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April Newsletter 2021

Volunteers Give to Keep

Communities for Recovery is proud to dedicate this month’s newsletter to our volunteers. We started as a small group of volunteers and the motto “Give to Keep” and continue to follow this motto 18 years later. When we give of ourselves and care for others, we also receive something in return. Volunteering counteracts stress, anger, anxiety, and depression. It helps build self-confidence and gives us an added sense of purpose. Volunteering builds connections in our community that reduce isolation and strengthen the recovery of everyone involved. Volunteers contributed 2,851 hours of help and support in 2020 and were critical to our successful transition to providing online and telephonic support groups. Our Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank each volunteer for the time and talent they have given to the community.

Thank you,

Darrin Acker

Executive Director

Read More About the 2020 President’s Volunteer Service Award Recipients Here

A Calling to Help Others

As someone who started volunteering in 2014 and now serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for C4R, I am proud to share my perspective on the value of volunteering. I became a Volunteer Coordinator because I saw how volunteering impacted my life and I wanted to offer that same opportunity to others who are seeking ways to turn around their life. I don’t see volunteering just as giving your free time for a cause you believe in; I see it as path of personal and professional development. I see it as path of becoming something bigger than self. One of my favorite quotes is:

“Only life lived for others is worth living.”

Albert Einstein

I agree with that. It does not matter in what way we are making a contribution - what matters is that are we contributing to a better society.

Volunteering in early recovery has reinforced all that I have learned by leading me to an inner sense of purpose and fulfillment - a calling to help others.


“I have learned to become part of a community that not only enables me to grow and learn, but to be able to give back to those who may be starting their process in recovery”

~Pamela, CforR Volunteer and President’s Volunteer Service Award Recipient

Your donation helps us provide training and resources to volunteers.


President’s Volunteer Service Award Spotlight

Congratulations to recipients of the 2020 President's Volunteer Service Awards!
This prestigious award bestowed by the President of the United States recognizes the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities and inspires those around them to take action.

Learn All About Our Incredible Volunteers

“I am a living example of how volunteering can positively impact life. From being at the lowest in my life, today I am living my highest. My family is united, my recovery support system is expanded, I made friends through volunteering with CforR”

“Soy un ejemplo vivo de cómo el voluntariado puede tener un impacto positivo en la vida. De estar en lo más bajo de mi vida, hoy estoy viviendo lo más alto. Mi familia está unida, mi sistema de apoyo a la recuperación crece e hice amigos a través del voluntariado con CforR.”

~ Julia, CforR Volunteer and President’s Volunteer Service Award Recipient

Make a donation to support our leaders like Julia through recovery.


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We support long-term recovery for people with substance use and co-occurring mental health issues by partnering with other organizations in the community to provide peer-supported recovery services.

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