I Think…I Know
Written and submitted by Laurie Eytel, CVA

I think & I see how good you are
I know I don’t have to look that far

I think you are amazing for you help kids, moms & dads I know it’s true, a better group cannot be had

I think the families know it too
I know it in the way they look at you

I think I learn from all of you each day I know it’s a fact, in more than just one way

But wait, it’s not just ME that says “thanks with a smile”
It’s ALL of us, because you go that extra mile!

YOU are the BEST – You make this program what it is.
Thank you from ALL of us! This evening is for you.

A thank you speech for volunteers
Written and submitted by DJ Cronin

You make a difference in the dash.

Life is short. In the scheme of things this oft quoted saying must be true. Our planet has been here for millions of years – our universe billions.

On our headstones will be the etching of when we were born and the date when we died. For example 1960 – 2050.

What matters to me are not the two years mentioned. It is the dash. That little dash. That’s our life. That represents to me the short time we have, here, to make a difference, or not.

And making a difference means so many different things to so many people.

But for you, the volunteer, what you do during that dash is most significant.

You can give me money for my cause. Sure. But I may pay that back to you. Say you give a dollar a month. It is appreciated without doubt. It is your dollar. However you may pick it up elsewhere. Something extra you do. Some other way of earning that buck. But how do we give back time?

As a volunteer you give time. Time. The most precious resource in our lives.

Look at the dash. How many hours are in there? It’s not billions. It’s not infinite. Money can be printed. Time cannot.

Once you give an hour of your time it is lost forever. That hour you just gave volunteering will never be replicated.

Your time volunteering must be valued but we can never put a value on that time. How can you value something that is priceless?

As a volunteer you bring much to this organisation. Skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership, inspiration etc. That you bring. But time you give. In our time poor world you bear the gift of time. You choose to donate the most precious commodity in the known universe.

We may count your time in numbers. We may attempt to count your time in cash value. Though such methods have their reasons we will all be poorer if we don’t realize that the giving of your time is simply and utterly magnificent.

So today, we take a little time out to thank you for the amazing “time in” that you give. Truly, thanks for your time!

And Then There Was a Smile
Written and submitted by Laurie Eytel, CVA

A parent came with a burden to bear
They came looking for guidance
And perhaps a kind word

You saw their challenge
And decided to help
Your caring voice opened a door

A child came looking quite sad
And then another, with defiance
And you welcomed them all

They all came with stories
Which were all unique
You offered your help – and you listened

You may have provided a meal
You may have provided gifts
You may have provided guidance

You may have worked behind the scenes
But slowly a change came about
The mood seemed lighter

And then there was a smile,
Maybe first from you
Then maybe from a child, a parent

It made all the difference to those you touched, The child, the parent looked to you And then there was a smile!

Thank you for the smiles you provide!

Author Laurie Eytel notes “[These are} two “poems” I wrote to recognize our volunteers and partners who volunteer with our Fairfax County Department of Family Services Children, Youth and Families Division.

First Day of School!
Written and submitted by Barbara Brady

It’s that time of year again,
Time to go to school.
I’m going to learn all kinds of things,
And study all the rules!

I have some brand new clothes to wear,
And shoes that are clean and white,
My hair is cut, my nails are clean,
I think I look “just right”.

I know I’ll meet new people,
I hope that they’ll like me.
It’s scary going off to school,
It is the first day, you see!

I hope the teacher is friendly,
And shows me what to do.
I hope she’s glad I’m in her class,
I think I’ll like her, too!

I’m scared that I will get real lost,
And totally lose my way,
Or need to find the bathroom,
I hope it’s not far away.

I hope the food at school is good,
The kind I like to eat,
I hope I get to sit with friends,
Maybe they’ll save a seat!

I think the day will go quite fast,
When it’s done I’ll give a cheer!
I plan to make a difference,
Since I’m a volunteer!

Thank You! Volunteers
Written and submitted by Noble Allen
May 7, 2008

V You show up, the very moment we need you most,
O You look for opportunities to expand our learning coast.
L You are listening when soft words are being spoken.
U You understand and work to keep our hearts from being broken.
N Never is a word you remove from your mouth,
T Let’s take this to another level-even if we’re located in the South.
E Everything is possible-You help us to believe.
E Even despite all odds-our talented students will highly achieve.
R You rise to the occasion-that is without a doubt-
Our Parent Volunteers-We can never do without!!!

