Each month, people spend approximately 2,500 hours volunteering for United Way of Muscatine (UWM). Drawn from UWM’s self-report data, volunteers quite likely give even more time each month to the causes they care about. With their help, UWM assists many throughout the community through programs such as the Day of Caring, Pack the Bus school supply drive, and the summer meal program, among many others. Each year, UWM hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch to thank their volunteers for their service. On Thursday, November 21st, they held their 2019 event, giving volunteers a time to recharge, connect, and learn about each other’s community service.
This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Lunch took place at the Riverview Center. Volunteers enjoyed fresh subs for lunch, courtesy of Avenue Subs. After some social time, Nicole Sorgenfrey, Program Manager for UWM, introduced the day’s three speakers, Frank Iliff from Rebuilding Together Muscatine County, Ann Green from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Mindy Stark from the Girl Scouts. Each speaker shared what their group does and what people can do to get involved if they feel so inclined.
As a final salute to the volunteers and all they do, UWM hosted a t-shirt drawing. Four lucky volunteers won new UWM shirts. Krista Regennitter, Muscatine County Extension Director, Chad Adams, Store Director of Hy-Vee Mainstreet, and two other prominent community volunteers walked away with these prizes.
Overall, volunteers from all areas of the community enjoyed UWM’s Sixth Annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. For Sorgenfrey, their enjoyment makes the event worth it each and every year. “It’s so important to volunteer in your community,” she shared. “I’m so honored to get to put this event on.”