April 16-22, 2023

This week, we honor the selfless spirit of Americans who volunteer, and we sound the call for more Americans to seize opportunities to serve their communities.

Every day across America, volunteers are performing extraordinary acts of service. They are repairing and rebuilding homes, educating our youth, and connecting people to jobs. They are supporting veterans and military families, helping to run our elections, and combating climate change. In the aftermath of natural disasters, neighbors volunteer to restore communities and cook hot meals. And amid a pandemic, volunteers have stepped forward to help administer vaccines and provide lifesaving resources to people in need.

Volunteering defines America. Our Nation is a place where light triumphs over darkness, where we seek to lift everyone up, and where we lead not by the example of our power but by the power of our example. As those who volunteer know firsthand, service also benefits the volunteer. It can teach important skills, help build professional networks, and provide an empowering sense of purpose. Volunteering brings people together, uniting us around our common belief in the dignity and equality of every person and giving us a chance to learn from others we might otherwise never meet.

Maureen Fahy, MA, ATR
Volunteer Program Administrator
Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare
2200 W. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223

The dedication of volunteers is truly admirable, and it’s wonderful that National Volunteer Week provides us with an opportunity to formally recognize your contributions. To all of the volunteers who have given their time and energy to Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare over the past year, thank you for your service and for making a positive impact on the lives of patients in need.

The attached newsletter summarizes the contributions made by the volunteers and community sponsors and announces Warren Dimock as the honoree for the Dorothy J. Simonds Excellence in Volunteer award, in recognition of his work as a Spiritual Life Volunteer.

In the absence of large-scale special events, you brought joy and normalcy to our patients’ lives. The facility looks forward to reintroducing special events in the future and engaging our Volunteer Groups who have been patiently waiting for their return. Thank you!

Thank you Pioneers for your continued support and Happy National Volunteer Week!

Submitted by Elaine Housley New Outlook Region Director