Written and submitted by Noble Allen
May 7, 2008

P -Receives the wisdom passed on from voices of experience
R -Relieved that a mentor provides me with a boost over the great expectation fence
O -Over the bumps of numerous tasks we have come
T -Having someone to talk to during and when the day is done
E -At times making the difficult seem a little bit easier
G -Changing my Gray skies into blue skies when the day becomes even busier.
E -Eager to see this school year end – ‘but’ with zeal in my heart to try it all over again.

Your Name Is Volunteer
Written and submitted by Nancy Jo Grim
RSVP Director, May 20, 2005

Your Name Is Volunteer
Your name is love, because you showed me love and compassion when I needed it the most.
Your name is patience, because you took time to listen to me when my stories were long and my heart was heavy.
Your name is kindness, because you used your healing hands to touch my pain and guide me when I was lost.
Your name is mentor, because you taught me the lessons that life cannot teach so soon.
Your name is a volunteer, you are love, patience, kindness, a mentor and so much more…
We celebrate you the volunteer.

Secret (Volunteer) Service
Submitted by Elizabeth Ellis

How to make an impact today!
Open a door for someone
Pick up a piece of paper left on the street
Say “Good Morning” to someone you don’t know
Plug someone else’s meter
Say “thank you” to the mailman
Give the next person in line at the grocery store your leftover coupons
Keep shoveling snow after your sidewalk ends
Truly listen to someone
Say “good job” for a job well done
Donate your used clothes and toys
Make a cake for your fellow employees for no reason
Join a committee
Let someone else go first in line
Give your used magazines away
Note good service on your waiter’s ticket
Send a hand written note of thanks to a volunteer for no particular reason
Say “Have a great evening” to the night watchperson
Switch seats with someone on the plane if they’ve been separated by a family member or friend
Print on both sides of the page
Pretend your Monday at work is a Friday!
Refer a potential volunteer to another agency who might better fulfill a volunteer’s interests and passion
Mentor a new volunteer coordinator
Bring your receptionist a treat just because
Wave to children on the bus
Walk, take the bus or ride your bike to work
Learn about a new organization and how they engage volunteers and community
Put flowers on your desk
Don’t “almost” make a difference, do something today!

YWCA Volunteers
written and submitted by Barbara Armitage

Our city’s problems are many
Solutions seem painfully few
It’s so easy to find yourself wailing
“Where to start; there’s too much to do.”

Yet for one group the answer seems simple
Their direction is always quite clear
They reach out their hands when the need comes
They’re first to volunteer.

The common vision they work for
Encompasses folks one and all
Peace, justice, freedom, and dignity
No matter how helpless or small.

They serve in a myriad of venues
That’s the most essential piece of this pie
No matter how young or how worldly
No matter how educated or spry.

Some help sell the dumplings in August
Some work our correspondance or books
Some keep us apprised of legislation
Some help in the kitchen and cook

They work to keep women off welfare
And so children will have school supplies
They organize home tours and golf games
See the world through the most needy eyes.

Some organize bulbs with pink ribbons
While others drive meals on the go
Some raise our racial conscience
Lend a hand to Help Me Grow

Whether working for Appleseed Project
Fund raising street to street; door to door
They willingly do with a smile
What others might consider a bore

Some serve on the Board—on committees
Schedule classes for young girls and boys
No talent to small or too simple
Each volunteer act increases all joys.

So tonight I acknowledge your efforts
And in your honor proudly raise cheers
May God Bless you one and all
Our Wonderful V O L U N T E E R S !

Gifts of Time
written and submitted by Susan Greig
Partners in Care Family Liaison at BC Children’s Hospital

Both night and day
you’ve given of your time
To make this hospital a better place
Every family here has benefited
And your efforts can never be erased

We send this note to tell you
That we are aware and all agree
Your gifts of timelarge or small
Are special ones indeed!

