A million reasons to volunteer: Dakota County saved $900,000 last year in donations of time

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The first Dakota County Volunteer Fair was held on Monday at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley. The two-hour event drew about 200 people, according to organizers. Photo submitted

The first Dakota County Volunteer Fair was held on Monday at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley. The two-hour event drew about 200 people, according to organizers. Photo submitted

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.

Dakota County volunteer coordinator Garrett Zaffke organized the fair, which included 14 different groups, including Dakota County and the cities of Apple Valley,Burnsville and Rosemount.

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.

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