Giving back to our communities: Monarch volunteers serve in record numbers
People supported by Monarch statewide made a tremendous impact on numerous people and communities statewide through volunteerism.
Monarch volunteers have collected canned goods and served food for the homeless in soup kitchens, performed and sang for seniors at nursing centers, participated in Adopt-A-Street programs, delivered Meals on Wheels, sponsored blood drives, planted seedlings at public state parks, worked with master gardeners to beautify senior centers, and baked treats for animals at Humane Societies among so many other good deeds.
During 2012-2013, the people supported volunteered 35,228.38 hours – an economic impact of $672,509.77, according to the Independent Sector’s value that one service hour in North Carolina equals $19.09.
“The time and effort that the people we support contribute to the places where they live, work and attend programs, comes back to them ultimately in terms of improved community settings, which are invaluable in enjoying healthy and meaningful lives, of which we are all deserving,” said Eileen Bress, Monarch’s volunteer and community coordinator who also organizes Monarch’s Community Life Improvement Committee (CLIC), a group that encourages the people supported to become involved in their communities.
Several of Monarch’s groups and programs, including the Health Drive day program in New Bern, The Lighthouse Club Bell Choir of Currituck in Harbor Point, and Montgomery Community Life Skills in Biscoe, were recognized by the N.C. Governor’s office for their volunteerism.
Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit www.MonarchNC.org.
Pictured above: Tracy Everhart, who attends Monarch's Brighter Visions in Norwood, delivers Meals on Wheels to seniors in Anson County.