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New Rochelle YMCA CEO Rich McCarty Talks About Value Of Volunteering

New Rochelle YMCA CEO Rich McCarty.
New Rochelle YMCA CEO Rich McCarty. Photo Credit: LinkedIn

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The following is a weekly update from the CEO of the New Rochelle YMCA Rich McCarty:

Friends, many times in my life, I have been asked about my time, talent and treasure. For some of us it’s the most personal of questions. Where one makes donations and/or volunteers can be a very private matter. It can also be a great model for others who are not sure about their support, both financial and volunteer.

For me, it is a moment for great celebration – I’ll share it with you now. I have been a trustee and committee member of my current church for over ten years; I was a board member of my home town Y prior to ever being a Y employee; My wife and I make donations primarily to our church, our alma mater, and the Y at a personally significant level; I have coached youth sports for over 15 years in soccer, football, basketball and baseball.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 62.8 million Americans, or 25.3 percent of the adult population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $184 billion in 2014.

Time can be our enemy or our friend. To a Y, our volunteers who give their time have great value. The national average of volunteers and the services they provide come out to an average of $23.56 per hour.

Talent is something we often overlook. Each one of us has some expertise we can share with the organization we support.

Treasure might be the most personal of all. Some of us pick a number to give and divide it 20 ways. The average donation made in 2014 by all the adults in the country was $1,872.

I would like to think that the Y is at the top of your philanthropic priorities – whether it’s time, talent or treasure. If the Y is in your top three, I’d be most grateful. And on behalf of all the non-profits you support.

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