Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:30
By Rachel Hittner
Catholic Charities is recognizing 557 volunteers this week who gave a total of 21,983.5 hours of their time to the organization in 2011. Their time, if valued at $17.80 an hour, saved the agency just under $400,000.
This week is National Volunteer Week. Catholic Charities, an agency of the Diocese of Wichita, joins agencies across the country who are thankful for the volunteers who donate countless hours of time.
“These disciples in our midst are truly answering the call of stewardship – to give of their time, talent and treasure,” said Charities’ Executive Director Cynthia Colbert.
“With the help of ongoing volunteers at Catholic Charities, our ability to alleviate poverty and build strong families in the Diocese of Wichita is increased and strengthened. Our volunteers are truly invaluable.”
She added that their volunteers work to promote good and improve human quality of life – all for the glory of God.
Though volunteers are responding to Christ’s call to serve, they often comment that they receive much more than they give.
“Volunteering at the Food Pantry at Catholic Charities is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done,” said volunteer Sam San Martin. “And that’s including many fulfilling jobs I’ve worked in the last 20 years.”
Want to volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering in one or more of over 15 programs at Catholic Charities, contact Rachel Hittner at 264-8344 ext. 1261 or email