A note from our president – honoring the contributions of our volunteers

The incredible contribution made by our volunteers is one of the many sources of inspiration at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. They are caring and dedicated people who freely give their time, effort and expertise to ensure that our participants have every chance possible to eliminate the barriers they have to work and independence.

The numbers prove it. During 2014, we had over 1,400 volunteers give their help. They provided a total of more than 35,000 hours to help us achieve our mission of preparing people for work.

During the week of April 12, we join the rest of the country to honor our volunteers and celebrate National Volunteer Week. It was started in 1974 and has become a nationwide campaign to point out the great work done by volunteers and to urge people to help in their communities. Goodwill-Easter Seals will be using National Volunteer Week as a time to celebrate the work done by all our volunteers and to tell about the many ways you can get involved to help support our efforts.

Each volunteer has their own great story to tell. They come from different backgrounds and help out in different ways. One great example is Mike, one of our volunteer mentors. Driving home from the airport at 5:30 a.m., he heard a Goodwill-Easter Seals mentor coordinator on the radio and decided to call in. For more than two years, he’s been helping out by mentoring fathers coming out of incarceration.

On May 14, we ask that you join us for our 9th annual Power of Work celebration in downtown St. Paul. It’s an event that honors the victories of our participants. You’ll be inspired, as we are, by the real stories of people whose lives have changed as a result of the power and dignity of work. We look forward to seeing you there. Contact Willen with questions at 651-379-5929.