National Volunteer Week: Why Do They Give Up So Much of Their Time

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When Jonathan Noble isn't writing books, he spends his time volunteering.

"4 days a week, I volunteer Monday through Friday from 8 to noon," said Noble.

Noble has been helping out at the United Way 2-1-1 office since January.

"This is something that I can do to help out in my own little small way, said Noble, to help out and know that I really am doing something good that really is helping people who face needs."

Directors say the free help is needed.

"Our annual budgets just don't allow us to hire the people we need."
"we cannot open those doors every morning if we don't have volunteers here helping and assisting," said 211 Director David Duke.

The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention also uses volunteers to stay afloat.

Directors say due to budget cuts they only have a part time receptionist.

"I answer the phone, I run the desk, I talk to the clients, I schedule appointments, anything the ladies need in the office," said Samantha Patterson.

For the past two years, Samantha Patterson has volunteered every Wednesday and Friday at the Exchange Center.

She says her reasons are simple.

"To create a positive change and to give back to those who need."

Although volunteering doesn't include a paycheck, most say what they do get in return, matters more.

"It's a great feeling I love to see the children when were making a difference," added Patterson.

"It's been very very satisfying and rewarding," said Noble.

Feelings that keep the volunteer cycle going.

Many non-profit agencies throughout the Wiregrass need volunteers.

If you would like to give back by volunteering, dial 2-1-1 toll free and find out what volunteer opportunities are available in your community.

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