"It’s not just the city employees who make our City programs work, it’s also citizens who give their time and energy. Our senior services have benefited from more than one-hundred seventy-thousand volunteer hours from retired senior volunteers and senior companion volunteers, that amounts to more than 82 full-time employees. Our libraries benefited from more than thirteen-thousand volunteer hours last year, which is equivalent to more than six extra full-time employees. One thing these Library volunteers did was raise money to bring in teenagers and provide fun, safe, things to do. It worked. Our libraries brought in sixty percent more teenagers this year. Volunteers magnify the investment in our libraries and the services available to our seniors and youth and that makes this a stronger, healthier, more engaged community".
“PATHWAYS TO HEALTH, WEALTH AND THE DIGNITY OF WORK”
State of the City Speech 2012 – Mayor David Coss
October 23, 2012