By Denise Woods, Contributor
What is the value of a volunteer? It is unmeasurable. You may give your time or money to a person, cause or organization, but the true value of volunteerism is beyond any price. The state of Tennessee has set the standard rate for in-kind donations at the rate of $23.57 per hour. This rate is more than most make working a job. Volunteers are more valuable than the standard rate to the non-profit world.
Volunteers are important to the sustainability of a non-profit organization such as A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition. Although we are grant funded, we rely on volunteers to help staff do the work to reduce substance use. The Drug Free Communities Grant is a matching grant meaning we must show the federal government that we can match the amount of the grant given with monetary and non-monetary donations. It goes beyond this though, volunteers are important to the success of a drug-free Johnson County.
We would like to recognize those who have helped us over the past budget year, The Executive Board of ACTION (Mike Reece, Linda Moon, Mina Norfleet, James Bowman, Joey Norris, Mark Sijthoff, Chasity Trivette, and Patricia Scott). Your leadership helps us continue to combat this ever-growing problem in society. Members and parents of SADD of Johnson County from 2016-present, your investment in the club is helping other youth see that not everyone is using drugs and that you have a valuable voice in our community.
To our local law enforcement, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Mountain City Police Department, you have a big job to keep our community safe and with your help we can insure our citizens that drinking and driving, and drugged driving is unacceptable no matter who you are. To our local government including city council, county commissioners, mayors, and the beer board, your support for policy change when new issues arise help us to educate our community on drug awareness and prevention of future problems related to drug trends.
To our business sector including the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, your donations to projects for our youth help with leadership development and encouraging both large and small businesses to have a drug-free workplace is important for the growth of Johnson County.
To our health sector, including all who participate in the Count It, Lock It, Drop It Campaign, and to the Johnson County Health Department, we are in this together and your support for a healthier Johnson County is greatly appreciated and needed to target the prescription drug epidemic. To those in the media sector, you are instrumental in helping us reach our community with information on current drug trends and issues.
To the religious sector, your participation in Red Ribbon Week shows your congregation that spiritual guidance is needed for all including those with drug dependence and addictions. To Johnson County School System, your support in reaching youth with drug education is a main part of what the coalition does as well as supporting SADD Clubs in the high school and middle school. Together we can make a difference in their lives so they can overcome anything in a world full of problems. To other sectors in the community not at the table, we welcome you to join us for a greater Johnson County.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” ~Coretta Scott King. We have a great community that isn’t exempt from problems, but by working together for a common goal we can make our community a better place to live. The A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition would like to say thank you for all you do to help reduce substance use in Johnson County.