Each year, more than three million Ohioans volunteer in their communities, contributing more than 278 million hours of service and providing more than $6.7 billion in economic value to our state. These volunteers strengthen local organizations by devoting their time and talent to issues of education, health, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship and more. Each April during National Volunteer Week, ServeOhio and the American Electric Power Foundation celebrate volunteers across the state with five awards for their outstanding accomplishments.
This year, we recognize Margo Hudson of Cleveland as our winner from Northeast Ohio. After completing an adult education program with Seeds of Literacy and earning her GED, Margo channeled her own experiences to benefit others in similar situations. She became a volunteer at Seeds of Literacy, where she teaches students twice a week. Since she started volunteering 10 years ago, Margo has accumulated thousands of volunteer hours and actively shares her story as an ambassador for adult education and literacy.
ServeOhio, Ohio’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, enables local communities to mobilize service and volunteer resources to build a stronger Ohio. To visit ServeOhio.org to learn more about making a difference in your community.
William Hall is executive director of ServeOhio/Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism.