“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Providing a forum for individuals to learn where to volunteer time, talent and skills is the goal of the NonProfit Showcase being held on June 18th from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit.
Those attending will talk one-on-one with representatives from nonprofit organizations located in Lee’s Summit and the Eastern Jackson County area about their services and how to become a volunteer.
“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with more than 40 nonprofit organizations at one time, all under one roof, to find out about their mission and how to become involved in their dynamic vision,” said Susan Coffman, chairperson of the Lee’s Summit Human Services Advisory Board (LSHSAB).
“It is also a chance for those who had not considered volunteering to learn what it entails as well as to identify areas of interest,” Coffman said.
LSHSAB and the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Civic Engagement Committee of its Community for All Ages Coalition are hosting this first-time event for the community. Although this event was created to identify potential volunteers more than 50 years of age, all age groups are welcome to attend the event.
“One goal of our Community for All Ages Coalition for Eastern Jackson County initiative is to ensure that our community effectively harnesses the energy and talents of our growing 50+ population to improve area communities,” said Truman Heartland Community Foundation President and CEO Phillip Hanson. “With 10,000 Baby Boomers per day reaching age 65 nationally, and 2,000 every month in our local community, we know that we have many people who are entering their retirement years and have incredible energy and talents to contribute,” said Hanson.
One way in which this is being accomplished is by identifying ways in which these individuals can volunteer in the nonprofit and civic sectors.
Oftentimes this is the age group with more discretionary time on their hands because they may have retired and their children are older.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the volunteer rate in our country declined by 1.1 percentage points to 25.4 percent for the year ending in September 2013. Women continued to volunteer at a higher rate than men across all age groups, educational levels, and other major demographic characteristics according to these findings. For persons 45 years and over, the statistics revealed, the volunteer rate tapered off as age increased.
Our community’s volunteerism rate, some would say, is trending higher in comparison to these national statistics.
We have a large number of individuals who consistently volunteer in our community in activities ranging from our award-winning parks and recreation system, to the festivals and other organizations within the community.
“There is a great sense of community in Lee’s Summit. It is a place where neighbors know one another, where businesses, organizations and individuals assist each other before help is sought. It is a part of Lee’s Summit’s unique neighborliness and charm,” said Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads.
“The Nonprofit Showcase is another opportunity for us to cast the net wider by welcoming first-time volunteers and introducing others to additional volunteer opportunities within the community and the metropolitan area,” said Mayor Rhoads.
Learn more about the NonProfit Showcase by contacting Lee’s Summit Human Services Advisory Board Chairperson Susan Coffman at 816.835.3459 or by email at sdcoffman@KC.RR.com.
About Lee’s Summit Human Services Advisory Board: The Board shall consist of fourteen (14) members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. Their role is to identify and assess the human service needs of the community; educate and advise the City Council, public, and appropriate not-for-profit and government agencies about the human service needs of the community; develop plans, coordinate efforts, and provide support to these agencies in addressing the needs of the community; and evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts in addressing the human service needs of the community.
About Truman Heartland Community Foundation: The mission of the Truman Heartland Community Foundation is to improve area communities by promoting and serving private giving for the public good. Visit www.thcf.org.