Metro Parks has been trying to better capture the number of volunteer hours spent in the park district through the Chip-in program, coaching, teen volunteering, event volunteering and all the many other volunteer opportunities.
The stats are incredible.
Total Hours volunteered
That's right. Last year more than 176,000 hours were donated to the park district.
Let me put that another way: in 1 year, volunteers donated 20 years worth of their time to Metro Parks.
We estimate the value of the time donated as $3.7 million.
I think there a lot of takeaways from this:
- People love their parks!
- They donate their time when they feel like it will be valued and worthwhile.
- Metro Parks couldn't provide the level of service we do without our volunteers.
I'm so impressed and so grateful for all that volunteers have done.