Nonprofits see holiday volunteer influx, but struggle to find help the rest of the year

December 26, 2018
Bangor Daily News (ME)

The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter needs volunteers around the year to serve daily meals, transport food, and sort through food and clothing donations. Last year, according to Executive Director Boyd Kronholm, the shelter recorded 7,000 volunteer hours, but volunteers put in the majority of those hours during two months — November and December. Some 38.7 percent of Maine residents volunteered between April 2017 and April 2018, according to the latest annual Volunteering in America report, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service. That’s the ninth highest rate in the nation. The report, which measures general volunteering with a formal organization, shows that 425,346 volunteers in Maine put in 39.2 million hours of service during the reporting period.

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