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Nonprofit organizations in need of post-holiday help

December 26, 2018

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine nonprofit organizations say they are struggling to attract volunteers beyond the holiday season.

The Bangor Daily News reports Maine ranks 9th in the nation for volunteerism based on data collected by Volunteering America between April 2017 and April 2018. However, organizers say volunteering numbers taper off following Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Good Shepherd Food Bank volunteer coordinator Bethany Tatro the organization’s warehouses need more help from mid-January to mid-April.

Bangor’s St. Joseph Hospital volunteer coordinator Renee Bouchard attributes the decline in volunteerism throughout the rest of the year to a lack of holiday spirit. Bouchard adds that complicated work schedules can hinder potential volunteers.

Salvation Army administrator Capt. Rebecca Kirk reminds volunteers that even an hour of their time can help an organization.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com

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