Name: Rachelle Barrett, zone chair and club president Profession: Full-time volunteer, retired nurse. Member of: Peoria Sunset Lions Club, Peoria, Arizona How did you become a Lion? “I had been a Lioness since 1983. Then in 2000 my entire Lioness club became a Lions club. Eight years ago I moved and joined the Peoria Sunset Lions Club.” Why do you and your club members support LCIF? “Our support of LCIF shows how our small efforts are a critical part of a much larger good. With one candle we can light the way for a few. With one million candles we become a beacon to lead many people out of darkness. Also, here in Arizona we have had many opportunities to see how LCIF funding can help in the case of emergencies: No red tape, no intermediaries, just a friend reaching out to a friend in a time of need. We are proud to be a 100% Contributing Member Club and a CSFII Model Club.” How does your club raise funds for LCIF? “We try to organize fun activities to raise money. For example, we have a White Elephant Sale three times per year. I think the same rock has been sold several times already!” How do club members react to being presented with an MJF? “Each year my club awards three MJFs and without fail the recipients are surprised and deeply moved. For us, receiving an MJF shows that someone saw the better part of ourselves than we knew we ever had." NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS INCREASES A recent study showed that approximately 61.8 million Americans volunteered through an organization in 2008, up one million from the previous year. According to “Volunteering in America 2009,” a study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 37 percent of nonprofit organizations reported increasing the number of volunteers they use. Forty-eight percent foresee increasing their use of volunteers in the coming year.
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