Thursday, February 21, 2013 — Audrey Holland, volunteer administrator for the Senior Nutrition Program in Hertford, N.C. calls it a “win-win situation.” Holland is referencing the mutually advantageous partnership between the Senior Nutrition Program and Monarch’s Heritage Club in Edenton-Chowan.
Like many of Monarch’s sites across the state, participants of the Heritage Club have volunteered numerous hours to deliver meals to aging adults who struggle to get the nutrition they deserve and need. The Senior Nutrition Program serves ten counties in northeastern North Carolina, including Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington. The program receives funding for the nutritious meals but volunteers are required to deliver them.
“Luckily for the Senior Nutrition Program, some Monarch participants want to help other people in the community,” explained Holland. “We are grateful that we can work together to reach our goals to best serve the public.”
Holland is right, the ‘win-win’ she describes is designed so that all participants can profit from it in one way or the other. Monarch works diligently with the people it supports with intellectual and developmental disabilities to discover their interests and help them find their place in the community – and to give back.
Last year people with disabilities supported by Monarch gave their talent, energy and time – exactly 35,152.17 hours of their time.
>From the mountains to the coast, that dedication and level of service to communities across the state yielded an economic impact of $660,860.80, according to the Independent Sector, a national organization that estimates the value of volunteer time for North Carolina at $18.80 per service hour.
“We are so proud of the people supported by Monarch for tirelessly working in their communities as volunteers during 2012. We had a record year for volunteer hours in the community,” said Blake Martin, Monarch’s chief development officer who oversees the agency’s volunteer program. “I am amazed each year at the economic impact Monarch and the people we support are making throughout the state. Thank you for all you are doing to make it possible for people to engage in their community through these volunteer opportunities.”