volunteers are essential to their mission. “One of our strategic planning goals for the upcoming year is to revitalize collaboration in the community and inspire giving. SO we how do we inspire giving, it’s not just financial it is that time and talent that go along with that financial aspect of it. Without the volunteers in our community, we absolutely could not do what we do.”
In 2018 the United Way of Broome County helped mobilize one thousand 961 volunteers who donated 7,331 hours of their time to projects such as day of caring, holiday events and day of action.
Gerchman says that equates to close to $214,000 in value to the community.