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March 25, 2014

United Way celebrates volunteers, holds summit

April is National Volunteer month and United Way of Central Indiana is ready to celebrate.

Two companies, one non-profit, and five individuals will be honored April 22 for volunteer programs, leadership, and service at the Leadership and Volunteerism Summit hosted jointly by The Central Indiana Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) and UWCI.

“Hoosiers are known for their willingness to give back and make a difference,” said Alan Witchey. “The Indianapolis metropolitan area moved up 11 spots in the rankings for volunteerism. So now we're 16th in the country. That means that more than 29 percent of Indianapolis area residents volunteered in 2012. That really speaks about central Indiana and how much more people are volunteering.”

Witchey, director of the UWCI’s volunteer center, helps to organize the summit each year.

“So many community volunteers are changing our community and improving lives," he said. "This is an important way to recognize and thank them. The summit is in its fourth or fifth year. It really targets companies who engage their employees to volunteer. It's also for people who want to be volunteer leaders in the community.”

The event starts with an awards ceremony, and then moves on to educational tracks.

“We have both non-profits and for-profit organizations attend,” Witchey said. “It really is a dialog about volunteerism and the best practices on how to engage the community.”

Tickets are still available for the event that includes the Leadership & Volunteerism Awards Ceremony, a presentation from Ron Gifford, and a Town Hall Session in the morning, with lunch and a series of breakout sessions concluding the day.

To purchase tickets, visit the website at uwci.org and click on the April 22 event link under Upcoming Events.

“I am so lucky because I get to work with the most amazing volunteers making a difference in their community,” Witchey said. “Over 18,000 volunteers annually go into schools, non-profits, or just their neighborhoods to help people in need. It’s amazing to see what happens through the volunteers.”

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