Helping the helpers

Where would we be without all the volunteers out there?

A move is underway to give a salute and a "thank you" to local volunteers by encouraging businesses to offer discounts and incentives to them during National Volunteer Week April 18-24.

To that end, United Way’s HandsOn Greater Duluth Volunteer Center is teaming up with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. More than 5,000 purple ribbons  (Yes, there’s that many volunteers out there giving of their time) will be distributed to volunteers. And a list of businesses offering them a deal will be compiled.

Participating businesses will recognize the volunteers by the purple ribbons they wear.

Vounteers do a lot of good while freeing up agencies’ time and resources to be more effective, said Sarah Lerohl, the HandsOn Greater Duluth Program coordinator.

"Celebrating our volunteers is just as much about celebrating our community as it is about celebrating individual accomplishments," Lerohl said in a prepared statement.

To participate, businesses should call the HandsOn volunteer center at 726-4794