Missourians answer the call to community service

Last year, the Missouri Bicentennial Commission, along with the Missouri Community Service Commission, challenged Missourians to volunteer 200 hours in celebration of the state’s 200th anniversary.

Many of you across the state have accepted the challenge. As we recently reported, Missourians contributed more than 168,000 hours of service to the challenge.

They have served a variety of causes, including COVID-19 response, crisis intervention, food insecurity, tutoring and mentoring, elder services, and veterans services.

Each hour of volunteering equals approximately $26. This means that Missourians donated time equivalent to an estimated $4.3 million investment in Missouri communities.

“When a community is in need, Missourians always step up,” said Scott McFarland, executive director of MCSC, in a recent article we published. “We are proud of the work of these volunteers to honor our past and strengthen our future. The Missouri Bicentennial was a historic occasion, and through this challenge, citizens answered the call to commemorate it and serve their communities. in unprecedented numbers.”

The MCSC is a bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor and administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Its mission is to strengthen Missouri communities through volunteerism and service.

Those who complete the challenge will receive the President’s National Volunteer Service Award, as well as state recognition. But that’s not why they did it. Public service has its own inherent rewards.

Although the challenge is met, the need for volunteers is always present. To volunteer, visit showmeservice.org.


Jill E. Washington