WSSRA thanks vounteers for making so much possible

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The week of April 17-23 was National Volunteer Week. Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, National Volunteer Week celebrates the positive impact volunteers have on communities. According to the foundation, "Volunteers help inspire those they help and inspire others to serve."

West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) wants to thank the many volunteers who inspire the participants and families served by the association. Last year, 227 volunteers donated 3,385 hours to WSSRA.

These generous volunteers helped the association provide quality therapeutic recreation to enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. Some worked at programs, some at special events.

What did they do? The list is long. WSSRA volunteers act as on-to-one aides at all kinds of events. They demonstrate new skills to our participants. They guide, celebrate success, encourage, role-model, assist participants with personal care, teach new skills, act as a referee, play, swim, draw, communicate, create, imagine and have fun.

Their gifts of time and talent to WSSRA make a difference in the lives of the individuals WSSRA serves. Families touched by disabilities often are asked to look at their loved ones' challenges rather than their abilities. WSSRA volunteers do the opposite. They focus on all that our participants can do. We thank them for that and wanted to do so publicly.

Sandra Gbur
executive director

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