Volunteer Voices

April 10th through the 16th marks National Volunteer Week, a week designated to focus on volunteerism, its purpose and its impact. Last year, nearly 63 million Americans chose to take the time to make a difference in the lives of others and in the development of their communities. We are an incredibly generous country and nowhere is that more evident than right here in Door County.

It’s been just about eight months since I began my job here at the Volunteer Center, and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not reminded of the compassion and perseverance that is shown by our community every day. People come together to tackle everyday challenges instead of ignoring them and hoping that they’ll just “disappear.” Today, more than ever, I see people stepping up to help where help is needed to improve our neighborhoods, our schools and our world. They’re truly “making a difference” in the lives of those they touch and ultimately, making our community a better place to live.

On Thursday, April 28 the Door County community and the Volunteer Center of Door County will celebrate volunteerism at the 9th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration at Stone Harbor Resort. This year, we will recognize 31 individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts to make a difference in the communities they love. These people have come together to find solutions to community needs and have become everyday heroes by making a lasting impact in the lives of those they touch.

During National Volunteer Week, take a moment to thank a volunteer and to consider your own power to make a difference. Think about someone you know who has given of their time and energy to help you and then think of a way to “pay it forward” by helping someone else. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and more important than ever. Today you can be the change to make things better for tomorrow.

For volunteer opportunities in Door County or for information on the 2011 Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration, please visit our website at or contact the Volunteer Center at 920.746.7704.