At Community Action Partnership ( of Lancaster and Saunders Counties, volunteers are vital. From meal service at the Gathering Place to classroom help at Head Start, volunteers give Community Action programs a boost across the agency. This National Volunteer Week (April 16-22), Community Action recognized volunteers for their contributions with a mini-golf and pizza celebration.

In the past 12 months, over 600 volunteers served nearly 12,000 hours with Community Action programs. The dedication and kindness shown by these volunteers is astounding and always appreciated.

“I’m so inspired by the way the community has supported our agency through service,” said Heather Loughman, Community Action CEO. “When we opened up the Gathering Place for indoor dining again last fall, we needed more people to serve food each night, and our volunteers didn’t miss a beat – it was amazing. I can’t express enough how grateful we are for our volunteers at Community Action.”

Community Action’s mission is to empower people living in poverty to reach economic stability. Its programs and services address the causes and conditions of poverty in four impact areas: early childhood education, homelessness prevention, financial and family well-being and hunger relief and healthy food access. You can learn more about volunteering and complete a volunteer application at