Volunteers contribute 40,526 hours of service through Volunteer Challenge

CLEVELAND, OH --- Northeast Ohio volunteers have “stepped up to the plate” through the Cleveland Indians Volunteer Challenge.  Through a unique partnership between BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (BVU) and the Cleveland Indians, volunteers performed 40,526 hours of service in our community in 2012.  Based on Independent Sector’s value of a volunteer hour, these volunteers contributed $764,526 of service to local nonprofits.

From April 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012, community members were invited to use The Volunteer Center at BVU (BVUvolunteers.org) to find meaningful volunteer opportunities at local nonprofits, volunteer and track their volunteer hours.  Individuals who volunteered for four hours or more received two free tickets to a Cleveland Indians game.  As a result of the Volunteer Challenge, the Cleveland Indians awarded 13,848 tickets. 

Cleveland Indians Volunteer of the Year -- In an effort to further celebrate and inspire volunteerism, the Cleveland Indians and BVU challenged volunteers to track their hours; the individual with the most hours would be named the “Cleveland Indians Volunteer of the Year.”  Jordan Perlman volunteered 472 hours with the Cleveland Clinic between April 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012, and he has been named the “Cleveland Indians Volunteer of the Year” for 2012.  Jordan will be honored on Wednesday, September 19 at a special Indians pregame ceremony on Progressive Field and then will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. 

Jordan Perlman is a Cleveland Clinic volunteer at the Miller Information Desk.  He volunteers Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm each week.  “In this role, Jordan is always on the lookout for visitors who need directions, patient room numbers and appointment locations.  Jordan is very dedicated to Cleveland Clinic’s mission to put “Patients First.”  His dedication is supported by his empathetic and compassionate attitude. Jordan will not only get wheelchairs for patients, but when needed, will transport them to their destinations.  He gives his time freely with a spirit of a genuine desire to serve,” said Elizabeth Stein, Director of Volunteer Services, Cleveland Clinic.