Every year Seward towers puts together a little â€śthank youâ€? event to show their appreciation for the volunteers. When I first got the invitation, I wasnâ€™t sure if I wanted to go because I didnâ€™t know what all they had planned. Later, I was talking to some of the staff and they seemed really excited about it, so I decided I would go. There were all sorts of food and decorations. I had some of the best humus I have ever eaten and the cookies were pretty good too! We went around in a circle and shared a little bit about what we do. The different positions included meals-on-wheels, computer help, adult tutors, and after-school tutors. Then some of the staff got up and spoke about how valuable our time is to the organization; they shared some really surprising information. The average hour volunteering (anywhere) is worth over $18! Thatâ€™s huge! I knew that time spent there was valuable, but seeing the numbers really shows how important and easy it is to make a difference. The event ended with a raffle drawing and small gifts, which was really fun. I won a gift card to Perkins. I canâ€™t wait to use it! I also got to take home a balloon. I was surprised that they gave away so much stuff. It was cool to see how passionate everyone was there; their positive attitudes have made this a better experience than I expected. I left feeling extremely appreciated for the work I have done.