Volunteers

Arts Partners Mentor the Next Generation

By Henry Lucey-Lee, National Director of Arts Ministry
March 6, 2017

As an arts student, Daniel never expected to walk through an art gallery accompanied by an experienced scholar and writer like Walter Hansen. He was even more surprised when Walter asked for his opinion on the stimulating art that surrounded them. Walter was genuinely interested in Daniel’s work, and his ability to listen well to young creative people was the motivation behind this meeting. Their relationship and friendship continued to grow through similar conversations.

The arts influence culture in a profound way, and young artists need to learn more than just trade skills in their media. Our arts schools often prepare students to be proficient at pursuing their art work, but leave them unprepared emotionally and spiritually for life after graduation.

Thankful for Volunteers

Alec Hill, President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
February 13, 2013

I love volunteers and believe that they are critical to the Fellowship’s future. Why?

Personal Experience

Prior to coming to InterVarsity, my passion for volunteers was shaped by three experiences. The first involved serving for three years as a Young Life staff volunteer. At the ripe age of 20, I became the team leader of a team of fellow volunteers. We planted a club and watched it grow to 150 weekly participants, a transformative experience for me. Several of my “kids” still support my ministry.

Second, at age 27, I became a World Relief Regional Director in a five-state region. My team’s task: resettle 1,000 refugees per year. U.S. State Department funds were inadequate for a staff-only model. Our strategy was to recruit church volunteers to host refugee families. A State Department audit told an encouraging story: For every public dollar granted, our office generated seven dollars worth of volunteer time.

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