A million reasons to volunteer: Dakota County saved $900,000 last year in donations of time
A few hundred local residents attended the first Dakota County Volunteer Resource Fair on Monday at the Western Service Center in Apple Valley.
The fair aimed to match volunteers with organizations that need help with a variety of tasks and the financial benefits of getting it done for free.
Government units are increasingly seeing the benefits of volunteerism.
Zaffke’s position was created two years ago, and it has led to a 50 percent increase in volunteerism across the county’s 12 departments in 2016 at an estimated savings of $900,000.
He said that’s a number that catches a lot of people’s attention, including volunteers, public officials and taxpayers.