Happy New Year Thank You
submitted by Rachel Altemus

We call and we email, we ask for your time
And you give of it so generously, never expecting a dime
Be it raining or snowing or at the last minute, you always come through
This program would be nothing without each of you
We express our thanks, just as often as we can
Please know that we, the Volunteer Services Department, are your biggest fans
You hock balloons and heart tattoos
You bring joy to many patients, who are singing the blues
You provide a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on
You become a familiar face, one families know they can rely on
You provide rides and shopping, which are no small feats
Because no matter what, we all have to eat
You wash windows and clothing, for the caregivers so tired
Walk dogs and play games, help get TVs re-wired
The list could simply go on and on
But it seems only right, that I move this along
So on behalf of Volunteer Services we offer a gift to you, our volunteers Sent with the warmest of wishes for a happy new year

Thank You to Our Parent Volunteers
by Christina Williams

I’m finally going to graduate, the day is almost here.
I learned to count and write this year, because you volunteered.
You shared your love, your time and smile, so I could learn to read.
I can’t believe I like this stuff, who knew that learning could be fun.
I hope you know just how thankful I am, that you took the time to be with me.
I had so much fun this year, I can’t believe that summer’s here.
I got to sing and dance and play, because you gave your time.
I gained so much confidence, because you cheered me on.
Now the time has come sadly, for me to say goodbye.
But your spirit will be with me, forever, all the time.

(This poem was written for the parent volunteers in my son’s Kindergarten Class at Carrillo Elementary. I ran out of time to make them some photo mini albums, so I stamped a card and wrote this poem instead. I hope they like it.)

He Said, She Said
in the Volunteer world

by Joan Perry, CAVS
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital

“How can I be of help?” she asked,
“I have a good idea,” he said,
“Here, hold my hand,” she suggested,
“We’ll do it together,” they offered.

“We’ll be right here until it’s done.”
“Let’s do it this way, its more fun!”
“It’s what we’re here for it’s no fuss.”
“Call us back if you should need us.”

“She needs our help, God bless her heart.”
“Oh, I’m just glad to do my part.”
“Walk with me, I’ll show the way.”
“Goodness no, I don’t want pay.”

“You can do it, I’ll show you how.”
“You need it when? I’ll do it now.”
“If you need anything I’m right here.”
“Who am I? A volunteer.”

Explore The Wonder
by Sandy Cavinee

The mystery of God’s creation unfolds along our way.
Never fully revealed to us, just pieces every day.
The earth, the sky, the oceans hold their secrets but show to man- How
beautiful and mighty are God’s works and plan.
The greatest gift He gave us-to share as here we dwell, are people just like you who know love so well.
And as we “explore the wonder” of what volunteering means, the WONDER is your service-you are the greatest theme!

(I wrote this several years ago and it was made into bookmarks for Volunteer Week-our theme was “Explore The Wonder-Volunteer).

To Our Volunteers
by Lisa Ellinwood

V is for the Very special people that you are
O is for the Overwhelming support & compassion you offer others during their time of need
L is for the Little things you do that make such a difference in someone’s life
U is for the Unspoken words that sometimes mean just as much
N is for the Need you fill when others aren’t able
T is for the Time you give of yourselves on top of your own busy schedules
E is for the Emotional support you continually give
E is also for the Endless energy you all seem to possess
R is for the Responsibility you have taken on & never once complained S is for the Smiles you bring to patients & families by just being you

by Dom Shalalo (Teacher/Librarian)

What will we do without you
on those quiet Thursday morns?

That workroom where..oh
those books stand so forlorn.

They wait for practised hands, you see
to process them with care

That shifty contact, bubbles
at our merest touch or stare.

But our volunteers have conquered
its wicked wiles and ways

gliding to book corners
it no longer dares to stray.

“Oh work is only work” some say and that may often be!
But to us your work is the work of love, giving so selflessly.
I honor the place within you
Where the entire world resides
I honor the place within you
of hope, of light, of truth, of peace
I honor the place within you
Where when you are in that place within you
And I am in that place within me
There is only one of us…

Explanation for above verse:
I was selected by the Dooley Foundation to work with Nepalese natives in Kathmandu as a volunteer in 1972. I left Pan Am World Airlines as a flight attendant and took a 3 month leave. The Nepalese greeted each other every day with this beautiful greeting, which translated from Hindi into English as the above!
Submitted by Lesleigh J. Tolin, MS, Volunteer Coordinator, Odyssey Hospice, Los Angeles

Do We Have As Much Sense As A Goose?
By Akbar Khan, Toronto in September 2003

A flock of geese flying in a formation ‘V’
Much research reveals what you do not see

