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Remember to say ‘thank you’

It takes just two simple words. Just two. I was raised, and I would hope my children are, to use the words “thank you” everywhere and anywhere.

April is known as Volunteer Appreciation month. Think about the numerous volunteers that cross your path every day. Who are they and how are they recognized? What impact do they make on your community?

Did you know?

• 96 percent of the volunteers believe that volunteering makes them happier persons and they answer questions more positively if they’ve recently volunteered.

• With feelings of happiness, empathy and brighter job prospects, it’s no doubt studies reveal that volunteering significantly lowers levels of depression.

• There are 1.8 million non-profit organizations in the United States alone, so the opportunity to volunteer is close to never-ending.

• Americans volunteer 8.8 billion hours annually

Today, I want to say “thank you” to current and past board members for the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board. Your volunteerism ensures children in Hardin and Marshall counties have a bright future and are ready for kindergarten.

“Thank you” to our providers who spend countless hours ensuring positive outcomes for children and their families. Your work with our board and myself to create a positive collective impact is greatly appreciated.

To the volunteers that assist with community events and outreach, attend local civic group meetings, serve on area-wide coalitions and boards…I say “thank you.” To the businesses, donors, and community leaders who help build safer communities…“thank you.”

On May 7, we will also recognize those child care providers who are essential in the workforce. Please take time to say “thank you” to anyone who takes care of your child.

Thank you ideas include:

• Create a surprise for your child care provider

• Giving flowers, cards or a handwritten note of appreciation

• Have your child create a special “thank you”

• Buy something for your provider’s play area

• See if your employer provides scholarships for toys, equipment, or training that you can sponsor as a parent.

In all encounters big and small, remember to say “thank you.” It was Douglas Wood who said, “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.”

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Carrie Kube is a Director for the

Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board.

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