Inside NHPHA: The Value of Volunteering

by Gail Tudor, NHPHA Board President

I am one month into my year as president of NHPHA and writing my first newsletter article. It is difficult to know what to focus on as we are working on so much, such as advocacy work, creating and partnering with coalitions, planning the Team Up Take Action (TUTA) conference for fall 2021, training new board members, overseeing interns, creating and updating policies, grant writing, planning workforce development opportunities, and more. Given that our accomplishments are directly dependent on the person-hours we have available to us, I have decided to focus on the worth of volunteering.  

According to the Independent Sector, “Volunteers in the United States hold up the foundation of civil society. They help their neighbors, serve their communities, and provide their expertise. No matter what kind of volunteer work they do, they are contributing in invaluable ways.” They also state that the current value of a volunteer is $28.54 per hour. Impressive! However, I think the true value of volunteering is best measured by the volunteers themselves. Volunteers often confirm that they are pleased to be able to help and are proud to have something to offer society. I think anyone who has volunteered would agree that they value the new skills they learn and the sense of community they share.   

Public health provides many opportunities for people to volunteer and NHPHA is no exception. To improve the service NHPHA offers to the community, we are seeking input from its members. A survey will come out soon asking if and how you use our website so we can make it as user-friendly and helpful as possible. Completing such surveys is one way to volunteer with NHPHA. Another way is to join one of our committees. We are particularly looking for people to join our Communications Committee, Membership Committee, and Program Planning Committee. If interested, please email our Program Assistant, Autumn, at [email protected]. I look forward to working with you all over the coming year. 

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