Each bird in front by flapping its wing
Creates an uplift for the goose following

Flying in ‘V’ formation they change
By 71% plus their flying range

Common direction and a sense of community
Our efforts become quick and easy

If a goose falls out of formation by chance
It feels greater drag and resistance

If we have as much sense as a goose we’ll stay
In formation with those headed our way

When tired the lead goose rotates to the rear
Another taking its place in the air

It pays, while doing hard jobs, to take turns
Thus no one is over burdened or get burns

The geese in the back honk from behind
Encouraging, gentle and kind

We must encourage others as they strive
To meet the daily grind of life

If a goose gets sick and or wounded
If for some reason it gets grounded

Two geese fall out of formation
They keep it company and for protection

Stay with it until it flies or dies
Such are the depths of their ties

If we humans have the sense of a goose
Their way of life is what we’d choose

Based on a write-up “Do we have as much sense as a goose?”


Viva Volunteers!
by Akbar Khan in 2002

Like everyone else you face life’s struggles
Additionally, you volunteer your time
Though intrinsic rewards may be many
Wages you get nary a dime

Some volunteer for freedom and fun
Some out of goodness of heart
For many a reason, 1.3 million Canadian
Volunteers do their part

Feeding the physically challenged
Visiting with the old and lonely
Outreaching into the community
Beyond the call of duty

Looking after the elderly and sick
Delivering meals on the go
Around the clock, 365 days
Through rain or shine or snow

Being Big Sister to a young girl
Or Big Brother to a little boy
Sharing, caring and understanding
Spreading love, comfort and joy

Fundraising for charities
Canvassing door to door
You willingly do with a smile
What others consider a bore

So tonight we acknowledge your efforts
And in your honor proudly raise cheers
May God Bless you one and all
V I V A L A V O L U N T E E R S !

Volunteer I Am
Written by Eileen Thompson, Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Presbyterian Hospital, Huntersville NC

Volunteer I Am

Twenty-four hours in every day.
Where can I go to give some away?
For my time is a gift.
My experience gold,
All I desire…
Is a small hand to hold.

A tear to wipe, a child to soothe
A lonely patient to comfort when blue
A harried worker to lend a hand to

There’s no need for you to strike up the band
For I rarely seek out the fanfare of man.
I simply have time to give quite away
To help those in need and brighten their day

For my time is my own.
I give it for free.
A volunteer I am.
A volunteer I’ll be.


A Day in the Life of a Coordinator of Volunteers
Dr. Seuss made silly rhymes,
That is my life at times, at times.
I ply my trade with volunteers,
Have honed my skills o’er years and years.
And with each passing month-day-week
I’ve learned to count on no repeats.
There is no constant, there is no way
To plot a Volunteer Manager’s day.
Except to say by the time I go home- I’ve bonded with my telephone!
I talk, I talk, I talk some more,
I recruit, I train, I ask, I implore.
In the midst of a community fray
I coax, I perusuade, I turn quielty gray.
I provide a shoulder and a gentle pat,
Then turn ’round and say, “You can’t do that!”
I must wheedle the Board to fee up some cash,
Must step on my impulse to do something rash.
I’ve thank yous to write, as well as begging letters,
I’ve a message on the machine from someone knitting sweaters.
My voice mail is jammed with good news and grumblers
But half of the callers left no name or numbers.
I need a photographer, I need a mall sitter,
I need a ticket seller…but no more knit sweaters
There’s a birthday tomorrow, a sympathy call too,
But still the Director asks, “Need more to do?”
They are old and young and in between,
They’re stalwart and cheery and ever so keen.
They have children and siblings and lovers or spouses,
But they give of their time, leaving their houses…
To do some driving, filing, teaching, ferrying,
Web-making, fund-raising, speaking and sharing.
They give of their skill, effort and passion
Pushing the boundaries of care and compassion
They’re picky and messy, late and on-time
They’re clever, finicky, frenzied, sublime.
They’re on the Board, they’re on the street,
And I’m the common ground on which they meet.
And meet they do…and me they share
The only universal is…they care.
The Christmas Grinch or the Cat in the Hat,
This coordiantor’s a bit like that!
The topsy-turvey hoorays and jeers
Of clients, care givers, bosses and peers.
The wants and the needs of disparate groups,
To be rallied and tallied and teamed into troops…
Troops that help, that try, that stumble-
But whose genuine efforts help keep me humble.
‘Cause despite all the chaos, the re-vamping and silliness
A coordiantor’s life abounds in willingness…
For everything I do, I get more in return,
For everything they give, I have to learn.
Ann West, UNICEF Victoria British Columbia Canada
Submitted by Lesley Dunn, Community and Corporate Support Liaison Officer, Halifax Military Family Resource Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

