Missourians volunteer over 168,000 hours in Bicentennial Community Service ChallengeOzark Radio News

City of Jefferson – The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC), in partnership with the Missouri Bicentennial Commission, today announced that the people of Missouri have logged 168,636 hours of service through the Bicentennial Community Service Challenge. The challenge was launched last year to call on Missourians to volunteer 200 hours in celebration of the state’s 200th anniversary.

Hundreds of communities and organizations received volunteer support through the challenge, encouraging Missourians to serve in areas including COVID-19 response, crisis response, insecurity food, tutoring and mentoring, senior services and veterans services. The total number of hours donated represents an estimated $4.3 million investment in Missouri communities. According to the Independent Sector, one hour of volunteer work in Missouri equals almost $26.

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“When a community is in need, Missourians always step up,” said MCSC executive director Scott McFarland. “We are proud of the work done by 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.

Those who complete the Bicentennial Community Service Challenge will receive the National Award President’s Award for Voluntary Service in addition to Missouri state recognition. Although the challenge is over, community organizations still need volunteers. Missourians are encouraged to visit MCSC website to search thousands of volunteer opportunities across the state.

“We are amazed but not surprised at the number of documented service hours reported in 2021,” said Beth Pike, bicentennial coordinator for the State Historical Society of Missouri. “I can think of no more fitting way to honor the state’s bicentennial than to serve our communities, and we are grateful to the many volunteers who gave of their valuable time. The people of Missouri made our state’s 200th anniversary a year to remember! »

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