In 2008, fifth-grader Cassandra Lin came across an article in the local paper. Due to the recession, the article stated, many families in her hometown of Westerly, Rhode Island, were struggling to heat their homes, and local charities were running out of funds. Cassandra was determined to do something to help.
The latest data shows that nearly 63 million Americans volunteer annually, giving almost 8 billion hours of time at an estimated $184 billion value. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.