Listen my children, and you shall hear
a story of the All American Volunteer.
It all began back many a year
with the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
Volunteer soldiers, and many many more,
built America from shore to shore.
Why is America such a wonderful place?
Because volunteers are the base!
Volunteers share their talents and time,
for their efforts they ask not a dime!
They serve their cities, county, or state.
The value of their services are hard to rate.
When called to duty, their response is quick.
They rock cradles, serve hungry, and heal our sick.
To try to set measure would be a waste.
There is no dollar value that can be placed.
Why do so many people serve as volunteers?
There are so many reasons, some bring us to tears.
For whatever their reasons for serving may be,
Volunteers are the answer and always will be.
There isn’t enough money to pay for what they do
Just remember to say “Thanks” when they come to help you!
2000 Volunteer Appreciation Party “Volunteers Leading the Way”, written by Mona Ray, Volunteer Coordinator
Submitted by Mona Ray, Brevard County, Criminal Justice Services, Florida, Brevard County

‘Twas a Dangerous Cliff
Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant;
But over its terrible edge there had slipped
A duke and full many a peasant.
So the people said something would have to be done,
But their projects did not at all tally;
Some said, “Put a fence ’round the edge of the cliff,”
Some, “An ambulance down in the valley.”

But the cry for the ambulance carried the day,
For it spread through the neighboring city;
A fence may be useful or not, it is true,
But each heart became full of pity
For those who slipped over the dangerous cliff;
And the dwellers in highway and alley
Gave pounds and gave pence, not to put up a fence,
But an ambulance down in the valley.

“For the cliff is all right, if you’re careful,” they said,
“And, if folks even slip and are dropping,
It isn’t the slipping that hurts them so much
As the shock down below when they’re stopping.”
So day after day, as these mishaps occurred,
Quick forth would those rescuers sally
To pick up the victims who fell off the cliff,
With their ambulance down in the valley.

Then an old sage remarked: “It’s a marvel to me
That people give far more attention
To repairing results than to stopping the cause,
When they’d much better aim at prevention.
Let us stop at its source all this mischief,” cried he,
“Come, neighbors and friends, let us rally;
If the cliff we will fence, we might almost dispense
With the ambulance down in the valley.”

“Oh he’s a fanatic,” the others rejoined,
“Dispense with the ambulance? Never!
He’d dispense with all charities, too, if he could;
No! No! We’ll support them forever.
Aren’t we picking up folks just as fast as they fall?
And shall this man dictate to us? Shall he?
Why should people of sense stop to put up a fence,
While the ambulance works in the valley?”

But the sensible few, who are practical too,
Will not bear with such nonsense much longer;
They believe that prevention is better than cure,
And their party will soon be the stronger.
Encourage them then, with your purse, voice, and pen,
And while other philanthropists dally,
They will scorn all pretense, and put up a stout fence
On the cliff that hangs over the valley.

Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old,
For the voice of true wisdom is calling.
“To rescue the fallen is good, but ’tis best
To prevent other people from falling.”
Better close up the source of temptation and crime
Than deliver from dungeon or galley;
Better put a strong fence ’round the top of the cliff
Than an ambulance down in the valley.
— Joseph Malins (1895)
Submitted by Candy Yoder, Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc, IN

What’s a Volunteer?
There is a job to be done,
could be lots of fun.
Just give us a call,
and we’ll have a ball.
You must have a big heart.
It’s always a help to be sorta smart.
The money is rare,
but the rewards are big in compare.
-Pat Boyes
Submitted by Diane, PTA, TX

Thanks, Volunteer
Thanks for all the little things,
The “done-and-then-forgotten” things,
The “oh-it’s-simply-nothing” things
That make our days much brighter.

