"My hope is that nonprofits will allow volunteers the chance to try a one-day volunteer experience with the hope that it is so positive the volunteers will want to establish a relationship with that organization," she added. "Regular volunteers are more reliable and also frequently become financial supporters of the organizations at which they volunteer."
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For those interested in volunteering, Wagner said VWC offers a database, which lists volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
"VWC will soon be posting a list of volunteer opportunities for Washington County's Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Celebration, which will be held on Monday, Jan. 21," Wagner said.
VWC is inviting organizations and groups to host a Sunday Supper the day MLK Day.
Wagner said it's easy to do: "Get a group together, share a meal, reflect on Dr. King's call to service and articulate your plan to get involved."
Wagner noted that recent research indicates that people are more likely to follow through on their plans to volunteer if they have shared their intentions with someone else.
"I hope that after the meal, everybody decides to volunteer the next day," she said. "Although MLK Day is a federal holiday, VWC hopes that in Washington County, it will be a day on, not a day off."
According to Wagner, the day will provide individuals, government agencies, nonprofits and businesses "a chance to share their time, talents and treasure by responding to Dr. King's call to serve. Hopefully, MLK Day will be only the first day of community service in the new year. VWC hopes every person finds the volunteer opportunity that matches their talents, passions and schedules."
If you volunteer
More information about opportunities to volunteer can be found at Volunteer Washington County's website: www.volunteerwashingtoncountymd.org