The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals.  It’s an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, build stronger communities, and be a force that transforms the world. 

As we reflect on our last year, we are in awe of the Council on Aging of Central Oregon’s volunteers. The organization significantly increased services and created new programs due to the pandemic.

As we know, it’s been uncertain times and has required the volunteers to pivot. We are so grateful for such flexibility! Volunteers are the foundation of our organization. They offer their time and effort to improve the lives of older adults. Volunteers are special people who make the community a better place. In turn, the volunteers’ own lives are enriched by knowing that they are making such a difference.

While we celebrate volunteers during National Volunteer Week – April 18-24, we appreciate them every day. We’re able to serve older adults in Central Oregon because of the many hands. We recognize the value of the caring and compassion that each one has shown. Doing good comes in many forms, and we appreciate and celebrate them all.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who dedicate their time!

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