With unobtrusive, friendly things,
And “never-mind-the-trouble” things,
And “won’t-you-let-me-help-you” things,
You’ve made our hearts much later.
— Aurthor unknown
Submitted by Diane, PTA, TX

To Our Volunteer
You’ve been so very good to us.
You’ve been kind in every way.
You’ve made us treats and helped
On all our special days.
Today we’d like to thank you
For all you’ve done this year,
And to tell you that you’re special
And so very, very dear.
Today we’d like to tell you
In our own special way:
We appreciate the things
you’ve done
More than words can say.
by Paulette, TLC

submitted by Diane,TX

V is for the vigor that you bring
O is for the opportunity to know you
L is for your life you share
U is for the unconditional love you have
N is for the nurturing you give
T is for the time you don’t have
E is for the excitement you bring
E is for the energy you have
R is for the reason you’re a volunteer
Jolita Dorsett, Volunteer Coordinator

V is for the victories you’ve taught
us how to win.
O is for the opportunity of giving us a
a helping friend.
L is for the labor and love you render
so unselfishly
U is for the understanding you know and
feel we need.
N is for the times that you have never
let us down
T is for the truthfulness uou bring into
our lives.
E is for the exceptional way you do the
things you do.
E is for excellence in your going beyond
our expectations.
R is for remembering just how lucky we
are to have you.
Tina Hamilton, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Ohio

Through the Patients’ Eyes
My dear volunteer . . .
You are my friend, my neighbor, my confidant
You are from down the street, across the river and into the next county
You are young and old and in between
You are educated by your past and hopeful for the future
You are all races and beautiful to me
You pray with me and feel my pain
You see my scars but are not afraid
You guide me and move me in so many ways
You inspire those around you to open their eyes
You speak from your heart and listen with your soul
You are dedicated to the sick
You are determined to make a difference
You give all you have and expect nothing in return
You are kind and caring, even when the world is not
You give me strength to walk on my own
You give me hope to dream about tomorrow
You are a giver, not a taker
You are all that is good in this world.
Written by Jennifer L. Kopar – presented at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon 2000
Submitted by Jennifer L. Kopar, Director, Volunteer Services Department, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

You hold the hand of many
Listen to the words of all
You become more than company
And are there at the slightest call
Bringing joy, laughter, warmth and song
Leaving with what you knew all along
That shared peace with a willing heart
Can be found in all of us
When we each do our part

Submitted by Penny Bennett, Coordinator of Volunteer Services,

Why Be A Volunteer
It’s not for fortune
It’s not for fame
It’s not for only personal gain
It’s not for love of fellowman
Or just to lend a helping hand
It’s not for medals worn with pride
It’s for the feeling deep inside
Of helping others far and near
That makes you want to volunteer!
–By Ann Myhre, Age 15

Submitted by Stacie Morris, Ronald McDonald House Charities , Morgantown, WV

Through Your Eyes
-by Karen Shepard
Through your eyes,
People see things they have never seen.
Through your words,
People hear things they have never heard.
Through your spirit,
People are taken on a journey of discovery.
Take your own journey,
Become a volunteer!
Submitted by Karen Shepard, Volunteer Coordinator, Manatee Observation and Education Center, Fort Pierce, Florida USA


These are the ones who give so much
To soothe our fears with a tender touch.
They arrive each week with a smile so dear
And help to wipe away the most awful fear.

They come in all colors, shapes and ages
And give of their time without any wages.
Each has a talent they are willing to share
With families who know how much they care.

They come in all weather, rain or shine,
To work at the House from nine to nine.
From answering phones to mopping floors,
They find great joy in doing chores.

We are very lucky, there is no doubt,
For Volunteers we can’t do without.
To each one we’d like to say
Thanks for putting sunshine in each day.

-author unknown
Submitted by Sandra Zygarlicke, House Director, Ronald McDonald House, Marshfield, Wisconsin

Valuable Is the Work You Do

Valuable is the work you do.
Outstanding is how you always come through.
Loyal, sincere and full of good cheer,
Untiring in your efforts throughout the year….
Notable are the contributions you make.
Trustworthy in every project you take.
Eager to reach your every goal.
Effective in the way you fulfill your role.
Ready with a smile like a shining star,
Special and wonderful—that’s what you are.

-author unknown, courtesy of Points of Light Foundation, in honor of Volunteer Week
Submitted by Sandra Zygarlicke, House Director, Ronald McDonald House, Marshfield, Wisconsin